By Ashlee Oakley
With so many things to do in our area, how do you choose how to celebrate Halloween? Need a few ideas? Check out all of the fun, family-friendly autumn and Halloween-related activities, all in or within a short drive of Springville.
Whether you’re just looking to carve a happy face into your pumpkin and eat some pumpkin seeds this year, or are trying something more Pinterest-inspired, there are so many places to find your gourd around Springville.
Wendel’s has pumpkins, as well as hayrides (weather permitting), plus fall-favorite edibles and decor.
The Flower Stand on Route 240 and the vegetable stand next to it can help you decorate for fall and eat seasonally, with a little free library and fall photo stands for children.
Jake’s Greenhouse has a large selection of pumpkins and gourds, and their fresh apples are in, just in time for caramel apples, a Halloween favorite.
Awald Farms of North Collins boasts the biggest and best giant pumpkins, homemade crafts, and face painting.
Of course, at Wednesdays’ Gentner’s Springville Auction, you’re sure to find the perfect pumpkin and produce you’re looking for.
There are also many roadside stands in our rural area that could have the right Jack-o’-lantern for you… an autumn drive in the country is always recommended at this time of year.
The Concord Public Library invites you to “put on a costume, bring the kids, and get into the Halloween spirit!” They are having their annual Pumpkin Party on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5-6 p.m. Children and their parents can play BINGO, decorate their own mini-pumpkin, and create a bag for trick-or-treating, then trick-or-treat inside of the library, with the friendly library staff. Registration is a must, and this popular annual event fills up fast; call 592-7742 or stop in to sign your child(ren) up soon! You should also check out some of their great Halloween books, while there. From cute to spooky to downright scary (I’m looking at you, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated, terrifyingly, by Stephen Gammell), Springville’s public library surely has something for a little monster you love.
At school, traditionally the children of Springville Elementary School will have a costume parade, out through the back of the school, down the sidewalk connecting the school parking lots, and through the middle school, then back to SES, usually to have a small class party (the parade is weather-permitting; when the weather is bad, the parade has been conducted inside of the SES gymnasium/cafeteria). For more information, ask your child’s teacher. Middle and high school students are also able to dress up, as long as they follow school dress codes. Universal Pre-K students at Early Bird also have a costume parade inside of their building.
Each year, the Village of Springville also conducts a Halloween costume parade- this year to be held on Oct. 29, at 12 p.m. Presented by the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade is held rain or shine, and prizes are awarded to costumed children and pets. Businesses will have treats to hand out to participants of the parade, and will be helping to judge the costume parade and hand out the prizes to the winners of the costume competitions. The parade heads through downtown Springville; please see the Village website at www.villageofspringvilleny.com for more information.
As for Halloween night in Springville, it is expected to begin around dusk, and as in previous years, have curfews of 7 p.m. in the business district, and 9 p.m. in the rest of the village. Please be advised that these curfews will be enforced.
Looking for a family fun day trip? Head out to Pumpkinville! Peanuts fans, Pumpkinville has been named an official Peanuts Worldwide partner, and is participating in a nation-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, annual favorite. With Pumpkinville an honored official partner, 2016’s corn maze is “Peanuts”-themed, and sports the WYRK-FM Country 106.5 logo, as they sponsor the maze. Pumpkinville has also been rated as one of the top 10 corn mazes in the USA. Pumpkinville Express is another new fun feature: a seven-minute train ride around the Pumpkinville pumpkin patch. Old favorites, whether food or attractions, will also still be available! Visit www.pumpkinville.com for tons more information.
Your nightmares can come true on Sommerville Street in Ellicottville, with Nightmare Hayrides. Nightmare Hayrides is open weekends only, Sept. 30 to Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This 25-minute hayride, bumping along the haunted path, will taunt you with live, terrifying creatures of the night. Follow that up with the Haunted Maze, which leads into their Haunted Barn, complete with a vortex tunnel of terror. When you are sufficiently afraid, you might be hungry- visit the cook shack for some grub, and feel free to rest at the pavillion. For more info, visit www.nightmarehayride.com.
Enjoy this spooky time of year with lots of scary fun!