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Get in the Halloween spirit with Buffalo-area holiday events

You've got your pumpkins, picked your apples and made the traditional stops to the Great Pumpkin Farm, Pumpkinville or the MAiZE in Wheatfield. What else is there to do to get you in the Halloween spirit? Plenty. From ghost walks and tours, to a seance, horror movies and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on screen and stage, here is a sampling of other holiday happenings.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Darien Lake. It’s the last weekend for this annual event at Six Flags Darien Lake filled with haunted houses, spooky attractions, scare zones, zombies and ghosts. Stick around for the Laser Spooktacular at 10:30 nightly. No masks or costumes are allowed. Darien Lake is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Bowmansville Fire Haunted Hayride, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Bowmansville Vol. Fire Station #1 (36 Main St., Bowmansville). Enjoy hayrides, cider, doughnuts, a bonfire and a costume contest. Cost is $5 a person with proceeds benefiting Mercy Flight. It is handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible.

Truck or Treat at Larkin Square, 5 p.m. Friday. Families and costumes are encouraged at this event with food trucks, games, live music by Mom Said No. Free admission and parking.

[Photos: Smiles at a previous Truck or Treat]

Meet local artist MonsterMatt Patterson at Cats Like Us.

Local artist and illustrator MonsterMatt Patterson is known for his art of legendary creatures – along with his unique sense of monster humor. See his monster masks, paintings and books like “Ha-Ha! Horror” during a meet-and-greet from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Cats Like Us (67 Main St., Tonawanda).

The Spooky Steam Halloween train rides depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from the Hamburg Depot. Costumes are encouraged (kids get a free bag of popcorn) on the 2 1/2-hour round trip including the Water Valley Trestle and to Zittel’s Country Market, where it will stop for kids activities. Tickets are $20 for ages 12 and older, $15 for ages 2 to 12.

WKBW's broadcast of "War of the Worlds" is still memorable for those who heard it that night more than 50 years ago. The documentary "WKBW Radio's War of the Worlds: The Legacy Continues," which details that night, will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Aurora Theatre (673 Main St., East Aurora), followed with a Q&A with Sandy Beach, Pat Feldballe and documentary producer Bob Koshinski. Tickets are $7, available at

Houdini Séance. Haunted happenings like footsteps, voices and apparitions have been reported for years at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls. Next up at the venue, which has hosted ghost hunts, is a Houdini Séance on Oct. 31 with mentalist Kent Axell, Medium Jenn LeFevre, Magician Keith Randolph, along with Souls Gate Paranormal’s Scott and Deidre Emminger. Tickets are $35. Visit

“Trick or Treat.” In this two-act comedy presented by the Towne Players, newlyweds buy an old house with hopes to turn it into a bed and breakfast in Salem Farms, Mass. The Scarecrow Man, however, has other plans. It’s performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center (169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda). Visit

The Lancaster Opera House presents "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

'Rocky Horror' events

It's a good Halloween for fans of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."

The Aurora Theatre in East Aurora and the Hamburg Palace will each screen the movie at 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Riviera Theatre in North Tonawanda hosts its annual event starting at 10 p.m. Friday with the Eye Candy Burlesque Vixens, Ladies of Illusion and a costume contest. The movie starts at midnight with the Francis Bacon Experiment. Tickets are $20.

If you're looking for something different with "Rocky Horror," head to the Lancaster Opera House for the musical written by Richard O’Brien. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Nov. 1; 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 2. There will be an audience participation performance at midnight Nov. 2 with prop use coordinated by staff. The show is for ages 18 and older. Visit

Walks and tours

Paranormal Walks. Professor and author John Koerner has investigated local ghost stories, curses and strange creatures to help him create these ghostly walks. Meet for one of these four final tours: Cobblestone District (meet at 7 p.m. Saturday outside Buffalo Iron Works), Hamburg (7 p.m. Friday outside Main Street Ice Cream, 35 Main St.), Lockport (meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream Cafe, 79 Canal St.) and Medina (7 p.m. Friday, outside the Fitzgibbons Public House, 429 Main St., Medina). Cost is $10; free for ages 7 and younger. No reservations are needed, just show up in comfortable shoes.

Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tours has various paranormal bus tours and walks, including a tour starting at the Barrel Factory (65 Vandalia St.) at 7 p.m. today, Friday, and Oct. 31; and 8 p.m. Monday. Find the full lineup at, including a Spirits of Canalside ghost walk.

Marble Orchard Ghost Walks. Bring a flashlight for the 90-minute walk where you’ll meet a cast of characters – as performed by the Marble Orchard Players – and hear ghostly tales, myths and sorrowful tales. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday near the Peace Garden (476 Center St., Lewiston). Cost is $15 adults, $10 Lewiston Council of the Arts members, and $5 for brave children younger than age 12.

Batavia Cemetery Candlelight Ghost Tour. Meet famous and infamous characters from Batavia history during a candlelight guided ghost walk Saturday through the Historic Batavia Cemetery. Walks start at 7 p.m. and run every 15 minutes to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10, including refreshments; reservations are required. Proceeds benefit the cemetery's restoration. Call 585-943-5662.

The North Park Theatre is hosting free showings of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Family movies

The North Park Theatre will host free family screenings for Hertel Halloween weekend. Showing on Saturday and Sunday are "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) and "Halloween is Grinch Night" (noon and 1 p.m.). The Saturday events include free candy and a visit from the Buffalo Ghostbusters.

A double feature of the family films “Hocus Pocus” and ”Beetlejuice” is at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.).

Horror films

Movies are always one of the highlights of the Halloween season. Here's a look at what's showing by date:


“Candy Corn,” 7 and 9 p.m., Screening Room Cinema Cafe (Boulevard Mall). Tony Todd and P.J. Soles star in Buffalo premiere of film about a bullied outcast who seeks revenge.


"Rosemary's Baby," 7 p.m. North Park Theatre. The devilish 1968 Roman Polanski film.

“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room. Mel Brooks at his best.

“Halloween,” 9:30 p.m. Screening Room. The John Carpenter original.

There are multiple showings of John Carpenter's original "Halloween" at the Screening Room Cinema Cafe.


"The Man Who Laughs," 2 p.m. North Park Theatre. The 1928 silent film about a disfigured man and the blind woman he loves.

“The House on Haunted Hill,” 7 p.m. Screening Room. The Vincent Price-William Castle original.

“Plan 9 From Outer Space,” 8:30 p.m. Screening Room. It's not Halloween without the "best" worst movie ever made.


“Young Frankenstein,” 7:30 p.m. Screening Room.

“Phantasm,” 9 p.m. Screening Room.

"The Man Who Laughs," 9:45 p.m. North Park Theatre.


“Halloween,” 7 p.m. Screening Room.

​“Rabid,” 9 p.m. Screening Room.


“Halloween,” 7 p.m. Screening Room.

 Oct. 31

“Lost Boys,” 7:30 and 9:35 p.m. Dipson Amherst Theatre. Part of Thursday Night Terrors.

Nov. 1

“Widow’s Point,” 7 p.m. Screening Room. Locally filmed ghost story. Q&A with filmmaker Greg Lamberson. Multiple showings Nov. 2, 5, 6, 8, 9.

“‘Til Death We Do Rot,” 9:30 p.m. Screening Room. Premiere of Emir Skalonja’s film about a man-killing zombie virus. Q&A with Skalonja.

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