By Lauren Antkowiak

October is upon us and Halloween is in full swing. To get ready for this spookiest of holidays, check out all the activities and events you can partake in below!

Some people love getting scared. Luckily, Buffalo has no shortage of events. Local favorites include Frightworld, House of Horrors, and Escape Rooms. Other haunted houses, hayrides, and mazes are scattered throughout Western New York. While those are well known events for Halloween, don’t forget to check out an event unique to Buffalo. Take a Halloween themed trip through the Lockport caves, then get a taste of the paranormal with their ghost hunters experience. Try Darien Lake for their Fright Fest filled with zombies and a new laser light show. These events are sure to keep you up at night!

Looking to steer clear of being scared, but want to enjoy all the fun that this holiday has to offer? Well, then the following events are just for you. The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, Pumpkinville in Great Valley, Wheatfield Pumpkin Farm, and Mayer Brothers in West Seneca have pumpkin patches, hay rides, petting zoos, and cider mills, all of which are open daily. Also, be sure to check out the Cambria Corn Maze in Lockport, open every Thursday thru Sunday, and Becker Farms in Gasport, as they host The Pumpkin Fiesta every Saturday and Sunday. The Buffalo Zoo celebrates Halloween with their Trick or Treat Weekend October 13 and 14. These places are sure to get you in the Halloween mood.

If experiencing Halloween up close and personal is not your thing, then a movie marathon is the way to go. Check out Syfy’s 31 Days of Halloween or AMC’s Fearfest for the best and scariest horror film has to offer on the small screen. And this year film fans are in for a special treat because one of the original kings of horror, Michael Myers, is returning to the big screen. First see him when the original Halloween returns to select theaters, including The Screening Room Cinema & Café in Buffalo and at the Movie Tavern and Marquee Cinemas in Syracuse. On October 19, the newest installment in the Halloween franchise hits theaters. If you are looking for something more family friendly, there are plenty of options for that too. Disney Channel’s Monstober and Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween features some fan favorites. Grab the popcorn and settle in for a night filled with your favorite movies.

Get in on the Halloween fun and be sure to let us know which of these activities or events are your favorite!

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