It’s a spooky time of year for the Tonawandas.
As the days tick down toward Halloween, a variety of holiday activities are scheduled for the area. They include:
• The Herschell Carrousel Museum will host its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. The event costs $8 per child and $2 per adult.
Children are invited to visit the museum in their costumes. The family-friendly party includes games, crafts and treats, with a comedy magic show by Charlie and Checkers at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 693-1885, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CarrouselMuseum.org.
• The annual Haunted Harbor event will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Gateway Harbor Park in North Tonawanda and Tonawanda. The free event will include trick-or-treating at stations and boats around the harbor.
In addition, Young Street in the City of Tonawanda will feature a haunted house. Donations are welcome and costumes are encouraged.
• The City of Tonawanda Library, 333 Main St., will host a Not-So-Spooky Stories program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library. Ann Marie Jasen will share stories and refreshments will be served. Costumes are welcome. The program is for children ages 3-8 with a caregiver. Call 693-5043 with questions or to register.
• A Trunk or Treat Party will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 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 Oct. 27 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.
Members will hand out candy from the trunks of their vehicles. A prize will be awarded for best costume. There will also be face painting, games, crafts, doughnuts and apple cider. Swiftwater Sail and Power Squadron will sell chowder and hotdogs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Military vehicles, a fire truck and police car will be present for children to see.
• The North Tonawanda Public Library will host a Halloween craft day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the library’s children’s room, 505 Meadow Drive. No registration is required.
The program is for kids of all ages, but children 5 and under will need an adult’s help. For more information, call 693-4132, ext. 5.
• A Halloween on the Green will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 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.
Face painting, games, gall crafts, raffles and refreshments will take place the entire time. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a costume contest for children 12 and younger. Magician Adam Michael will perform from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
• 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. Oct. 27 at The Braunscheidel Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.
Event costs $15 and includes food, beverages, music and dancing. For tickets, call Cheryl Houston at Community Services at 896-2180.
• Frontier Volunteer Fire Company will offer a free Halloween Haunted House Safe-House from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct .31 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. Oct. 31 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.
• Trick-or-treating hours for the City of Tonawanda are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
• North Tonawanda has set trick-or-treating hours from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
• Trick-or-treating hours for Kenmore are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.