Harvest & Halloween Events
Enjoy the highlights of Autumn in WNY
Beginning in September
Great Pumpkin Farm
Start a family tradition and visit Clarence’s most famous farm. Admission includes magic shows, a petting zoo, face painting, contests, and a kid’s craft area. While you’re there, pick out your favorite pumpkin to carve.
Sept. 16–Oct. 31, 10 a.m.–dusk, Great Pumpkin Farm (11199 Main St., Clarence; greatpumpkinfarm.com or 759-8483)
Enjoy free family fun activities throughout the month of October, from picking pumpkins to hayrides, ice cream, and an acorn maze.
Sept. 16–Oct. 31, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. (4844 Sugartown Rd., Great Valley; pumpkinville.com or 699-2205)
Harvest Festival and Craft Show
More than 100 of New York State’s finest craft artists are featured in the Annual Outdoor Harvest Festival & Craft Show along Center Street in Lewiston, with entertainment both days.
September 23 & 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Center St., Lewiston; niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)
Niagara Wildlife Festival
Free family fun is in store at the annual Wildlife Festival, featuring live birds of prey, old and new world primates, reptiles and exotic animal presentations, food, and entertainment.
September 23–24 Niagara Power Project’s Power Vista (5777 Lewiston Rd.; nypa.gov or 1-866-NYPA-FUN)
Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm
Stop by during the month of October for hayrides, a petting zoo, and an array of pumpkins to choose from.
Sept. 24–Oct. 30, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm (6920 Nash Rd., Wheatfield; wheatfieldpumpkin.com or 693-6407)
This hayride in Ellicottville is thought to be one of the scariest haunted attractions in Western New York. It is guaranteed to haunt your dreams.
Sept. 29–Oct. 29, 7:30–9:30 p.m. every weekend (6919 Sommerville Valley Rd., Ellicottville; nightmarehayride.com or 699-4839)
Old Falls Street Oktoberfest
Celebrate the Halloween month with authentic German cuisine, German bands and dancing, tapping of the kegs, street vendors, and more. Children can also enjoy free games in the “Kidtoberfest” zone.
Sept. 30, 1–8 p.m. at Old Falls Street (101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls; fallsstreet.com or 278-2100)
Annual Pumpkin Fiesta
Every Saturday and Sunday through October, enjoy free live music, wine, beer, hard cider, and dessert wine tastings. Also, events for kids include pony rides, bounce houses, and a petting zoo.
Through Oct. 29 Becker Farms (3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport; beckerfarms.com or 772-2211)
Cambria Corn Maze
Just outside of Lockport, this corn maze is two acres long with pumpkins, refreshments, local products, and produce.
Every Thursday through Sunday, times vary (5274 Lockport Junction Rd., Cambria; cambriacornmaze.com)
Marble Orchard Ghost Walk
Whether you’re just out to have some fun or learn something of the paranormal, Lewiston’s ninety-minute Marble Orchard Ghost Walks showcase Lewiston’s rough and tumble frontier past as well as its gloriously ghost-filled present. Lurking behind Lewiston’s cheerful disposition lies an impressive past of creepy events, restless spirits, and haunted buildings.
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, 7–8:30 p.m., Lewiston Opera Hall (732 Center St., Lewiston; artcouncil.org or 754-0166)
Ellicottville Fall Festival
Eville’s oldest and largest festival sees thousands of festival goers enjoying the fall foliage from a chair lift to the top of Holiday Valley, buying arts and jewelry from vendors, or tasting amazing cuisine. This is a perfect spot for a family weekend trip.
Oct. 7–8 at Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville, NY; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)
Holiday Hollow at Halloween
Holiday Hollow is America’s only Halloween and pirate-themed mini-Renaissance Fair, featuring family entertainment with fun-filled shows, food, pumpkins, games, and gift shop.
Weekends in Oct, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Holiday Hollow, (1410 Main Rd., Corfu; holidayhollow.com)
Autumn Fest in Sanborn
Held on the grounds of the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum. Enjoy harvest produce, craft and antique vendors, food, and live music at the Farm.
