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Festivals

1) Witches Ball, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Statler City (107 Delaware Ave.). General admission tickets are $40 in advance here, while VIP passes are sold out. Commentary: One of Buffalo's most popular Halloween parties - Buffalo Rising's masquerade ball - rages again on Saturday in the historic Statler. Five categories of costume contests, with $1,000 doled out in prizes, ar…

Festivals

Ah, fall. The time of year for scary walks in the park among actors re-enacting "haunting" Shakespeare scenes. The season of finally learning how to become a home bee-keeper. The time when we all celebrate Oct. 3, the unofficial national holiday celebrating the cult classic movie "Mean Girls." Well, maybe these aren't the most traditional fall activities, but normal …

Erie County

Three Town of Tonawanda volunteer fire departments will offer three days of Halloween fun and parades for kids on Saturday, Sunday and on Tuesday, which is Halloween. The Ellwood Volunteer Fire Company parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Highland Plaza and march to the fire hall, where there will be a costume contest, games, gift bags, entertainment and refreshm…

Gusto

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 Gre…

Local News

The City of Tonawanda will welcome residents and visitors alike for a variety of events from informational neighborhood tours to festivals. Coming up: Veterans Park Fall Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in Veteran's Park with food, activities, a basket raffle and a pumpkin patch. Comprehensive Plan Tours, two hour walking tours of four city neighborhoods to …

NIAGARA FALLS - Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls will have more than fashion and a food court on Friday, Oct. 28. Halloween will come a little early for trick or treaters  at the second annual "Boo Bash," from 4 to 7 p.m., in the mall, 1900 Military Road. Dozens of vendors are expected to hand out treats to costumed kids at the free event. Additional family activitie…

Art

The Witches Ball in the Hotel @ the Lafayette would usually stake its claim as No. 1 in Halloween's The 10 but alas, it's sold out. Don't fret, though; turn your fiendish frown into a sinister smile, as several other spooky events are slated for Western New York. Here's The 10, with special-edition spookiness levels (number/10 indicates creepiness): 1) Halloween parties …

It’s not quite Halloween, but you don’t have to wait until the Oct. 31 for some spooky fun. Dress up your little cuties and get into the spirit of the season, without spending a dime. The Niagara Power Vista is having a Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 24. Bring your ghosts, goblins, princesses and monkeys and join the fun. The kids will find neat games, a haunted house, cra…