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Gobins and ghouls: Halloween in Western New York

A great pumpkin farm, Charlie Brown

Area high school students designed and built trebuchet catapults and tested their engineering and building skills at the fall festival at the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence.

Participants practiced launches on Oct. 19 and the all-day competition on Oct. 20. The multiple contests included the longest distance, combined distance of three shots and a target contest. Approximately $2,800 in cash prizes was provided for the funding of technology education in schools.

Participating schools included Eden, Depew, Nichols, Clarence, Hamburg, Harkness, Newfane, Hutch Tech, Jamestown, Cheektowaga, Holland, Pioneer, Oakfield-Alabama, Williamsville North, Williamsville South, Henrietta G. Lewis and North Tonawanda.

The Great Pumpkin Farm includes other activities such as a corn maze, hay rides, magic shows and the “boo-barn.”

The Great Pumpkin Farm’s Fall Festival will continue to run every day until Halloween, from 10 a.m. – dusk. Admission is free on weekdays.

The Great Pumpkin Farm and the Fall Festival are located at 11199 Main St. in Clarence.

For more information, visit

Tour some local haunts

Community members are invited to dress in costume, as Cameron Daboin will lead a paranormal historical tour of Western New York shipwrecks and hauntings of local buildings at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Daboin is the cofounder and lead investigator of the Greater WNY Paranormal Society; he stars in the show “Behind the Shadows,” is the founder of online PIT Society and the executive producer of PIT Productions.

The event will include Halloween-themed refreshments.

Those interested are asked to meet at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Visitor’s Center, located at 4968 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg.

Halloween open skate

The town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services will hold a Halloween public skate at the Hamburg Town Ice Arena from 2 – 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.

This event will feature a costume contest, arts and crafts, Halloween music, face-painting and other themed activities.

There is an admission price. Rental skates and helmets are available to purchase. For additional information, call the arena office at 649-8771 or the recreation office at 646-5145.

The town arena is located at 2982 Lakeview Road in Hamburg.

Pumpkins For Firemen Honorary fire company member Bill Gates, Rick Benz of Benz Associates Insurance and Ray Waterman have sold pumpkins to raise money for the Hamburg Fire Department. That local company will receive 27.33 percent of the sales. Each involved individual will donate 9.11 percent of earnings, in memory of those who died on 9/11. The pumpkins are grown locally in Waterman’s farm in Collins. The sale has ended and the remaining pumpkins have been returned back to Waterman’s farm. Photo submitted by Bill Gates.

Boo! Ten Lives Club spooky fundraiser

Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group will hold a Halloween fish fry fundraiser from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Food will be provided by BW’s Restaurant.

The meals will include dessert and drink refreshments; a cash bar will be available, as will kids meals. The event will include a basket raffle, silent auction, 50/50 and items and crafts available for purchase.

Black and orange adult cats will be available for adoption. Prizes will be awarded for costumes. Pumpkins will be given to the first 25 who attend in a costume.

For more information or to pre-order meals for takeout, call 646-5577. The Knights of Columbus is located at

36 Pierce Ave. in Hamburg.

Horror Festival 2013

TJ’s Dinner Theatre will screen horror films to celebrate Halloween, on Oct. 26. The admission price includes all of the films. The theater is offering one free popcorn and one free drink for those that purchase pre-sale tickets by Friday, Oct. 25.

Beginning at 3 p.m. will be “The Terror,” “House on Haunted Hill,” and “Halloween (1978).” A break will occur at 8 for the regular screening of “Despicable Me 2.” Horror Fest will continue at 9:30, with “Return of the Killer Shrews,” followed by “Night of the Living Dead.”

TJ’s Dinner Theatre is located at 97 North Main St. in Angola. For more information, call 712-7244 or visit

Costumes and treats

A Halloween party will be held at the Hamburg Public Library at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. Children aged 4 – 13 may attend in costume, for stories and crafts. Registration is required. To register, call 649-4415 or visit the library. The Hamburg Public Library is located at 102 Buffalo St.

A free “trunk-or-treat” family event will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Wayside Presbyterian Church. The event will include games, activities, refreshments and trunk-or-treating. The church is located at 5017 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg.

A Halloween party will take place during Sunday school, at 9 a.m. at the Faith United Church of Boston. Costumes will be blessed at 10:15. A “trunk-or-treat” event will be held in the parking lot, after the service. For more information, call the church at 941-3529. The church is located at 8651 Boston State Road.

Show off your finest in Halloween parade

The 55th annual village of Hamburg Halloween Costume Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26.

For participants, formation will begin at 1:40 p.m. in the Village Municipal Parking Lot, the same place in which the local farmer’s market takes place; the parade will begin at 2.

Children of all ages may participate. The parade will run from Union Street into Memorial Park. At the end of the parade, cider and doughnuts, courtesy of the Hamburg Kiwanis Club, will be served.

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