Western New York families who want to start Halloween parties early – and celebrate well into next weekend – have lots of options during the next eight days, including several events that take place on Saturday.
The trick will be to enjoy all that fun without going too far overboard.
Find out how when it comes to trick-or-treating on Saturday in WNY Refresh and at the print section’s online home at buffalonews.com/life-arts/refresh.
Meanwhile, here are several events you can consider as a family, many of them free:
Trick or Treat at the Market: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Broadway Market, 990 Broadway. Children 12 and younger are invited to visit vendors for treats. A costume contest will follow a noon costume parade through the market. Free.
Halloween Spooktacular: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Includes a costume contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for children up to age 15, arts and crafts, a haunted house and free hay rides, weather permitting, by Lockport YMCA teen leaders. Admission and parking are free.
Harvest Carnival: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Fellowship Wesleyan Church, 1645 Southwestern Blvd., across the street from the Southtowns YMCA, West Seneca. Family friendly event; children are encouraged to wear non-scary costumes. Free; refreshments available at a nominal fee to support the church youth ministry.
Halloween at the Aquarium: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Falls State Park, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls. Special $5 admission per person during event hours; children who dress as a sea creature will receive free admission. Features a pumpkin treasure hunt, trick-or-treat stations, a Halloween craft table and Halloween-themed sea lion shows at 4:30 and 6 p.m.
Halloween charity event: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Andrew’s School, 1545 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda; Come in costume for face painting, craft making, games for small children, haunted house, refreshments. General admission is $2 and proceeds go to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. Hosted by the school youth organization.
Trunk or Treating: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Salem Lutheran Church parking lot, 10 McClellan Circle (McKinley Parkway at Whitfield Avenue), South Buffalo. Free, family friendly event includes apple bobbing and other activities, as well as trick or treating. For more info, call the church office at 824-2787.
Trick or Treating on the Boulevard: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Raymour & Flanigan, 1459 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Party includes trick or treating, apple cider and doughnuts, face painting and fortune telling; donations of $2 or higher will go to the Boys and Girls Club Alumni.
Trunk or Treating: 6 to 8 p.m. next Friday, Grace Baptist Church parking lot, 2525 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Families can bring their kids for a safe place to show off their cute costumes and get treats from about 30 decorative trunks full of candy. Free, rain or shine.
Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?: Kids 10 and under, in costume or not, will eat free all day next Saturday if each is with an adult purchasing an entrée at the Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls. Also, a special event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. includes a costume contest, giveaways, arts and crafts, and photo shoots by the Mount St. Mary’s Academy’s Scholars entrepreneurship program. The Music Is Art program also will be on hand. Reservations are recommended for the event and contest by calling 282-0007.