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By Alicia Dziak

Halloween is just a few days away, and it’s time to pack in some spooky fun all weekend long!

On Saturday, Oct. 28, head to the Springville Chamber’s annual children’s costume parade. Line up is at noon at the Heritage Park Gazebo at 65 Franklin Street.

Kids can also enjoy a Trunk or Treat event at Our Savior Lutheran Church. From 3 to 7 p.m., this event features free candy, pumpkin painting, snacks and church information. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/267317570454753.

On Monday, Oct. 30, head to the Concord Public Library for their Pumpkin Party. From 6 to 7 p.m., put on a costume, bring the kids, and get into the Halloween spirit! This free, family-friendly program will include BINGO, mini pumpkin decorating with stickers, and decorating a trick or treat bag. End the party with trick-or-treating in the library. Registration is required by calling 592-7742.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, enjoy and evening of trick or treating all around Springville. The curfew for the business district is set for 7 p.m., and the remainder of the Village is 9 p.m.

On Halloween, you can also stop by Trunk or Treat at Springville’s First United Methodist Church from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  Find more info at www.facebook.com/events/1112878138843494.

This weekend is full of other fantastic events within a short drive of Springville to get in the spirit.

On Friday, Oct. 27, check out Nature A’ Brewin’ at Tifft Nature Preserve.Embark on a family-friendly Halloween adventure through the Tifft education center! Admission includes a guided indoor experience, make n’ take crafts, cider, and donuts. Costumes are strongly encouraged! For more info, visit www.tifft.org.

Head to Gowanda on Friday, Oct. 27 for Baggers Night, Gowanda Harley-Davidson’s twist on “Trunk or Treat.” Dress up and decorate your bike, fill your Saddlebags with candy for the kids, and enjoy free Pumpkins and carving for the kids. Prizes for best costumed rider and best decorated bike. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/239112053283921.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, celebrate All Hallows Eve at the Buffalo History Museum. Live organ music on artifact pipe organ, scary silent film screenings, pumpkin painting, historic crafts, museum ghost tours, artifact scavenger hunts and more are yours for the taking. For more info, visit www.buffalohistory.org.

Kids can go on a Trick or Treat Adventure at Beaver Meadows on Oct. 28 too. Bring your little ones and search out fun places at Beaver Meadow. Collect treats as you go and end up at the nature center for cider and donuts. Cost is $5, and pre-registration is required by calling (585) 457-3228.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Buffalo Philharmonic Family Series Presents a Symphonic Spooktacular with Cirque de la Symphonie. Amazing artists, incredible feats of human strength and jaw-dropping stunts will be performed on the Kleinhans stage to popular classical music with the BPO. Wear your costume and join in the costume parade at the end of the concert. Come at 1:30 p.m. for stories, games and crafts! For more info, visit www.bpo.org.

What better way to trick-or-treat than in the safe and comfortable atmosphere of Genesee Country Village? Enjoy two days of trick-or-treating for a full weekend of Halloween fun Oct. 28 and 29. Enjoy an autumn afternoon strolling the streets of the Historic Village and visiting with townsfolk in modern costumes!  Gates open at noon.  Approximately a dozen of the village’s historic buildings will be open for trick-or-treating.  Other activities include a bounce house,  face painting, roasting marshmallows over an open fire, listening to spooky Halloween tales by the village’s storyteller by the fireside, visiting the farm animals down at Pioneer Farm, taking a swing at the museum’s very-own mini-golf holes and more. For more info, visit www.gcv.org.

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