When you were a kid, what was the best part of Halloween? Getting dressed up and getting a bunch of free candy, right? When we were kids, there was only one opportunity to do that--on Halloween night in our own neighborhoods. Well, now kids have a slew of free trick-or-treating events to choose from in addition to the big night.
* Halloween on Hertel. Go trick-or-treating up and down Hertel Avenue wherever you see a "participating business" sign in the window. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
* Trick-or-Treat on Delaware. When you're done on Hertel, head over to Delaware Avenue in the Village of Kenmore and go pick up some candy from the businesses there. Look for the ghost signs in the window to find participating merchants. It takes place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Earlier in the day, Kenmore celebrates Halloween on the Green. There are games, crafts, face painting and food from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a costume contest for kids 12 and younger at 11:30 a.m. and a magic show from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. It takes place, rain or shine, at the municipal green in Kenmore at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. There's also a children's costume parade hosted by the Kenmore Fire Department at 6 p.m. on Halloween, starting at the corner of Delaware Road and Wardman Avenue. At the end, 16 Nash Road, kids will receive a bag of candy.
* Trick-or-Treat on Elmwood. Take the kiddos to call on participating businesses in the Elmwood Village from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
* Fredonia Technology Incubator trick-or-treating. In addition to the candy, there will be a costume contest and games, all happening against the spooky backdrop of an art exhibit about Lily Dale. It's open to children age 12 and younger from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. It's at 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk.
* Pumpkin Party at the Hulbert Public Library. Play bingo, decorate miniature pumpkins, and decorate a trick-or-treat bag which you'll use to go trick-or-treating through the library at the end of the party. It takes place at 5 p.m. Thursday at 18 Chapel St. in Springville. Registration is required by calling 592-7742.
* Halloween Party at the Orchard Park Library. You'll get to go trick-or-treating through the library and get to meet superheroes and super villains. It takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at 4570 S. Buffalo St. Call 662-9851.
* Harvest Fest at CrossRoads Christian Church. In addition to candy, there will be crafts, photos, food, face painting, and a visit from the Thistle Creek Alpaca Farm. It happens from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at 1050 Girdle Road in East Aurora. Call 652-7356.
* Fall Fest at Armor Bible Church. There will be trick-or-treating, plus games, face painting, refreshments, a bounce house, fall crafts and potato launching. It happens from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 5650 Powers Road in Orchard Park.
* Photo shoot at Khari Imagery. Immortalize your Halloween looks with free photos taken by a professional photographer. Children accompanied by a guardian, as well as adults, are invited to strike a pose in front of a Halloween-themed backdrop. There will also be candy and refreshments. It takes place from 5:30 p.m. on Halloween night at the Khari Imagery studio, 2305 Elmwood Ave. in Kenmore. The photos will be available online for download after the event. Call 222-0581.
* Cash for candy exchange. When it's all over, enterprising little ones might decide to cash out. Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will pay $1 per pound of Halloween candy, which is sent to U.S. troops. The buy-back event includes children's entertainment, card making for the troops, prizes and giveaways. It happens from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at 3364 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.