Oct. 7–8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sanborn Lewiston Farm Museum (2660 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn; niagarariverregion.com or 754-9500)
The 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Lake View Cemetery Tours
Travel by horse-drawn carriage or walk during the day or evening hours to uncover some of over 43,000 personal stories that are hidden within the Lake View Cemetery. The costumed actors who guide this tour make this experience the total package.
Oct. 7, 14, 3–8 p.m., Fenton History Center, (73 Forest Ave., Jamestown; fentonhistorycenter.org or 664-6256)
Carrousel Museum’s Spooktacular
Calling all princesses and spacemen and knights—it’s time for Spooktacular. The annual spook-free Halloween party is great for even the youngest members of the family. Put on your favorite costume and enjoy games, crafts, snacks, and carrousel rides.
5:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda; carrouselmuseum.org or 693-1885)
The Annual Haunted Hayride at Becker Farms
Come if you dare...but don’t come alone! Bring friends and family, scouts or sports groups—as many people as you can to protect you from the strange happenings and eerie encounters that go on in the Becker Farms forest after dark.
Oct. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 7–9 p.m., weather permitting, Becker Farms (3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport; beckerfarms.com or 772-2211)
Victorian Séance Series
Join BNHV for a night of frights as it celebrates Halloween with a Victorian Séance Series. Learn about Spiritualism, Victorian mourning culture, and how death impacted the Western New York community in the 19th century. Each evening will begin with a talk and finish with a Victorian-style séance.
Oct. 13–Nov. 4, 7:30–9:30 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; bnhv.org or 689-1440)
Allentown Fall Festival
Celebrate the changing of the season at the annual Allentown Fall Festival! Allen Street is closed from Delaware Avenue to Main Street with live music, plenty of food and drink, and artisan vendors selling all kinds of arts, crafts, clothing, and more. Plus a children and family area at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site with crafts and entertainment.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Allen St. (allentown.org/event/allentown-fall-festival-3/)
Wegmans Family Day - BOOtanical Celebration
Celebrate all things creepy and crawly! Learn about some spooky plants while making some fun crafts to take home. Then, enjoy some Halloween treats and tidbits. Visit the 4-H Farm and the Bookmobile, show off your costume in a parade through the Botanical Gardens. Parade lineup begins at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in the main dome. The parade travels in a circle through the greenhouses of BOOtanical delights!
10 a.m.–2 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens (2655 S. Park Ave.; buffalogardens.com or 827-1584)
Trick or Treat Weekend at the Buffalo Zoo
There’s something for every boy and “ghoul” at this friendly, not frightful event! Enjoy treat stations, hayrides, games, apple cider, and donuts. Children are encouraged to wear Halloween attire and participate in our costume parade.
Oct. 14–15, noon–3 p.m Buffalo Zoo (300 Parkside Ave.; buffalozoo.org or 837-3900).
Gateway-Longview Pumpkin Run 2017
Celebrate fall with this annual 5k and 1.5-mile fun walk. Both of these events benefit children and families across Western New York who receive behavioral health and community-based services, residential treatment, and special education programs through Gateway-Longview.
Registration 12:30 p.m., Gateway Longview’s Main Street Campus (6350 Main St., Williamsville; buffalopumpkinrun.com)
Mausoleum Tours and More
Take a guided behind-the-scenes tour of Lake View Cemetery. Established in 1859, the graveyard comes alive as costumed actors tell spirited tales of the individuals and their families who are laid to rest in featured gravesites and mausoleums.
Call for times, Fenton History Center, (73 Forest Ave., Jamestown; fentonhistorycenter.org or 664-6256)
This outdoor event invites children and their parents to trick-or-treat through the historic village while meeting some interesting characters. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume for the gently spooky night.
Oct. 20, 5–7:30 p.m., Oct. 21, 4–7:30 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village (3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst; bnhv.org or 689-1440)
Harvest Moon Cemetery Tours
Enjoy horse-drawn trolley tours and hear the tales of the founding families, local heroes, and some of the most notorious villains from around the area. The trolleys will load passengers at the Gazebo in West Barker Commons Park on Church St. and return to the same area.
