1. Here's something to get you in the Halloween spirit a few days early. El Museo Francisco Ollery y Diego Rivera at 91 Allen St. is having an opening reception for "Altars," its annual Day of the Dead celebration at 7 p.m. The Mexican holiday, which celebrates the dearly departed, takes place Monday and Tuesday. It features artwork filled with skeletons and flowers -- death amid life. The exhibition runs through Nov. 25.
2. After it closed to passenger traffic a couple of decades ago, the stately Central Terminal became almost a ghostly presence towering over the East Side. Now the Central Terminal Corp. will hold a special Halloween candlelight ghost hunt tonight and Saturday night at the terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive. Tours will leave on the half hour from 5 to 8 p.m. both days. Tickets are $20 per person. Participating visitors are advised to bring a flashlight and to wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour, which is not advised for children under 12, requires navigating multiple flights of stairs and traversing long hallways.
3. Amherst's own Chris Trapper, a singer/songwriter now based in Boston, Mass., brings his solo act to the Ninth Ward at Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave., for an 8 p.m. show. The former leader of the Push Stars is out with a new release, "The Few & The Far Between," on Starlit Records and available on iTunes. Tickets are $18.
4. Students at Gowanda Elementary School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with a promise to remain drug-free and a Halloween costume parade and banner contest. The event starts at 2 p.m. as the students march down Aldrich Street to the Gowanda Fire Hall and back to the elementary school. In the event of rain, all activities will take place inside the school.
5. Gilda's Club of Western New York will host a "spooktacular" Halloween celebration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at its headquarters, 1140 Delaware Ave. The private event is being held for its members and their children, as well as patients of Essential Care, a pediatric home care program that provides medical care to children and their families. About 200 participants are expected for the celebration.
6. The final round of the 2011 Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition will take place at 4 p.m. in the Francis M. Letro Moot Courtroom in O'Brian Hall at the University at Buffalo Law School on the North Campus in Amherst. A distinguished panel of judges is slated to sit on the bench for the final round of the competition, including State Court of Appeals Associate Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr., Appellate Court Justice Erin M. Peradotto and U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy.
7. It's a big day for big-name stars at the box office. Movie openings include the highly praised "Margin Call," a drama of high finance with Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Simon Baker and Stanley Tucci; "Puss in Boots," with the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris; "The Rum Diary," based on the writings of Hunter S. Thompson, starring Johnny Depp; and "In Time," a sci-fi tale with Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried.
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