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Halloween Guide 2014


There's just nine days left until Halloween — but thankfully, October 31 falls on a Friday this year, so there's also an extra weekend for spooky festivities. Below, you can find a list of area haunted houses, costume parties, horror-film screenings, masquerades, and trick-or-treating options. Did we miss something? Tell us about it by commenting on this article at Also, as more events are planned and announced, be sure you check City's online calendar for the latest details.

Thursday, October 23

[ THEATER ] Halloween Spooktackular!

A Musical Variety Show for families and kids ages 3 and up!

Continues through Sat. Oct. 25 at 4 p. m.

Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St, Rochester. 315-253-6669

[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tours

Iconic tales of 19th century horror come alive as you wind your way through the Village's dimly lit and spooky streets.

Continues thru Oct. 25. $15-$17, reservations required.

Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road.


[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Nightmare Manor

Experience your worst fears in the Manor's expanded Undead Zone and the Sinister Sewer.

7:30-9:30 p. m. Continues through Nov. 1. $16-$26. Southtown Plaza, 3333 West Henrietta Road.

[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Castle of Horrors

Wander through with SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson and find paranormal activity!

7 p. m., $20-$35. Continues Oct. 25, 26, 30. Main Street Armory, 900 E. Main St.


Friday, October 24

[ CONCERT ] Halloween Spectacular Party & Concert

Several noted local musician, a crazy costume contest, piles of candy, creepy games, and more. 

7-9 p. m. Boulder Coffee Co., 100 Alexander St., Rochester. 454-7140,

[ HAUNTED HAYRIDE ] Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester

Face-to-face encounters with a variety of ghouls, phantoms, and terrorizing demons, Music from Flint Creek!

7-10:30 p. m. Continues through Oct. 26. $15-$22. The Haunted Hayride, 3329 Eddy Rd Williamson.


[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Haunted History Tours of Auburn

50-minute tours around the Seward House Museum property and the historic neighborhood. Based on the lives of the Seward Family and other local tales of murder, intrigue and mystery.

Call for prices. Continues Oct. 26, Oct. 28-30. The Seward House Museum, 33 South St, Auburn.


[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Haunted House

Continues Oct. 24-26, Oct. 28-30. $5-$10.

Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 New York 332. 398-0220,

[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] The Haunted Jail

William Fee, the only man hanged in Wayne County, was hanged right in the Northside Cellblock and we're pretty sure he's still hanging around!

6-9 p. m. $5. Continues through Oct. 25. Museum of Wayne County History, 21 Butternut St.


[ KIDS EVENT ] Halloween Pop -Up Cards

Make some fun decorations or a Halloween pop-up card. For children up to grade 5.

4:30-5:30 p.m. Seymour Library, 161 East Ave., Brockport.


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Rochester Zombie Prom

Professional makeup and effects, a live DJ, Michael Jackson Thriller Dance contest with prizes, giveaways, and a prom court.

9 p. m. $10. BLU Bar & Grill, 250 Pixley Rd.


[ SPECIAL EVEN T] Moonlight Madness in Brockport

Costume Parade at Main & Market Sts., pumpkin painting, arts & crafts, monster bag puppets, freeze dance, candy corn contest and giveaways.

6:30 p. m. Continues through Oct. 25 at 11 a. m.


Saturday, October 25

[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] School of Screams

Hamlin Town Hall was once a school house. It is haunted. Come walk through the Town Hall grounds.

7-9:15 p. m., $5, Hamlin Town Hall, 1658 Lake Rd.

964-7222, [email protected]

[ KIDS EVENT ] Play, Eat and Trick-or-Treat

Three bounce houses will be available along with giant games, free popcorn and trick-or-treating at a dozen different tables, photos with ice princesses.

10 a. m. – 2 p.m., $3, Genesee Community College, 1 College Road

343-0055 x 6616,

[ SPECIAL EVENT ] South Clinton Goes Batty!

Free haunted house and hay rides at 858 South Clinton; bobbing for apples; cider and donuts; live music; arts and crafts; and Halloween movies at the Cinema.

2 p.m. "till the werewolf howls."

