We like to be scared, and fear makes us eat and drink. So here are several events to plan for October.
The creepy Iron Island Museum (998 Lovejoy St.) has three October events that combine your fear of ghosts with your love of food and drink.
A haunted food truck rodeo is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Scheduled food trucks include Get Fried, Cheesy Chick, The Great Foodini, Street Eats, Sweet Melody’s, Ru’s Pierogi, Sweet Hearth, Maria’s Bene Cibo and Sweet Lisa. There will be museum tours ($5 per person, no vouchers), psychic readings for a small fee and face painting for the kids.
Two happy hours are planned for the following Fridays: A haunted happy hour is Oct. 20 and a spooky happy hour is Oct. 27, both from 6 to 9 p.m. (ages 21 and older). Tickets are $30 and include a commemorative glass (presale only), wine and beer, haunted tours, treats and eats, and psychic readings for a small fee.
The museum is open regular hours for tours at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Details and tickets at ironislandmuseum.com.
Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays may be done for the year, but make time on your calendar for the Truck or Treat event from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Larkin Square (745 Seneca St). The event is back with local food trucks, live music and the addition of Halloween costumes. Visit Larkin Square’s Facebook page for details.
Mason Winfield's Haunted History Ghost Walks hosts several events in East Aurora. Haunted pub crawls continue Oct. 14, 21 and 28. Cost is $20 for adults (does not include drinks), and meets up before 6:30 p.m. at the notably haunted Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel (711 Main St.). The crawl visits four pubs and lasts about two and a half hours. Learn the history of the town and the ghosts who haunt the structures.
On Oct. 13, several events are planned for the 13 Ghosts of the Roycroft at the Roycroft Campus. Outdoor events run 6 to 9 p.m., indoor events are 6 p.m. to midnight and include the 13 Ghosts of the Roycroft Campus walking tour and a Victorian séance with Heather Rease. Prices range from $10 to $33. See all events and book online at hauntedhistoryghostwalks.com. The Roycroft's Craftsman Lounge will host its usual Friday night live music event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., and will be serving its regular lounge menu of more casual fare.
Buffalo’s Double Decker Bus Tours asks if you believe in ghosts on its Paranormal Buffalo Tour. For the journey, the tours start at a place where you can gather some liquid courage. On Thursday and Friday, the tours start at Lakeward Spirits (65 Vandalia St.) and Saturday tours start at Flying Bison Brewery (840 Seneca St.). Tours start at 6 p.m., stopping at a local pub like Liberty Hound, moving on to the Naval Park and The Ruins at Canalside. Next stop is the Swannie House before heading back. Cost is $25 per person. Visit buffalodoubledeckerbus.com for details.
Explore Buffalo will host "Explore BOO!fflo" at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the spirited Barrel Factory in the Old First Ward (65 Vandalia St.) and home to Lakeward Spirits. The 21 and older event encourages Buffalo-themed costumes (we would dress as ghostly grain elevator worker). There will be a Mummy Wine Wall, casket raffle and special cocktails from Lakeward Spirits. Admission is $40 ($35 Explore pass holders) and includes one drink, finger foods, digital souvenir photo and music. Tickets online or at the door.
Paranormal Walks hosts events that begin and end at ice cream joints (and one bar). Because what ghost doesn't like an ice cream cone, or a drink for that matter?
Lockport’s Lake Effect Ice Cream (79 Canal St., Lockport) is the starting point for two events. The Phantom Captain Ghost Hunt is Oct. 17, with registration beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, with the “investigation” beginning at 7 p.m., returning to Lake Effect at 8:30 p.m. to review the evidence (and perhaps a Toasted S’more sundae?). If you can’t make the Oct. 17 event, join a regular walk on Saturdays in October starting at 7 p.m. to explore the Lockport Locks.
Other paranormal walks all meet at 7 p.m. during October: In Hamburg, meet Fridays at Main Street Ice Cream (35 Main St.); in Medina, meet Wednesdays at Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream (114 East Center St.); and in Buffalo, meet Saturdays at Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.).
Cost for all walks is $10 per person, kids under 7 are free. No reservations required. Details at paranormalwalks.com.