Oct. 20–21, 7–10 p.m. (Church St., Fredonia; festivalsfredonia.com)
Trivia Night: Halloween
You think you’re smart? Bring a team of your friends to Becker Farms and Vizcarra Vineyards on the Niagara Wine Trail or take on the room solo! Winners receive a free wine/beer tasting party for twenty of their friends.
6–9 p.m., Becker Farms (3724 Quaker Rd., Gasport; niagarawinetrail.org/2017-event-schedule or 772-2211)
OctoberFEAST: Food, Folks, and Auction Fun
An evening of fun, friendship, and giving, complete with a tapas dinner and live and silent auction items, this annual auction and dinner is one of the Nature Center’s biggest fundraisers.
5:30–9 p.m. Audubon Community Nature Center (1600 Riverside Rd., Jamestown; jamestownaudubon.org)
Make your own karaoke videos, enjoy guest performers, dance and bid on silent auction artworks at this fundraiser and art party.
7 p.m., Dnipro Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St.; squeaky.org or 884-7172)
Hallowine on the Niagara Wine Trail
Come as yourself or in costume. Collect clues and interview a different suspect character at each participating winery to solve the murder mystery. Submit your guess at your last winery. Purchase online tickets by Oct. 19 and join the fun.
Oct. 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Oct. 22, 12–5 p.m., Niagara Wine Trail, USA (niagarawinetrail.org/2017-event-schedule)
Cirque de la Symphonie at Kleinhans Music Hall
John Morris Russell and circus artisans join the BPO for a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration. Professionally choreographed to classic and pops favorites, the artists are veterans of exceptional Cirque programs throughout the world—aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen.
Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)
Spooktacular at Niagara Power Vista
Come for a day of spooky Halloween fun, with a scientific bent.
10 a.m.–4 p.m., Niagara Power Project Visitor’s Center (5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston; nypa.gov or 286-6661)
Celebrate Halloween a bit early at a party the likes of which only the Mohawk can throw.
8 p.m., Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.; buffalosmohawkplace.com or 312-9279)
EVL Halloween Half Marathon and 5K
Grab your friends, pick out your costumes and get ready to run! Fall is the perfect time to run a half marathon and the ideal place to do it is in the beautiful village of Ellicottville.
Call for start times, Village of Ellicottville (Ellicottville, NY; ellicottvilleny.com or 699-5046)
Arcade and Attica Railroad - Halloween Steam Train Ride
Enjoy Halloween during a 2-hour and 20-minute round trip train excursion. At the halfway point, depart the train at Curriers Station for a self-guided tour of the museum.
Oct. 28–29; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Arcade and Attica Railroad (278 Main St., Arcade; aarailroad.com/october-train-rides-2017)
Symphonic Spooktacular with Cirque de la Symphonie
Halloween is upon us and it’s time for musical tricks and treats! Don’t miss amazing artists, incredible feats of human strength, and jaw-dropping stunts performed on the Kleinhans stage to popular classical music with the BPO. Wear your costume and join in the costume parade at the end of the concert. Come at 1:30 p.m. for stories, games, and crafts.
2:30 p.m., Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Cir.; bpo.org or 885-5000)
Have some spirits with your wine. This Halloween party may offer more than you bargain for; the Manor is notoriously haunted and many revelers have encountered ghosts over the years.
The Winery at Marjim Manor (7171 East Lake Rd., Appleton; niagarawinetrail.org/2017-event-schedule or 778-7001)
Special Halloween show: Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly has always defied categorization. They infuse punk rock with Celtic instruments—violin, mandolin and the accordion—and they merge blues progressions with grinding guitars and traditional Irish music. See the Life Is Good Tour with special guests Anti-Flag and Jon Snodgrass
8 p.m., Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St., Niagara Falls; rapidstheatre.com or 205-8925)