It’s the time of year when most kids dress up like grownups and many grownups act like kids.
For those who love to wear costumes and collect treats, there’s lots happening for young and old in the Niagara region this week. These are just some of the many famiiy fun opportunities for those who love Halloween!
•A Haunted Highland Festival and Trunk or Treat will be held by the Highland Community Revitalization Committee in collaboration with Niagara University from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The event will feature a haunted house for all ages at the Renaissance Building at 2616 Highland Ave. Activities and “trunk or treating” are free. The cost for the haunted house is $5. For additional information, or for those interested in assisting in any way, contact the HCRC office at 282-2325 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Aquarium of Niagara will hold at Halloween celebration from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Any child dressed as one of these sea creatures or any other marine animal will be admitted free. Adults and all other children will get a discounted admission of $5. Aquarium members are free. Each child will receive a small “treat bag” full of surprises. For more information about this and other events at the Aquarium, call 285-3575, ext. 206, or visit www.aquariumofniagara.org.
•The Niagara Falls Public Library at 1425 Main Street, will hold a trick or treat event in the Learning Garden from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
•Niagara SPCA Zombie Fest from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday featuring Zombie Dog Walk, pet costume contest, hot cider, spooky treats, costume parade, hayrides, vendors, pet photos, kids maze, bounce house. Visit www.niagaraspca.org.
•Monster Mash – Breakfast buffett, costume parade, haunted house, duck pond game, bounce house. Adults $8, 12 and under $5, 65 and over $7. Niagara Falls Conference & Event Center, 101 Falls St.
•NY Power Authority’s annual Halloween Spooktackular, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Dress in your Halloween finest and join the fun, featuring games, treats, crafts, a haunted house costume contest, & hayride. Free admission and parking
The Haunted Fortress – Old Fort Niagara. A fundraiser to benefit the fort. Walking Shoes and flashlight recommended. $13 per person. Advance sales only. Call 745-7611.
•Marble Orchard Ghost Walk on Saturday. Hear local ghost stories, myths, tales of tragedy, crime, murder and mystery. Bring a flashlight – It gets dark early in the cemetery! $12 adults, $10 LCA members, $6 under 12. Gather in the Peace Garden on Center Street at 7 p.m.
•Haunted History Ghost Walk on Friday at the Courtyard, 476 Center St., Lewiston. Call 655-6663 for details
•NY Power Authority’s annual Halloween Spooktackular, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Dress in your Halloween finest and join the fun, featuring games, treats, crafts, a haunted house costume contest, & hayride. Free admission and parking.
•Lockport Community Band will perform its first-ever Halloween concert Saturday night at the Historic Palace Theatre.
•The free, 7 p.m. concert features “music that evokes images of Halloween,” both scary and fun. The band is accepting free-will donations at the concert and will give a share to the Palace’s “Project Projector” digital movie projector fundraising campaign.
•A “Mysteries of Lockport Paranormal Walk,” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday led by Niagara County Community College American history professor John Koerner. The walk starts at Sweet Ride Rentals, 51 Canal St., at 7 p.m.; the bike shop will open at 6 p.m. and serve hot cider and cake bites from Sweet 16 Cafe. Admission is $15 per person.
• The youth and recreation department’s annual Halloween party and downtown trick-or-treating event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday outside City Hall. Cider and pizza will be served, goodie bags will be given out and trick-or-treat bags will be distributed for same-night use in the central business district. Kids should look for pumpkin decals on a door or window to be sure. Back at City Hall, Dennis George will run a kid-friendly installment of his Quiz Master Game Show focused on Halloween and Lockport trivia.
• Halloween-themed movies will be shown Saturday at the Historic Palace Theatre on Main St. “Hotel Transylvania” is up first, at 1 p.m.; admission costs $5. The “Rocky Horror Picture Show” will be shown at 10 p.m.; admission costs $10. Shows continue Sunday through Tuesday; for screen times, go to www.lockportpalacetheatre.org.
• “Happy House” will be open Lockport Family YMCA, 19 East Ave. This is a kid-friendly alternative to scary Halloween events. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $1 per child.
• Lockport Haunted Cave is open through Tuesday, at 5 Gooding St. For more information, call 434-CAVE or visit www.lockporthauntedcave.com.
• Lockport Main Street Inc.’s annual pumpkin decorating contest is ongoing through Friday. Students have decorated more than 300 pumpkins for public judging. Visitors can cast votes for their favorites. Two grand-prize winners, a girl and a boy, each will receive a new bicycle and helmet donated by Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.
•The Frontier Volunteer Fire Co. will host a free Halloween Haunted Safe-House from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2179 River Road. There will be a puppet show, treats and possibly a few tricks.
•Third Presbyterian Church, 110 Felton St., North Tonawanda, will host a Halloween Party Friday for youth and adults. Call 693-8080.
• Payne Ave. Christian Church at 1459 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will hold at free family movie night at 6 p.m. Monday featuring “Monster’s Inc.” Also free popcorn and prizes for best costumes! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 693-8685.
• There will be a “trunk or treat” event for children through to the 6th grade from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church, 2525 Eggert Rd., Tonawanda, billed as a “safe family-friendly event for children to experience the fun, the imagination and candy of Halloween.”
• A Trunk or Treat Party will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at St. Mark Lutheran Church parking lot, 1135 Oliver St. in North Tonawanda. The event will include food, carnival games, a cupcake walk, haunted house, pumpkin decorating (bring your own pumpkin), candy and prizes. Admission is a nonperishable food item to support the NT food kitchen. For more information, contact Liz Hurst at 861-9911.
• Frontiersmen VFW Post 7545 will hold its first Trunk or Treat event from 1 to 3 p.m Saturday in the parking lot of the post, 110 Elgin St., Tonawanda. The event is open to children up to age 12 and their parents or guardians.
• The North Tonawanda Public Library will host a Halloween craft day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library’s children’s room, 505 Meadow Drive. No registration is required. For more information, call 693-4132, ext. 5.
• A Halloween on the Green will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kenmore’s Municipal Green, Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. The event will feature games, crafts, face painting and food. It also marks the end of the Kenmore Farmers Market for the year.
• Tickets are on sale for the Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled fifth annual Monster Bash Ball for people with developmental disabilities. The ball will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Braunscheidel Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Call 896-2180 for tickets or information.
• Frontier Volunteer Fire Company will offer a free Halloween Haunted House Safe-House from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the fire hall at 2179 River Road, Wheatfield. The event will include a puppet show and treats.
• A Halloween parade will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday starting at the corner of Wardman Avenue and Delaware Road in Kenmore, sponsored by the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department. The parade ends at the Kenmore Fire Department, 16 Nash Road, where kids can enjoy doughnuts and cider and receive a candy bag.
Most municipalities will be trick or treating on Wednesday evening. Check with your local officials to be certain.