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September 30, 2019

2019 Halloween Happenings in WNY

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If you are looking for a list of fun Halloween to-dos in the Buffalo and Rochester area, be sure to take a gander at my list compiled below!  I spent hours researching and selecting the best picks that I thought would appeal to WNY families in particular, so I hope this helps you find one or two exciting events to enjoy with your loved ones.  If you don't see an event on the list, please let me know and I'll be glad to add it to my post.  Also, be sure to share this post with your friends!

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER


Pumpkinville (Ellicottville) - Family Fall Fun
Schedule varies, check website for details

The Great Pumpkin Farm (Clarence) - Fall Festival
Schedule varies, check website for details

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Pumpkin Fiesta
Admission includes pony ride, goat races, sing-along hayride through the forest, petting zoo, playground.
Schedule varies, check website for details

FrightWorld, America's Screampark (Tonawanda) - Haunted Houses
Schedule varies, check website for details
Buffalo’s biggest and best indoor screampark is back for the 2019 Season with a new location!  Now located at the former Walmart in Amherst, NY - 2055 Niagara Falls Boulevard. Frightworld has been voted one of the best haunted houses in the country and featured on the Travel Channel. Come experience all 5 haunted attractions, which will be sure to leave you panic stricken with chills going up your spine.

House of Horrors (Cheektowaga) - Haunted Houses
Dates & times vary, check website

Beyond Ghosts/Candlelight Tours - Various Experiences & Tours
Check website for dates, times and to purchase tickets

Van Horn Mansion 2019 Candlelight Tours (Newfane/Burt) - Various Times
Fridays & Saturdays in October | 7-11pm
October 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, 25 & 26
Guests are led through candlelit rooms in a spooky tour of this infamous haunted home. You’ll be entertained by amazing ghostly legends and eerie stories from all over the estate, and have plenty of chances for feeling and even seeing the supernatural!

Fright Fest at Six Flags Darien Lake - Various Dates
By day families with young children can enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, along with other kid-friendly activities. By night the park transforms from a theme park to a scream park featuring: Zombies roaming around every corner; Four scare zones and haunted mazes; four haunted houses including the brand new Corridors of Chaos (additional fee required); and Our Halloween-themed laser light show, Spooktacular, performed on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 p.m.

Everhaunt (Angola) - Haunted Houses
Dates & times vary, check website

Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street (Ellicottville) - Haunted Hayrides
Run Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through November 3rd.

OCTOBER 5th

Hawk Creek Wildlife Center (West Falls) - Here Be Dragons Not So Spooky Halloween Celebration (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
Learn all about the real dragons of the world, see them up close, participate in a costume contest, go trick-or-treating and more!

Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise (Buffalo) - Grand Lady Cruises Buffalo Riverworks
Pre-registration is required and this does sell out, so book soon if interested!

Lake View Cemetery - Saints & Sinners Tours
Horse-drawn carriage rides with costumed guides uncover the stories of Jamestown.

Lewiston Peace Garden - Marble Orchard Ghost Walk
Held Saturdays at 7 p.m. through October 26th. Bring a flashlight as it gets dark in the cemetery!

ZombieVille (Lancaster) - Ghostly Stroll (and maybe some shopping!)
Stroll down Central Avenue and enjoy decorated windows and uniquely decorated pumpkins, along with our friendly Zombie light posts. Say hello to one of our friendly Zombies on the street.

Everhaunt - Family Fall Festivals (12:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
Kids will enjoy pumpkins, face painting, lights-on haunted house walk through, kids costume contest, food trucks, and more.

OCTOBER 11th

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (North Tonawanda) - Spooktacular (5:30 - 8:00 p.m.)
Our Halloween Spooktacular is so much fun it’s…not scary! This family-friendly event is appropriate for even the youngest ghosts and goblins. Join us for a spook-free Halloween party, games, crafts, snacks, carousel rides & more.

Buffalo Zoo - Halloween Celebration at the Zoo (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Everyone will enjoy trick-or-treat candy stations, bounce houses, and inflatables, free carousel rides (weather permitting), Zoo admission with keeper talks, hayrides (for additional fee) and more!

OCTOBER 12th

Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester) - ZooBoo (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Enjoy visits with costumed characters, Halloween crafts, games and activities, costume parades twice daily, and more!

