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If this past weekend's Halloween parties around Buffalo weren't enough to satisfy your thirst for scantily clad superheroes or goblin fuel (a generic name for domestic beer), then there remain plenty of opportunities this week to wear a costume or explore an alter-ego. The strong options for Monday through Thursday, with the 10 - published Thursday morning - laying out …

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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…

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Former Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts sold out well in advance of Thursday's appearance, but as Halloween approaches, it's still a busy week for events in the Buffalo area. Trick or Treat 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Boulevard Mall (730 Alberta Drive, Amherst). Free to attend, and first come, first served in terms of getti…

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Local Restaurant Week, which runs from Oct. 15-21, steals the headlines for the top weekday event in Buffalo, as it's something that everyone with a stomach and taste buds ought to enjoy. Lunch and dinner specials for $20.18, $30.18 and up - and vary by restaurant - are serious, limited-time deals that are worth further investigation. One midweek concert has already sol…

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It can be fun to buy into Halloween's recent commercialism. To flaunt factory-made costumes and to traipse through high-tech haunted houses. But it can be far more powerful -- more haunting, shall we say -- to take our cue from centuries past, and celebrate a grassroots Halloween. Don't panic. You are still allowed a ton of spookiness. History is on your side. The Fe…

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Halloween season is quickly approaching and the folks at Rise Collaborative are getting in on the action once again. The Buffalo boosters will be taking over Town Ballroom (681 Main St.) for their annual spooky shindig, this year referred to as "Rise Halloween: The Freak Out!" at 9 p.m. Oct. 27. Musical entertainment will be provided by the smooth-operating Vin DeRos…

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At least two Western New York dental practices will allow kids who get candy for Halloween the chance to turn it in for cash. Dr. Michael Foley and his staff at Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry invite children and schools to exchange their Halloween candy for $1 per pound from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at offices at 205 Linwood Ave., 3476 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, or 3364 …

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The marble figure stands motionless in a Plexiglass box, the smallest details of her hands and elaborate lace dress etched in stone. The statue went up in Jamestown's Lake View Cemetery more than a century ago, after the death of the young woman it was built to represent. The many wedding day stories about "the lady in the glass case" remain wildly alive: The lady wa…

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Craig Finn with John K. Samson, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Leopard Lounge (681 Main St.), $28. Last seen opening up for Titus Andronicus at a spirited Tralf Music Hall a couple of years back, the Hold Steady's Craig Finn will return to Buffalo in a headlining role at Town Ballroom's intimate Leopard Lounge. On tour in support of his new (and best) solo release, 2017's mov…

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Kids love to dress up for Halloween, so here's a great opportunity for them to wear their costume over and over. Hey, maybe you won't feel so bad about spending a small fortune on it or taking months to make it from scratch. Or if your kids are like mine, they can't make up their mind and end up with more than one costume. Here are eight events that are fun, family-f…

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There's a better chance trick-or-treaters will score a sack of full-size Hershey bars tonight than a raindrop. The chance for precipitation is zero, according to the National Weather Service forecast. A jacket will be required for candy seekers, however. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s during peak times for trick-or-treating, the forecast shows. Light…

There's nothing scary about having a ball with your kids this Halloween weekend, and not spending any money. And it's absolutely possible. With a myriad of events taking place all over Buffalo and beyond, your kids will love the fun and you'll love the cost. Oct. 27 Galleria of Treats. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walden Galleria. This is an annual event that the kids al…