by Sue Cannon
We’re in the thick of fright-time now! Hopefully you’ve already found a costume and grabbed a pumpkin to carve. Now you’re ready to concentrate on the best the season has to offer. Be sure to check the ads in this issue to see what your favorite club/pub has planned for Halloween; and check out the ideas below. There are special events planned for all ages.
Enjoy – and don’t miss:
Thru October 31:
•Nightmare Manor of Greater Rochester offers a full quarter mile of intense chills and thrills and is Western New York’s largest indoor Haunted House. The attraction is located in Southtown Plaza, 3333 W. Henrietta Road. Visit “The Sinister Sewers,” “The Black Woods,” “Dr. Limons Master Bedroom,” the “All New Themed Scare Chair,” and “New Extended Clown & Boiler Rooms.” Visit www.nightmaremanor.com for details.
•A new sort of horror experience, the Cayo Industrial Horror Realm, is open at 1290 University Avenue. The attraction is described as “an industrial style walk-through horror maze that reinvents the chaos in man – displaying visions of what surrounds our world.” Designed for adults, the experience is intense and thought provoking. Visit www.facebook.com/cayoindustrial or www.cayoindustrial.com for details.
•At 3329 Eddy Road in Williamson NY you’ll find the annual favorite, Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester. The Haunted Hayride is a 35-minute hay wagon through the woods of the De Fisher Fruit Farm with over 40 actors on hand to thrill and frighten you along the way. There’s also a Spinning Tunnel, a 3D Maze, a Screamatorium, the Hellevator, a chance to experience being Buried Alive and a Mummy Theatre. Activities scheduled during the event include special Family Fun Nights when even the little ones can enjoy a ride; and Private Wagon Rides are available as well as Group Wagons and a special VIP Wagon. Visit www.hauntedhayridesofrochester.com.
•The annual Genesee County Historians Ghost Walk – with tickets available at the Engine House, 3 West Main Street in Batavia – promises thrills and fun. For reservations and details, call (585) 344-2550.
October 19 & 20:
•Geva Comedy Improv presents a weekend of “hilarious horror,” hosting Halloweenprov on The Nextstage at Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd. Friday’s show, “Campfire Improv” weaves audience suggestions into tales of terror, while Saturday’s “Monster Mash Double Feature” attempts to assemble a B-Movie Monster out of your favorite creatures. Call (585) 232-Geva.
October 19 thru 27:
•Genesee Country Village and Museum, at 1410 Flint Hill Rd. in Mumford NY, offers Spirits of the Past Tours on October 19 & 20 and 26 & 27, featuring scenes from spooky stories and novels that Western New Yorkers were reading 150 years ago. The theatrical tours take you through the darker recesses of the museum, along dimly lit and spooky streets! Reservations are required; and the event is not recommended for young children. Call (585) 538-6822.
•Mansion Mysteries, presented at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion, 151 Charlotte St. in Canandaigua NY, are planned on October 19 & 20 and 26 & 27. You can help solve a live murder mystery staged in the historic mansion…and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a cash wine bar. Reservations are required. Call (585) 394-4922.
•The Henrietta Moose Lodge, at 5375 West Henrietta Road, hosts a Dark Matter Haunted House to benefit Ronald McDonald House, the Make a Wish Foundation, Henrietta Food Cupboard, and Moose Charities. A special kid’s “Lights-on Tour” is planned on the 20th. Visit www.hauntedvoid.com or call (585) 451-9996 for details.
•The Pumpkinpalooza in the Village of Lyons NY, offers pumpkin carving, games for the kids, a costume parade, casket races, vendors, bands, food, and the Great Pearl Street Pumpkin Race! Call (315) 871-4209.
•Johnny’s 15th Annual Run Like Hell 5K begins and ends at Johnny’s Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Road. Hundreds of runners love taking part in this one each year – donning costumes and taking to the streets to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Awards are provided in a variety of age groups, from 14 and under to 70 and over…and for the best costumes! The Pub hosts a Halloween Party following the race. Call (585) 224-0990.
