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Halloween Guide 2015


Still searching for the perfect way to celebrate the Halloween season? Check out our full list of upcoming Halloween events below. There's still time and plenty of options to get involved and show off your Halloween spirit.

Below is a list of haunted houses, concerts, family-friendly events, ghost walks, masquerades, trick-or-treating events, hayrides, and more. Did we miss something? Tell us about it by commenting on this article at, and be sure to check City's online calendar for the latest details.

Wednesday, October 21

[ LECTURE ] Halloween Goddesses

Jack Kowiak explores Halloween with Goddess stories from the ancient Sumerians, Greeks, Celts, and more. Appropriate for all ages.

Lecture begins at 7 p.m.

Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road.


[ RECREATION ] Phantoms of Fairport Ghost Walk

Based on the TV show, "Mystic Encounters," the tour will highlight stories about the ghostly residents of Fairport.

7:30 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for children

Meets at front of Airport Village Hall, 31 South Main Street


Thursday, October 22

[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Castle of Horrors

A zombie invasion has hit Rochester, and to escape you must walk through this haunted house.

Thursday through Sundays through Oct. 30. 7 p.m. $20.

Main Street Armory, 900 East Main Street.


[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Nightmare Manor

Nightmare Manor has several themed exhibits to fix your desire for fright this season: the Undead Zone, The Sinister Sewers, and Hillbilly Hell.

Continues through Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., $16-$20

Southtown Plaza, 3333 West Henrietta Road


[ HAUNTED HAYRIDE ] Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester

Face off with ghouls, phantoms, demons, and more as you travel through the spooky fields.

Continues through Oct. 25, 7-9:30 p.m. $15-$24

3329 Eddy Road, Williamson


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Halloween Costume Catwalk

Walk the runway to Halloween-themed music and show off your costume. Savers Thrift Stores will also provide helpful tips to transform your costume.

3-3:30 p.m.

Savers Thrift Store, 1175 Marketplace Drive


[SPECIAL EVENT ] Spirits of the Past Theatrical Tours

Tales of the 19th-century horror come alive as you travel through the village streets.

Continues through Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. $19-$23, reservations required

Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road


Friday, October 23

[ CONCERT ] Halloween Spooktacular

In addition to a costume, guests are asked to bring a canned or non-perishable food item for donation to the Pittsford Food Cupboard.

7:30 - 9 p.m.

Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth College, 4245 East Avenue


[ CONCERT ] Halloween Spooktacular Party & Concert

Several local musicians join the party with a costume contest, games, candy, and live performances of Halloween classics.

7-9 p.m. Boulder Coffee Co. 100 Alexander Street


[ HAUNTED HOUSE ] Dark Matter Scream Works

Featuring Rochester's only Live Zombie Shooting Gallery, this haunted house has two attractions for the price of one.

Continues Friday through Sunday through Oct. 31. 7 p.m. $18-$20, cash only at door

2599 East Henrietta Road

[ PARTY ] RMSC After Dark: Monster Bash

Creepy themed experiments as well as an Electricity Theater, this Halloween Party also has a live DJ and cash bars all throughout the museum.

7 p.m. $20. Must be 21 and older to attend

Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue


[ RECREATION ] Ghosts of Mt. Hope Avenue Ghost Walk

Tour Mt. Hope Avenue and learn of the ghosts still residing in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Continues next Friday, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10:30 p.m.

$10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under

Meets at intersection of Mt. Hope Avenue and Reservoir Avenue


[ RECREATION ] Landmark Society Ghost Walk

A walking tour of the Arnold Park neighborhood with scary, funny stories told by those who have returned from the grave.

Continues on Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. $14-$25. Tours start every 15 minutes.

Landmark Society of Western New York, 133 South Fitzhugh Street.

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Saturday, October 24

[ KIDS EVENT ] Halloween Trolley Express

Take a trolley ride to a pumpkin patch and choose your favorite. Kids are invited to decorate their pumpkins at the museum, while enjoying cider and donuts, and even trick or treating in the trolley cars. Costumers are encouraged.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12.

New York Museum of Transportation, 6393 East River Road

[ KIDS EVENT ] Tails & Treats

A spooktacular afternoon of trick-or-treating around the farm with other games and activities for the family.

2-4:30 p.m. $8-$10,

Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road



Enjoying trick-or-treating, and seeing your favorite animals.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31, $8.50

Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street.


[ PARTY ] Scotland Yard Fifth Annual Halloween Party

Win prizes while celebrating in the best decorated pub in Rochester.

8 p.m.

Scotland Yard Pub, 187 St. Paul Street


[ PARTY ] Spiders and Crooks

Includes games, story-telling, and theatrical performances. Writers and Books will give a history lesson on what happened in the old Third Police Precinct building. The event includes food, drinks, games, a costume contest, raffles, and more.

7-10 p.m. $10-$15

Writers and Books, 740 University Avenue


[ RECREATION ] Spirits of Sea Breeze Ghost Walk

Walk lakeside and learn of Early Rochester and the tourist attraction, Sea Breeze.

Continues the following Saturday. 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

$10 for adults and $5 for children

Meet across from The Reunion Inn, 4565 Culver Road


[ RECREATION ] Lady in White Ghost Walk

Visit the infamous "Lady in White" and get the chance to use real ghost hunting equipment.

Continues the following Saturday, 10:30 p.m. $15 per person

Meet across from The Reunion Inn, 4565 Culver Road


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Fall Into Canandaigua

Pumpkin carving, wagon rides, costume contest, farmers market, YMCA Jack-o-Lantern 5k Jog, and more in downtown Canandaigua.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Halloween Potluck

Games, fun, and food. Bring a pumpkin to decorate.