[ KIDS EVENT ] Halloween Spooktacular

Come in costume and enjoy Halloween-inspired performances by Hilby, the Skinny German Juggle Boy, who is an expert in juggling, uni-cycling, balancing stunts, and more.

11 a. m. -4 p. m. Continues through Sun. Oct. 26 1-4 p. m.

The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square.


[ KIDS EVENT ] Tails & Treats at Lollypop Farm

Spooktacular afternoon of trick-or-treating around the farm and howlingly-fun games and activities! Bring your kids in their Halloween costumes.

2-4:30 p. m. $8-$10. Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road.


[ KIDS EVENT ] Pumpkin Patch Limited

Trick-or-treating in our trolley barn, enjoy hot spiced apple cider, donuts, and trick-or-treating while you pick out a pumpkin to take home and decorate for the season.

5:30 p. m. & 7:30 p. m. $12.

New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 E. River Rd, Rochester.


[ CONCERT ] Halloween Spooktacular

Nazareth faculty and ensembles. Come dressed in costume in the spirit of Halloween! 

7:30-9 p. m. Nazareth College Wilmot Recital Hall 4245 East Avenue, 


[ DANCE ] World Record Attempt Dance to "Thriller"

Dance tutorial at 5:30pm. The dance will start at 6 p.m. sharp. Zombie costumes are encouraged.

5:30-6 p. m. $5 suggested donation. Gold's Gym, 855 Publisher's Pkwy, Webster.


[ PARTY ] Haunted Hollywood Ball

Food Stations, costume contest, dance party, palm and tarot readings, silent auction, photo booth, special "Red Rum" cocktail.

7-11 p. m. $50. Spring Side Inn, 6141 W Lake Road, Auburn.


[ PARTY ] Scotland Yard Pub Fourth Annual Halloween Party

Win great prizes. The best decorated bar in Rochester.

8 p. m. -2 a. m.. Scotland Yard Pub, 187 St. Paul St.


[ Recreation ] Potions and Poisons

With Carl Herrgesell and Frank Crombe. Hike with us to learn about wild plants and the chemicals in them that are good and bad for people, deer, and other critters.

10 a. m. The Thousand Acre Swamp Sanctuary, 1581 Jackson Road.

[ SPECIAL EVENT ] The Phantom Express Halloween Train Ride

A four-hour excursion to Lockport. Enjoy wine, a grownup version of Halloween treats, and tales of the supernatural from Mason Winfield. A tour of the River Styx, a haunted house, and wine, hors d'oeuvres, & entertainment.

3-7 p. m. Continues on Sun. Oct. 26, 3-7 p. m. $45-$63.

Black Button Distilling, 85 Railroad St.


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Fall into Canandaigua

Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K and Kids Run, pumpkin carving, pony-petting zoo, face-painting, crafts, ukulele musical entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, kids' costume parade, & costume contest.

9 a. m.-4 p. m. 396-0300,

Sunday, October 26

[ KIDS EVENTS ] Trick-or-Treat in the Historic Village

Face painting, Halloween crafts and games, roasting marshmallows, wagon rides ($), spooky stories, and meeting Ice Princess Anna and Snow Queen Elsa.

12-4 p. m. $4-$6. Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road.


[ KIDS EVENTS ] BRATS 6th Annual Halloween Party for Kids

Creepy crafts, spooky games, a just-scary-enough haunted house, and treats for all! Children pre-school to grade 3.

1-3 p. m. Seymour Library, 161 East Ave., Brockport.



15 trick-or-treat stations featuring a mixture of fun trinkets and candy. Enjoy costumed characters and watch some of the Zoo's animals enjoy their own treats, too.

$6.50-$8.50, in addition to zoo admission. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St.


[ RECREATION ] Pacesetters: Halloween Walk in Pittsford

Meet in the parking lot of Schoen Place, 9 Schoen Place, Pittsford.

6:30 p.m. 249-9507,

[ PARTY ] Bad Girls "Spooktacular" Costume Day Party

Hosted by Kwan Perion. Giveaways, music by DJ Grand Imperial, trick-or-treat costume contest ($200-$600 prizes).