October 20 thru 28:
•Live performers and costumed characters entertain as kids visit 15 trick-or-treat stations throughout Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, during the annual ZooBoo events, scheduled this year for October 20 & 21, and 27& 28. You can even watch Zoo residents enjoy their own treats! Call (585) 336-7212.
•Kids can Make a Scarecrow at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road in Naples. Bring old clothes to dress your scarecrow, and a pillowcase to make a head…they’ll provide the stuffing and instructions. A pumpkin is included! Call (585) 374-6160.
•Midnight Madness in Brockport, NY promises a 6 p.m. Costume Parade, starting at Main and Market Streets. (Bring a can of food to donate to the Brockport Food Shelf.) After the parade, there will be special activities at the Lift Bridge Bookshop, a Haunted House at the Fire Hall, Fortune Telling at BB Mills, Donuts on a String at Bittersweet, Tarot Card Readings at Karma, and Face Painting at Arjuna. Call (585) 637-2260.
October 26 & 27:
•Meet “ghosts from Rochester’s past” as lantern-bearing guides lead you down the darkened streets of one of Rochester’s most interesting architectural neighborhoods at the Landmark Society Ghost Walk. Tours depart from Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave. This event brings to life stories that could be ripped from today’s headlines – but which were witnessed by past generations. Call (585) 546-7029.
•Take a walk through the haunted jail cells at the Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut St. in Lyons NY, during the Haunted Jail & Cell Block Terror event. The jail will be full of cobwebs and ghostly smoke as you pass right over the spot where William Fee was hung in 1960! Call (315) 946-4943.
October 26 thru 28:
• Black Sheep Theatre, at 274 N. Goodman Street, presents a selection of Halloween inspired one-act plays, monologues, poetry and dramatic readings called An Evening of Thrills and Chills. The production has a decidedly adult theme, and is directed by Deborah Smola and Rob Hutter. Call (585) 861-4816.
•A special screening of the classic silent horror film, The Phantom of the Opera, will take place at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2009 Dewey Avenue. The film will be accompanied by live organ music performed by Tim Schramm. Call (585) 663-0190.
•At the “Great Haunted House of Guitars,” 645 Titus Avenue, a special Halloween Bash is planned – with The Tombstone Hands scheduled to play at 6 p.m. Call (585) 544-3500.
•The Memorial Art Gallery at 500 University Avenue hosts the 3rd annual Rochester City Ballet Good Pointe Society’s Masquerade Ball. DJ Flex will be spinning the tunes; and admission includes an open beer/wine bar as well as bistro fare. Call (585) 461-5850.
•Historic Palmyra’s Pirates of the Erie Canal host an event at 128 Cuyler Street in Palmyra’s America Legion Post 120. This Halloween Costume Bash with Palmyra Pirates promises hors d’oeuvres, libations, music spun by DJ Stinkeye the Pirate, and more. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Call (315) 597-0011.
•Sweden/Clarkson Recreation hosts its annual Halloween Community Party at 4927 Lake Road South. The event includes games, face painting, a haunted house, a haunted toddler room, costume contest, arts and crafts and more. Call (585) 431-0090.
•A Masquerade Ball, hosted by the Country Dancers of Rochester, is planned at the First Baptist Church of Rochester, 175 Allens Creek Road. Music by Serendipity will be heard, with Richard Sauvain and Dan Seppeler calling. Call (585) 328-3041.
October 27 & 28:
•Trick or Treating in the Village at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford NY, will find a dozen homes at the museum available for trick-or-treating! Other activities will include a kid-sized hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, spooky stories, a scavenger hunt and more. Call (585) 538-6822.
•A Family Halloween Party is planned at Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square. Visitors should come in costume, and then trick-or-treat with their favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, play games and more! Call (585) 263-2700.
•Laurelton United Presbyterian Church at 335 Helendale Road hosts a free Halloween Party featuring decorations and refreshments. Call (585) 482-9200 for further details.
•A Toddler Halloween Party at Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, will feature Halloween activities and goodies for the littlest trick-or-treaters. They will meet storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes and play games. As a special treat, Elaine Horn, a Judy Garland impressionist, will be on hand to portray Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Call (585) 263-2700.