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A Halloween Spooktacular at the Power Vista

The New York Power Authority will hold its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the newly renovated Niagara Power Vista (5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Admission and parking are free at the Power Vista,

Children up to age 15 are invited to dress in their scariest and most creative garb for a costume contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with prizes awarded at 2 p.m. The contest will include two age groups – for participants up to nine years old and for 10- to 15-year-olds. Costumes will be judged on originality, creativeness and overall appearance.

Visitors may also enjoy games, as well as crafts from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Interpretive Center, activities and free hay rides, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hayrides will take visitors around the Power Vista traffic circle, weather permitting. The state parks will also provide free rides on its Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Gorge Discovery Center and the Niagara Power Project during the event.

Niagara University’s College of Education’s Family Literacy Center and the NU Future Teachers Association will provide literacy activities for children ages 5 to 12 in the Power Vista classroom on the lower level. The NU college students plan activities that will engage children in Halloween literacy activities, which are age and grade level appropriate. NU’s Family Literacy Center focuses on improving reading, writing and listening skills among children while supporting the literacy and basic skills of the family , and has served as a valuable community resource for diagnosing and remediating reading difficulties.

In addition to Spooktacular events, guests can enjoy new, state-of-the-art exhibits at the Niagara Power Vista, including a 3D animation. Visitors can take a seat in a 4-D theatre virtual roller coaster ride, create a transmission distribution system on a one-of-a-kind transmission grid table, build a dam, or simulate the coordination of power across the state during bad weather.

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