Halloween in Rochester: Fun Activities for the Season

Halloween in Rochester: Fun Activities for the Season

The month of October is upon us, and that means it’s time to prepare for Halloween! Whether that is watching your favorite Halloween movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus or decorating your yard with ghosts and witches, there are dozens of ways to enjoy this fall month!

Costume Stores
If your focus is finding the perfect costume for Halloween, there are obviously Halloween departments at most large retailers like WalMart and Target. Other options for Halloween costumes include seasonal pop-up stores like Spirit of Halloween—located at Ridgemont Plaza in Greece, Southtown Plaza in Henrietta, and the Big Lots Plaza in Brockport—and Arlene’s—annually located at malls in the Rochester area. A popular choice for many is secondhand stores. Goodwill of the Finger Lakes is pushing hard for Halloween business, if you’ve heard their ads on the radio lately, but there are also secondhand stores such as the Salvation Army, AmVets, Volunteers of America, Plato’s Closet, Once Upon A Child, and small local consignment stores.

Haunted and Spooky Activities
Haunted houses pop up all over the city during October. There is one located in the old Media Play at Southtown Plaza in Henrietta called Nightmare Manor; Darien Lake in Buffalo has their annual Fright Fest. Some local churches and non-profits take advantage of similar attractions to raise money for their respective causes. Haunted hayrides are another option, and many are offered by local farms, such as Cobble Creek Farm, Verhulst Farms, and others. In addition to the multitude of seasonal haunted hayrides and haunted houses, there are candlelight walks through Mt. Hope Cemetery that continue year-round (as well as a seasonal one at Genesee Country Village and Museum) and integrate Halloween and local history! Check out this website for a more comprehensive list.

Parties and Events
Of course, there are also numerous parties and events happening in the city of Rochester and surrounding areas. Some local churches have seasonal festivals, usually unaffiliated with Halloween but always fun for families. Clubs and bars downtown may have special costume nights with seasonal drinks and themes, and the Memorial Art Gallery will be hosting a special Masquerade Ball late in the month. Keep an eye out for special events, such as showings of scary movies at small local theaters like The Little and Durand Theater, and special musical showings, such as The Phantom of the Opera at Wesley United Methodist Church. There is a fuller list located here.

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