Kids love to dress up for Halloween, so here's a great opportunity for them to wear their costume over and over.
Hey, maybe you won't feel so bad about spending a small fortune on it or taking months to make it from scratch. Or if your kids are like mine, they can't make up their mind and end up with more than one costume.
Here are eight events that are fun, family-focused and free. They'll surely get everyone into the spirit of the season.
The Great Pumpkin Farm (11199 Main St., Clarence) is open, folks. It’s always fun for the little ones. They have a pumpkin patch, animals to meet and feed at the petting zoo, a super-cool playground that my kids never want to leave, and more.
It is open 10 a.m. to dusk daily through Oct. 31. You can buy pumpkins or get some apple cider and other treats in the bakery. Admission is free Monday through Friday; for the Fall Festival, held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7. Ages 2 and younger are always admitted free.
The Pumpkin Fiesta at Becker Farms, 3724 Quaker Road, Gasport. It's all about the fun at Becker Farms where the daily farm market and bakery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some activities are available on weekends only, but there's plenty of fun to be had during the week for free. Your kids will love the petting zoo, playground, huge bales of hay to jump on and more.
Kelly's Country Store Fall Fest 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 (3121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island). They'll have live music, a bounce house, face painting, petting zoo, fresh farm stand with fruits and veggies, and more. These folks know how to throw a party.
Halloween at the Disney Store. Bring your little ones over the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls (1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls) for some spooktacular fun. Have the kids go dressed as their favorite character (or any costume) to celebrate Halloween. The Disney Store will have games, a costume parade, free giveaways and more. It is held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28.
Kids Costume Parade and Movie Night at the "Haunted Harbor," Yep, they're gonna love it. Just meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda) where the kids will receive a free Halloween treat bag. Then, everyone will parade across Webster Street - which will be closed to traffic.
Kids will trick or treat along Webster Street, where the merchants will fill that treat bag up. The parade will then head to Gateway Harbor for more treats, games, and activities. At 7:30, kids can enjoy a free movie (to be determined) at the Riviera Theatre. Talk about a fun night.
Larkin Square Truck or Treat, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St.). This is bound to be a fun and food-filled Halloween celebration. The annual event includes food trucks, live music and spooky costumes. Wear your costume and get in on the fun.
The Village of Hamburg Parade, 1:45 to 3 p.m. Oct. 28. This is basically guaranteed fun for the little ones. Children of all ages are invited to line up in costume at 1:45 p.m. at Village Farmer's Market lot.
The parade will head own Union Street to Memorial Park on the corner of Lake and Union. Then, the party starts with refreshments, music, a treat for the kids and more.
Howl O'Ween in East Aurora, 3 p.m. Oct. 28. Bring your whole family to enjoy the fun - yep, even your pets. There will be fun activities, pictures taken in your best costume, and a parade down Main Street collecting treats along the way. Line up at 660 Persons St., East Aurora.
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