Rochester Makerspace, 850 St. Paul Street #23


Sunday, October 25

[ KIDS EVENT ] Giant Pumpkin Carving

Director Jenny Bay will carve a giant pumpkin. Paid activities include face painting, hayrides, corn maze, and more.

2-4 p.m.

Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road


[ KIDS EVENT ] Halloween Madness

In addition to Glow Bowling, kids can enjoy a costume content, parade, games, prizes, and snacks.

1 p.m.-4 p.m. $12-$15, $5 for Non-Bowlers

Clover Lanes 2750 Monroe Avenue.


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Haunted Garden Stroll

Walk through the Sonnenberg grounds to hear the history and spooky tales of the last 128 years.

6-8 p.m.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte Street


Wednesday, October 28

[ RECREATION ] Haunts of Henrietta Ghost Walk

Walk with the oldest ghosts in Rochester that reside in old West Henrietta.

7:30 p.m. $10 for adults $5 for children

West Henrietta Road & Erie Station Road in front of old Cartwright Inn, 5691 West Henrietta Road


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Stupid Gets You Killed: A Walking Dead Quiz

Show off your knowledge of The Walking Dead in the quiz. Winners take home cash prizes. Teams are limited to six people.

8 p.m. $5. The Beer Market at College Town, 1401 Mt. Hope Avenue


Thursday, October 29

[ KIDS EVENT ] Halloween Accessible Trick-or-Treat

Children 10 years or younger, with or without disabilities can enjoy a fully accessible Halloween experience of candy, costumes, snacks, games, and prizes.

Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street

5 p.m.-8 p.m.


[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Pups & Pilsners

A dog-friendly Halloween-themed happy hour. Festivities will include a costume contest, bobbing for tennis balls, and a Trick and Treat contest where treats will be awarded for the best tricks.

The Historic German House Auditorium, 315 Gregory Street.

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.


Friday, October 30

[ CONCERT ] Rock-it Science Annual Halloween Bash

Rock and Roll concert with a costume contest and other festive activities.

8-11:30 p.m.

The Argyle Grill at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Road


[ KIDS EVENT ] Fright On Ice

This family-friendly Halloween skating event will have Halloween themed activities with prizes and treats. Music and spooky videos will be playing while skating. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.

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

Admission is $6, rental skates are $4 for rental skates.


[ KIDS EVENT ] Toddler Trick-or-Treat

Halloween activities and even prizes at The Strong Museum.

The Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square

10 a.m.-2 p.m. General museum admission fees


[ PARTY ] Haunted Manson Halloween Party

A party and costume contest with salsa, bachata, kizomba, and merengue dancing. Drink specials, and prizes for best costume and other winners.

Tango Cafe, 35 South Washington Street

9 p.m. $5-$10. Register for costume contest by 11:30 p.m.


[ PARTY ] Halloween Masquerade Ball

The costume party will have hors d'oeuvres, desserts, entertainment by Encore Events, an open bar, raffles, and prizes.

Casa Large Vineyards, 2287 Turk Hill Road.

8 p.m.-12 a.m. $40-$50


Saturday, October 31

[ CONCERT ] Finger Lakes Chamber Music Halloween Concert

Wine and cheese tasting will take place at 6:30 p.m. prior to the concert.

7:30 p.m. $25

Ravines Wine Cellars, 400 Barracks Road


[ CONCERT ] Mr. Mustard

A Beatles and 60's themed event to show off your best costume and win prizes.

9 p.m.

Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive


[ CONCERT ] Halloween Bash

D.L. Marble & Band will open for the Raw Magillys at Abilene's for the bar's Halloween Bash. Includes costume content, prizes, and drink specials.

7 p.m. $6

Abilene Bar & Lounge 153 Liberty Pole Way


[ CONCERT ] Halloween: The Outerspace Disco, Danielle Ponder & the Tomorrow People

An outer space, 1970's disco-themed party. Costume contest with prizes.

8 p.m., $10, 21 and older

Flour City Station, 170 East Avenue


[ KIDS EVENT ] BRATS Halloween Party for Kids

Crafts, games, and a just-scary-enough haunted house for children from preschool to grade 3.

1-3 p.m., Duryea Room

Seymour Library, 161 East Avenue


[ KIDS EVENT ] Halloween at the Farm

Celebrate the last weekend of the season, free activities include trick-or-treating, costume parade at 1:30 p.m., hayrides, corn maze, and more.

12-2 p.m.

Wickham Farms, 1821 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road


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Participate in this fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt to win a treat bag. Be sure to come in customer and submit photos to Facebook for the Facebook costume contest.

Long Acre Farms, 1342 Eddy Road


[ KIDS EVENT ] Spooky Science

Kids can join the Halloween fun at the RMSC with a magic show by The Amazing Magic Joe, and have fun with glowing slime and other hands-on activities. Costumes are encouraged.

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue


[ PARTY ] Bowieoke: A Halloween Party

David Bowie themed, this party will recreate the night Bowie was arrested in Rochester in 1976. There will also be a screening of "Five Years," a short film by Matthew Ehlers. Reservations requested.

7-10 p.m. $10. Reservations requested

Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street.


[ RECREATION] 3rd Annual Rundead Rochester

Will you survive this race? It's a fight for survival as runners are battling zombies, obstacles, and time. Individuals can participate as runners or zombies.

9 a.m.-1p.m., $25-$30

Genesee Valley Park, Elmwood Avenue

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[ SPECIAL EVENT ] Halloween StoryWalk

Families are invited to enjoy reading outdoors while walking through the wildlife center

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 US Route 20.

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