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Halloween in Ellicottville

10-28-16-halloweenBy Alicia Dziak

It’s the last weekend of October, which means time to pack in the last of the Halloween fun! Whether you prefer family-friendly or just plain scary, EVL has you covered.

Fall Fun

It’s the last weekend of the year to enjoy two popular favorites.

Head to Pumpkinville, and celebrate all things fall. A Peanuts-themed corn maze, the new Pumpkinville Express train ride, plus all your old favorites like the Jumpin’ Pillows, the cow train, the pedal cars and more are yours for the taking. Grab one of their famous pumpkin donuts, fill a bag with mix and match apples, visit the cider mill, and don’t forget to pick out your perfect carving pumpkin. Pumpkinville is open daily through Halloween. For more info, visit www.pumpkinville.com.

Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street offers some of the scariest fun around. Take a 25-minute tractor-drawn hayride that will lead you down a creepy haunted path with live scary creatures. Visit the Gothic Chamber, and head through a haunted wooden maze that will twist and turn over one acre of land, and end up in the haunted barn which features a vortex tunnel. Nightmare Hayrides is located at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road, and open weekends only through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.nightmarehayride.com.

Special Events

Oct. 29 brings the EVL Half and 5K to the Village. Wear a costume for your chance to win some great prizes and get out a workout. For more info, check out the article on page 1 or visit www.evlhalf.com.

On Friday, Oct. 28, take in an all-ages Halloween rock show at the Springville Center for the Arts, when Aircraft takes the stage from 8 to 10 p.m. Psychedelic Rock band Aircraft sculpts catchy pop tunes embedded within layers of thoughtful lyrics and swirling guitars. Tickets available at the door; for more info, visit springvillearts.com.

If haunted buildings are up your alley, now’s your chance to discover for yourself if Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater is really haunted.  At the annual Horror at the Hollywood, make your way through the old theater full of creatures from the night and scary passages throughout. This event will run Friday, Oct. 28,  6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29,  6-9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, 6-8p.m and Monday, Oct. 31,  6-9p.m. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Hollywood Theater.  Admission is $5, and kids ages 5 and under are free. For more information, visit www.gowandahollywoodtheater.com. Read more about their restoration efforts, see photos on the progress and the inside of the Theater, and see what other upcoming events they will be hosting on the Hollywood Theater web site.

Halloween fun for a great cause? Head to the Halloween Party to benefit Empire Animal Rescue Society from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 29. There will be best costume prizes, raffles, contests, food and music at Myers Steakhouse & Inn, at 460 Wildwood Avenue in Salamanca. Come dressed as your favorite pet or your scariest ghoul to help strays who are looking for their “furever” home.

On Monday, Oct. 31, the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, Foundation for Youth and The American Legion will once again sponsor a community Halloween party at the American Legion on Maples Road in Ellicottville.

From 6 to 8 p.m., kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to trick or treat at this indoor location.  Games, crafts, hay rides (weather permitting) and scary fun for the whole family; free for children. Donation boxes will be at the entrance for The Rotary Foundation for Youth, and its many worthwhile causes.  If you would like to donate candy/prizes or volunteer, please contact Colleen Blanchard at (716) 699-8066.

Also on Oct. 31, it’s time for Trunk or Treat at St. Paul’s. Stop by from 6 to 8 p.m. and trick or treat from the trunks of decorated cars. There will also be free hayrides, courtesy of the Great Valley Fire Company, free donuts, cider, and hot chocolate, and fire safety demonstrations with the fire trucks and firefighters from Ellicottville’s Volunteer Fire Department. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to decorate a car, just come on down at 5:30 p.m. on Halloween with decorations and candy!

Endless Halloween fun awaits in the next few days. Fill this final October weekend with tricks, treats and memories!

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