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1. See the F.W. Murnau classic "Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horrors" in all of its silent glory at 8 p.m. Friday at the glorious and preserved Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.

Pay particular attention to the original Gothic score by Buffalonian Paul Ziemba. Performed by Ivan Docenko at the console of the Mighty Wurlitzer.

$5 presale, $7 door. Call 692-2113 for more information.

2. Hooray for Ichabod!

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" lives on for one show only at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The family-friendly performance, based on Washington Irving's classic story of love and ghostly horse rides, takes the stage of the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave.

For box office information and tickets, call 683-1776 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Adult $10, children ages 12 and under $7.

3. Travel the trails of Tifft Nature Preserve and help a little apprentice witch prepare for graduation. Then make a Halloween craft and learn about toads.

What's brewing? Nature, of course, at the preserve located on Fuhrmann Boulevard just north of Tifft Street near the Small Boat Harbor.

The spooky theatrics take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday for only $6.

Call 896-5200, Ext. 338, to register. Expect to spend 30 minutes outside so dress appropriately and wear a costume, too.

4. Cruise the Eastern Hills Mall from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday for a different kind of Halloween party.

Deluxe trick-or-treat bag for children under age 12.

Wear an eye-catching, creative costume, and be sure to register between 3 and 5 p.m. for the contest. Grand prize of a luxury hearse for the best-costumed adult. More prizes with wheels for the wee ones.

Find the mall at 4545 Transit Road in Clarence.

e-mail: jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com