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By Alicia Dziak

There are just a few short days left to pack in all the area’s Halloween fun. Make a list and get to it!

Special Events

On Friday, Oct. 28, take in an all-ages Halloween rock show at the Springville Center for the Arts, when Aircraft takes the stage from 8 to 10 p.m. This up- and-coming group features former Springville residents Tyler Skelton and Justin Smith. Tickets available at the door; for more info, visit www.springvillearts.com.

If haunted buildings are up your alley, now’s your chance to discover for yourself if Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater is really haunted.  At the annual Horror at the Hollywood, make your way through the old theater full of creatures from the night and scary passages throughout. This event will run Friday, Oct. 28,  6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29,  6-9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, 6-8p.m and Monday, Oct. 31,  6-9p.m.

All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Hollywood Theater.  Admission is $5, and kids ages 5 and under are free. For more information, visit www.gowandahollywoodtheater.com. Read more about their restoration efforts, see photos on the progress and the inside of the Theater, and see what other upcoming events they will be hosting on the Hollywood Theater web site.

Need another excuse to bust out a costume? Head to Ellicottville on Oct. 29 for the EVL Half and 5K, a spooktacular race through the village and into the outskirts, that boasts costumed runners on a beautiful course, and a fun after-party at EBC. For more info, visit www.evlhalf.com.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Halloween party from 12 to 2 p.m. at Fiddler’s Green Park. Fun prizes for costumed kids and pets! Stroll through historic Downtown Springville. Merchants have treats and will help judge the lucky winners.

Form 4 to 6 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 431 Waverly St, Springville, hosts Trunk or Treat. Enjoy a trick-or-treat experience and time with family, friends, and neighbors without worrying about crossing streets. There will be free food and drinks, a hayride, campfire, pumpkin decorating, and a bouncy house to burn off some of the sugar!

Festive fun for a great cause? Head to the Halloween Party to benefit Empire Animal Rescue Society from 7 to 10 p.m. There will be best costume prizes, raffles, contests, food and music at Myers Steakhouse & Inn, at 460 Wildwood Avenue in Salamanca. Come dressed as your favorite pet or your scariest ghoul to help our strays who are looking for their “furever” home.

Fall Fun

If you haven’t gotten your jack-o-lantern yet, this is your last chance! Many roadside stands have popped up for the season (there is a great one on Route 240 just south of West Valley) or head to a pumpkin farm for all the add-ons.

Check out Wendel’s for your last chance of the year to pose in the giant pumpkin and grab their famous chicken BBQ. Hop on a hay ride, stock up on apples and pick out the perfect pumpkin.

Head south to Great Valley’s Pumpkinville, open through Oct. 31. There, you can take a hay ride, navigate the corn maze while playing Peanuts-themed BINGO, hop aboard the new Pumpkinville Express train and take advantage of a gazillion photo opps.

The Flower Stand and the vegetable stand next to it on Route 240, near Route 39, 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, gourds and apples.

Don’t forget to add some sea salt to those scooped out pumpkin seeds and have an easy snack for the kids’ lunches next week.

Looking for some truly scary fun? Check out Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street, a 25-minute tractor-drawn hayride that will lead you down a creepy haunted path with live scary creatures. Visit the Gothic Chamber, and head through a haunted wooden maze that will twist and turn over one acre of land, and end up in the haunted barn which features a vortex tunnel. Nightmare Hayrides is located at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road, and open weekends only, through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.nightmarehayride.com.

Endless Halloween fun awaits in the next few days. Fill this final October weekend with tricks, treats and memories!

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