Buffalo Zoo - Halloween Celebration at the Zoo (5:30 - 8:30 p.m.)
Everyone will enjoy trick-or-treat candy stations, bounce houses, and inflatables, free carousel rides (weather permitting), Zoo admission with keeper talks, hayrides (for additional fee) and more!

Everhaunt - Family Fall Festivals (12:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
Kids will enjoy pumpkins, face painting, lights-on haunted house walk through, kids costume contest, food trucks, and more.

OCTOBER 13th


Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester) - ZooBoo (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Enjoy visits with costumed characters, Halloween crafts, games and activities, costume parades twice daily, and more!

Explore & More Children's Museum (Buffalo) - Super Sunday Halloween Spooktacular (11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Safe, indoor trick-or-treating, not-so-spooky art projects, and more.

OCTOBER 18th

Buffalo Museum of Science (Buffalo) - Are You Afraid of the Dark?  (Age 21+ event, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Face your deepest phobias and take a closer look at the science behind the fears that affect us every day.

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Phylotec: Biogenetic Testing Station Haunted Hayride (7:00 - 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting)
This year's hayride shows what happens when genetic vegetable testing has gone wrong! Ride if you dare!

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village - Halloween Trick or Treat (4:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Join us for a ghostly good time at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s annual Trick or Treat! It’s a safe, gently spooky outdoor event for children ages 3-12. Children and their parents can Trick or Treat through our Historic Village.

NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center - Halloween Time at BG! (5:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Join us for a haunted village, hayrides, and Halloween themed tours of Lansing Manor. We will also have free cider and cider donuts to get you into the seasonal mood!

Sweet Charlotte's (Clarence) - Halloween Party! (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
At SC's it will always be about the TREATS! We're hosting a Halloween Party and you're invited! Come join us for games, painting of your own pumpkin, snacks, and of course treats! Dress up your little monster and join the fun! Cost is $15 per child, parents must attend, and rsvp is required as spots will be limited.

OCTOBER 19th

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Phylotec: Biogenetic Testing Station Haunted Hayride (7:00 - 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting)
This year's hayride shows what happens when genetic vegetable testing has gone wrong! Ride if you dare!

NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center - Halloween Time at BG! (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Join us for a haunted village, hayrides, and Halloween themed tours of Lansing Manor. We will also have free cider and cider donuts to get you into the seasonal mood!

Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Syracuse) - Kooky not Spooky Boo Zoo (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The zoo will be transformed into a bustling Halloween bash with hauntingly hilarious interactive characters and sets for children and families to enjoy. Its “kooky not spooky” theme provides families with Halloween fun without the fear! Bring your costumes and treat bags!

Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester) - ZooBoo (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Enjoy visits with costumed characters, Halloween crafts, games and activities, costume parades twice daily, and more!

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village - Halloween Trick or Treat (4:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Join us for a ghostly good time at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s annual Trick or Treat! It’s a safe, gently spooky outdoor event for children ages 3-12. Children and their parents can Trick or Treat through our Historic Village.

Everhaunt - Family Fall Festivals (12:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
Kids will enjoy pumpkins, face painting, lights-on haunted house walk through, kids costume contest, food trucks, and more.

Lakeview Village Shoppes (Olcott) - Boo-Nanza!  (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
This event includes a pumpkin painting contest (pre-registration required), trick or treating at the shoppes and fall goodies!

Long Point State Park (Bemus Point) - Trunk or Treating at the Park (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)


OCTOBER 20th

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Phylotec: Biogenetic Testing Station Haunted Hayride (7:00 - 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting)
This year's hayride shows what happens when genetic vegetable testing has gone wrong! Ride if you dare!

Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Syracuse) - Kooky not Spooky Boo Zoo (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The zoo will be transformed into a bustling Halloween bash with hauntingly hilarious interactive characters and sets for children and families to enjoy. Its “kooky not spooky” theme provides families with Halloween fun without the fear! Bring your costumes and treat bags!

Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester) - ZooBoo (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Enjoy visits with costumed characters, Halloween crafts, games and activities, costume parades twice daily, and more!

NYPA's Blenheim-Gilboa Visitor's Center - Halloween Time at BG! (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Join us for a haunted village, hayrides, and Halloween themed tours of Lansing Manor. We will also have free cider and cider donuts to get you into the seasonal mood!

