By Alicia Dziak
Halloween doesn’t get much more fun than when it falls on a Saturday. Pick your favorite activities, stay up late and enjoy the spooktacular excitement of the season!
Still need to get that pumpkin to carve? Choose from thousands of them and much more at Pumpkinville. Located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, Pumpkinville is open daily now through Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Besides picking out that perfect pumpkin, visitors can have a blast with numerous activities. Navigate the giant corn maze, race the pedal cars, bounce on the Jumpin’ Pillows, pose in the photo cutouts and eat to your heart’s content! Pumpkinville is fall family fun at its best! For more info, visit www.pumpkinville.com.
Looking for some serious scares? Head to Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville St. where you take a tractor-drawn ride with frights around every turn. Brave a haunted maze and barn, a gothic chamber and a spooky vortex tunnel. Nightmare Hayrides is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $18. Visit www.nightmarehayride.com or call (716) 699-4839 for details.
Intrigued by ghosts and paranormal activity? Check out Gowanda’s historic Hollywood Theater at 39 West Main St., Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday Oct. 31 from 6-9 p.m. Horror at the Hollywood 2015 is a great way to discover this beautiful but spooky theater and all for a good cause—all proceeds benefit the restoration of the theater. For more information, visit www.gowandahollywoodtheater.com.
While in Gowanda, get a bonus night of candy at Gowanda Harley-Davidson’s “Bagger’s Night” on Friday, Oct. 30. This new event invites riders to decorate their bikes, dress up and fill their bags with candy for trick-or-treaters. A play on the “trunk or treat” event, this fun night provides a safe, controlled environment for children and families to trick or treat. GHD is located at 2535 Gowanda-Zoar Rd. in Gowanda.
The Rotary Club of Ellicottville and the American Legion are sponsoring their annual Community Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion on Maples Road in Ellicottville. Children ages 12 and under can trick or treat indoors and participate in games, crafts and hayrides (weather permitting). This fun, free evening is also a chance to support the community. Drop boxes will be located at the entrance to the American Legion to collect donated canned and dry foods for the Ellicottville Food Pantry.
If good old-fashioned, outdoor trick-or-treating is more up your alley, head out by the light of the Halloween moon in the Village of Ellicottville from 6-9 p.m. and get those bags and buckets filled with treats!
The 7th Annual Haunted Halloween Maze at the Cattaraugus Free Library takes place on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4-9 p.m. Take some time out of your trick-or-treating to visit this indoor maze made with the library’s shelving. Candy is included. Admission is just $1 per person with special discounts for families.
Looking to enjoy the night adult-style? Head to the Halloween Bash at the Seneca Allegany Casino and rock n’ roll all night with Kiss tribute band, Strutter. Party on with these rockers in full makeup as they dazzle the crowd with all the hits that made Kiss a legend. Concert starts at 7 p.m. on Halloween; tickets are $10 (standing room only, no seats). For more info, visit www.senecaalleganycasino.com.
Get into your costume and head to the village hot spots for live music and dancing with a fabulous array of characters. At the Gin Mill, check out the Halloween party featuring the Joe Wagner Band and a costume contest. Get in on the fun and compete for prizes awarded to the top three patrons. Balloons will also be hosting a Halloween party, with cash prizes for the top three dressed-up guests and a Birddog Bourbon Party with tastings and giveaways from 9-11 p.m.
There’s no shortage of fun to be had this Halloween. Whether you choose an experience that is terrifyingly memorable, kid-friendly or strictly candy-filled, get out under the moonlight and make some Halloween magic!