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Big Weekend for Halloween Scares

Make plans to enjoy the biggest weekend of seasonal spooky fun in Ellicottville, Great Valley, Gowanda and Salamanca.

Ellicottville: In classic E-ville style, Halloween will not go unnoticed by the bars in town. Madigan’s is holding its Upstairs Haunted Halloween Party beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. The Gin Mill is featuring two bands on Wednesday night beginning at 8 p.m. – Joe Wagner and John Winston will start the evening off with an acoustic Halloween set, followed by Freddie and Retro Lil Joey who will keep the place hopping. And at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Balloons will feature the Albany rock-a-billy band, The Lustre Kings.  Costumes are encouraged at all of these venues.

Also in Ellicottville, the American Legion and the Rotary Club’s Foundation for Youth are sponsoring their annual community Halloween Party at the American Legion building on Maples Road. From 6-8 p.m., kids can trick-or-treat, play games, and enjoy hay rides in a fun and safe environment. The event is free.

Great Valley: The Nightmare Hayride on Sommerville Street in Great Valley is “known as the scariest haunted attraction of Western New York,” says owner John Kent.  The hayride consists of a tractor ride down a haunted path with live creatures, a wooden maze, and a newly updated haunted barn with a vortex tunnel. Seven tractors keep things moving, while 70 workers keep you on the edge of your seats. The hayrides cost $17 per person; children under age 5 are free. The attraction is open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 26-28) from 7:30-9 p.m. For more information, call (716) 699-4839.

Also in Great Valley, The Pub will host its “Haunted Halloween Experience” on Wednesday all evening long.

Gowanda: For a thrill for the whole family, don’t forget to visit the Haunted Theater at Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater at 39 West Main St. in Gowanda. From Oct. 26 – 28 and on Halloween day, the 31st, the haunted theater will be open from 6–9 p.m. Visitors go through a spooky maze that winds its way through this historic building that is a New York State and National Historic Registry landmark.

Tickets are $3 per person; children under age 5 are free. Proceeds from the event go directly to the restoration of the Hollywood Theater. For more information, call (716) 532-6103.

Salamanca: This is the biggest weekend to visit the Haunted Dudley Hotel at 132 Main St. in Salamanca. Friday and Saturday from 7-11 p.m., you can take a guided tour from the hotel lobby to the first floor where you’re greeted by familiar and unfamiliar monsters. Then guests head downstairs to the hotel’s 143-year-old basement, where there have been multiple “real” ghost sightings.  The tour lasts a spine-tingling 15-20 minutes. Admission is $12 for adults and children age 5 and older; $10 for students with a valid student ID. Children under 5 are free, but parents beware! This event is rated PG-13. There are “real ghosts, real terror, a real haunted basement, and real haunted rooms.” For more information, call (716) 945-2002.

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