OCTOBER 25th

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Phylotec: Biogenetic Testing Station Haunted Hayride (7:00 - 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting)
This year's hayride shows what happens when genetic vegetable testing has gone wrong! Ride if you dare!

Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester) - ZooBoo After Dark (for older kids) (5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Think your kids have outgrown ZooBoo? Think again! ZooBoo After Dark is an event for the more spooky-seeking revelers! Take a guided flashlight tour of the Zoo after dark, enjoy activities, ghost stories, and more!

OCTOBER 26th

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Phylotec: Biogenetic Testing Station Haunted Hayride (7:00 - 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting)
This year's hayride shows what happens when genetic vegetable testing has gone wrong! Ride if you dare!

Arcade & Attica Railroad - Haunted Halloween Train Ride (11:00 & 2:00 p.m.)

Hawkins Point Visitor's Center - Halloween Spooktacular (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Join us for pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, trick or treating and movies - fun for the whole family.

Rolly Pollies (East Amherst, North Buffalo & Orchard Park) - Halloween Party (various times, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
Bring your princesses, superheroes, ghosts and pumpkins to Rolly Pollies to show off your costumes during play time! Each participant will take home a Halloween goodie bag too. The cost is $15.00 per child per hour! Children up to age 9.  Reservations are required, Halloween Parties are always a sell-out so register early!

Everhaunt - Family Fall Festivals (12:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
Kids will enjoy pumpkins, face painting, lights-on haunted house walk through, kids costume contest, food trucks, and more.

Aquarium of Niagara - All Hallows' Seas with Scooby Doo & the gang (4:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
This year, Mystery Inc. will be joining us to participate in the fun and if we’re lucky, they’ll show us just what it takes to solve a mystery! Join Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy, and of course Scooby Doo as they take the Aquarium back to the 60’s!


Adventure Landing (Buffalo) - Halloween Family Night (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Costume Contests, Games & Prizes.  FREE Donuts & Cider for all. Free golf for children in costume.

Strong Museum of Play (Rochester) - Family Halloween Party Presented by WellNow Urgent Care (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Syracuse) - Kooky not Spooky Boo Zoo (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The zoo will be transformed into a bustling Halloween bash with hauntingly hilarious interactive characters and sets for children and families to enjoy. Its “kooky not spooky” theme provides families with Halloween fun without the fear! Bring your costumes and treat bags!

Seneca Park Zoo (Rochester) - ZooBoo After Dark (for older kids) (5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
Think your kids have outgrown ZooBoo? Think again! ZooBoo After Dark is an event for the more spooky-seeking revelers! Take a guided flashlight tour of the Zoo after dark, enjoy activities, ghost stories, and more!

Village of Hamburg - Annual Halloween Parade (2:00 p.m.)

OCTOBER 27th

Becker Farms (Gasport) - Phylotec: Biogenetic Testing Station Haunted Hayride (7:00 - 9:00 p.m., weather-permitting)
This year's hayride shows what happens when genetic vegetable testing has gone wrong! Ride if you dare!

Arcade & Attica Railroad - Haunted Halloween Train Ride (11:00 & 2:00 p.m.)

Elmwood Village Association - Safe Trick-or-Treat Event (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The Elmwood Village Safe Trick-or-Treat event gives families in the Elmwood Village area a safe place to take their children out trick-or-treating.  Watch for our posters in the windows of participating businesses starting in early/mid-October. Please extend your thanks for this event to the local business owners that make the event possible.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Syracuse) - Kooky not Spooky Boo Zoo (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
The zoo will be transformed into a bustling Halloween bash with hauntingly hilarious interactive characters and sets for children and families to enjoy. Its “kooky not spooky” theme provides families with Halloween fun without the fear! Bring your costumes and treat bags!

OCTOBER 29th

Boulevard Mall - Trick-or-Treating (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

OCTOBER 30th

Walden Galleria Mall - Galleria of Treats Trick-or-Treating (11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

OCTOBER 31st

Strong Museum of Play (Rochester) - Toddler Trick-or-Treat (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
Halloween activities and goodies for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Meet favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, and play games. Included with general museum admission fees.

Grace Church (Tonawanda) - Trunk or Treat (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)
Bring your family out for an energetic, sugar-filled night with music and tons of amazing costumes. Food and warm beverages as usual.

If you know of any other Halloween Happenings in WNY, contact me and I'll be happy to add it to this list!  Check back as I'll be adding events as I find out about them!

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