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1) The Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $40 general admission, $120 VIP, and must be printed and brought to the event. They may be purchased here. Commentary: Eight performance spaces and five event stages will encompass the Statler for a night of spooky dancing and exploration. From Se2 Silent Disco to Dames of the Dead, a H…

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It is almost the witching hour -- but not quite. The weekend before Halloween offers a wealth of chances to celebrate this dark and atmospheric time of year with style and a touch of elegance. Here are some options to consider. This is the perfect time of year to try something different. Supernatural rumors swirl around the Buffalo Central Terminal, a place of awe-in…

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1) 103.3. The Edge's Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in The Cove (4701 Transit Road, Depew). Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Commentary: Hosted by Edge personalities Shredd and Ragan, the first big Halloween bash of the season rolls to Depew, where $2,000 will be doled out for the best costume - plus $500 for best Pennywise the Clown, the haunting Stephen Ki…

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A family night out with a Halloween costume giveaway and cooking demonstrations will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Catholic Charities of Buffalo, 75 Caldwell Place in Lackawanna. More than 30 providers including BlueCross BlueShield, Journey’s End Refugee Services, Child Care Resource Network, Best Self, YourCare Health Plan, Erie County Department of Soc…

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The lengthening shadows, the early darkness, the scent of cinnamon, it can all mean only one thing. The year is turning into a pumpkin. Embrace it. We brag about our seasons here in Buffalo, and now is the time to celebrate that. Find a big orange gourd, throw your arms around it, heft it up and haul it home. Sure, you can find pumpkins at any supermarket. But for be…

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1) HRVST Festival, 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14 in Buffalo RiverWorks (359 Ganson St.). Tickets are $25 for a limited time with the code "EATRITE," but are otherwise $55 in advance and increase to $65 day-of. Commentary: The stage is set - albeit in a new location - for the inaugural HRVST Festival, a seven-band indoor show presented by 103.3 FM The Edge in RiverWorks. Frenc…

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Due to production issues, the debut of 103.3 The Edge and After Dark Entertainment's HRVST Festival has been moved from the Cumulus radio station's grounds to Buffalo RiverWorks, at 359 Ganson St. The music, food and beer event, slated for 1 p.m. Oct. 14, features an impressive lineup of bands: Phoenix, Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem, Manchester Orchestra, Joywave, Pvr…

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1) Ellicottville Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Village of Ellicottville (Monroe Street). Festival is free to attend, although there's a cover for entrance to Ellicottville Brewing Co. Commentary: Ellicottville is gorgeous in the fall, but that's just part of the reason why the village's fall festival is a wild time. …

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Andy Wolf showed up to the Great Pumpkin Farm Sunday in his pickup, pulling a trailer and a ton of pumpkin. That's right. Singular, as in one pumpkin. Standing proudly with his two children next to their giant orange fruit, the farmer from Little Valley didn't just take home top honors and $4,500 in cash for this year's heaviest pumpkin at the annual festival in News…

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1) Central Terminal Oktoberfest, 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 in Buffalo Central Terminal (495 Paderewski Drive). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance here or at the event. Parking is free, and the event is for ages 21 and over. Commentary: The historic Buffalo Central Terminal transforms into a festive party hall with Polish music, as polka band Those Idiots is sla…

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Jessica Underberg, who has been assistant manager of the Erie County Fair since 2010, will succeed the retiring Dennis Lang, the Erie County Agricultural Society has announced. Underberg, who grew up on a farm in Collins, will manage operations at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg year-round as CEO and fair manager for the agricultural society. Underberg's first…

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1) Buffalo Beer Week kickoff parties: NYS Fall Beer Fest at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in Woodcock Brothers Brewery (638 Lake St., Wilson). Beer Week Opening Gala at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in Adam Mickiewicz Library (612 Fillmore Ave.). Ballpark Brew Bash, 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Coca-Cola Field (275 Washington St.). Commentary: It's fitting that Buffalo's Beer Week is 10 days long. S…

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Did the solar eclipse leave you dazzled? Are you interested in learning what else is in the stars? Fall is full of events of interest to stargazers. The Buffalo Astronomical Association lists events on its website. The group also works closely with virtually all the astronomy-oriented organizations in town. Oct. 7, 8 p.m.: Public Observing Night, Beaver Meadow Obs…

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There were classic meatballs made with secret combinations of meats and spices and simmered in a rich red sauce. There were "freestyle" meatballs made of smoked pork and bacon in a Carolina barbecue sauce, from This Little Pig, and chicken wing meatballs from Bada Bing. There was laughter and some dancing in the jovial crowd that filled the closed block of West Mohaw…

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The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is famous for its view. And rightly so. The roar, the colored lights, the wide-eyed tourists from all over the world -- where do you find words for it? How do you describe Clifton Hill? On this famed tourist promenade, people from all over the world gather to goof off. Arcade games abound. Carnival barkers bawl from the funhouses. "…