5-10 p. m. Call for ticket prices. Magic City on East, 336 East Ave.

[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Haunted Garden Stroll

Hear strange Sonnenberg tales from the last 126 years! Be ready for spooky characters during the walk!

6-8:30 p. m. $5. Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St., Canandaigura.


Monday, October 27

[ ART ] Devil's In the Details

Group show. Pentagrams, satanic figures, devil oriented work, and all manner of shadowy accouterments.

Through Nov. 1. 1975 Gallery, 89 Charlotte St. 466-4278,

[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Is the Library Haunted?

Ralph Esposito will tell stories of the ghosts of Olde Rochesterville, followed by questions & answers and a guided 'backstage' tour and investigation of the Library using digital and infrared technology.

4-6 p. m. $20. Central Library of Rochester, Rundel Auditorium, 115 South Ave.


Tuesday, October 28

[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Classic Horror Movie Nights

Double feature classic horror movie nights ft. classic horror films, a snack and refreshment, and a teaser tour.

6:45-11 p. m. $20. Rolling Hills Asylum, 11001 Bethany Center Rd., East Bethany.


Wednesday, October 29

[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Haunted Halloween Skate

Scary music and scenes, costume contest, free event photos, giveaways, and each child in a costume will receive a free Abbott's kiddie cone.

7-8:30 p. m. $7 admission, $4 skate rental.

Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road.


Thursday, October 30

[ ART ] Things That Go Bump

Cage dolls, day of the dead, & skittish skeletons.

Reception 6-8 p. m., through Oct. 31.

Outside the Box Art Gallery, Bldg 9, The Canal Works, 1000 Turk Hill Road.


Friday, October 31

[ KIDS EVENTS ] Toddler Trick-or-Treat

The littlest trick-or-treaters will enjoy Halloween activities and collect prizes.

10 a.m. -2 p. m. The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square.


[ SPECIAL EVENTS ] Halloween Channeling Séance

Join Pastor Robin as she channels her many guides as they deliver personal messages to everyone. 

7-9 p. m. $30. Plymouth Spiritualist Church, 29 Vick Park A.

271-1470, [email protected]

[ PARTY ] Halloween Party

Fox 45, Blizaro, Goron, Saints and Whinos, costume contest, cash and prizes.

7 p. m. $5. Firehouse Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave.


[ PARTY ] Marge's Halloween/Bridge Opening Party

7-10 p. m. Marge's Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Road.


[ CONCERT ] Teagan & the Tweeds Rocking Halloween Party

10 p. m. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 99 Court St.


[ THEATER ] Zombie Shakespeare

Scene, skits, and songs of HORROR from the Bloody Bard and other Creepy Classical Creators!

10 p. m. Thru Nov. 1 at 8 p. m., $9.

MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave.

Saturday, November 1

[ CONCERT ] Upward Groove w/ Sparx, Yarms, Smoov Tone

Come party with us for another Halloween Show.

7 p. m. $5. Firehouse Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave.


[ CONCERT ] Raining Blood and Blizzard of Ozz

The mighty Slayer tribute Raining Blood clashes horns with the amazing Ozzy tribute, Blizzard of Ozz.

9 p. m.-1 a. m., Flour City Station, 170 East Ave. 413-5745,

[ PARTY ] Halloween Party at The Argyle in Eaglevale Golf Club

Costume contest with prizes! Dancing and howling at the moon with some of your favorite music!

8-11:30 p. m. The Argyle Grill at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Rd.


[ RECREATION ] 2nd Annual rUNDEAD Rochester 5K

Wildest and deadliest race. Runners race for survival. Individuals can participate as a runner or as a zombie. DJ, live music at the finish line, food.

9 a. m.-1 p. m. $25-$30. Genesee Valley Park, Elmwood Ave.

Sunday, November 2

[ CONCERT ] Halloween Celebration Chamber Music Concert

Halloween celebration concert and the Rochester debut of David Anderson's Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Bass. The pre-concert talk with artistic directors Juliana Athayde and Erik Behr begins at 7 p.m.

7:30-9:30 p. m. $30, students free.

Hochstein Music Hall, 50 N. Plymouth Ave.