Halloween Events in and around the Rochester Area

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Celebrate Halloween with activities, events, costume parties, trick or treating, and haunted tours in and around the Rochester, New York area! 2018 Halloween Events in and around the Rochester Area for the kids and adults.

2019 Halloween Events and Parties for Grown-ups

Castle of Horrors-Rochester

The Castle of Horrors is the largest haunted house in Rochester, with approximately 40,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to scare. Wander through the same building as seen on SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters. Not recommended for children under 14.

Historic Palmyra’s famous Cemetery Walk- Palmyra

Historic Palmyra’s famous Cemetery Walk. Saturday! One night only – 3 shows. $16 per person, 2 for $24. Children $8 – must be accompanied by an adult. An amazing journey into the land of the dead. You won’t want to miss this.

Victor Parks and Recreation Tailgate Trick or Treat – Victor

ign up to give treats out of the trunk of your car. Decorate your vehicle and dress in costume. Children will Trick or Treat in the parking lot out of the vehicles. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated car and theme. James Cooke American Legion Post 931 will be hosting a Halloween Party in the lodge with pizza and drinks.

  • October 26th, 2019 (11am – 12:30pm)
  • Victor Parks and Recreation, 7891 Lehigh Crossing, Victor, NY
  • View Website

The Real Haunt- Lyons

Museum of Wayne County History is changing up the Haunted Jail into The Real Haunt! There will be ghostbusters on every floor with their equipment and residents are invited to become part of the investigation. There will also be a couple of psychics in the back room who will be on hand for readings. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance.

  • October 11, 2019 (8pm – 11:30pm)
  • Museum of Wayne County History – 21 Butternut St. Lyons, NY
  • View Website

Hallo-wine Spooktacular at Americana Vineyards- Interlaken, NY

It’s our annual adults only costume party, and this year, dress up as your favorite circus performers or sideshow acts (the way Stephen King would create them) to win prizes, or just come as you are and have fun! 21+

  • October 26, 2019 (8pm)
  • Americana Vineyards – 4367 E. Covert Rd. Interlaken, NY
  • View Website for pricing and ticket orders

Wizarding Weekend – Ithaca

Wizarding Weekend in Ithaca NY is a family-friendly, magical Halloween festival. Wizarding Weekend is a community and fan driven celebration of all things Magic, including but not limited to: stage magic, street performance, Wizard Rock and STEM topics.

Haunted Garden Stroll at Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua

Haunted Garden Stroll at Sonnenberg Gardens is a “haunted” half mile walk through the Sonnenberg grounds where you will encounter strange sights, sounds, and spooky characters and hear some scary Sonnenberg tales. $8/person, under 5 FREE.

  • October 27, 2019 (6pm – 8:30pm)
  • Sonnenberg Gardens – 151 Charlotte S. Canandaigua, NY
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2019 Halloween Activities and Events for Kids

Scarecrow Festival- Fairport

Annual Scarecrow Festival, sponsored by the Fairport Perinton Merchants Association. Enjoy the beauty of Fairport and the Erie Canal in fall– Main Street is adorned with unique scarecrows made by area merchants, organizations and community members –vote for your favorite!

Entertainment, pony rides, kids activities, vendors, open houses and sidewalk sales, kids activity tent.

ZooBoo- Rochester

he tradition continues! Don your best Halloween costumes and celebrate with the whole family at Seneca Park Zoo. Enjoy a beautiful fall day strolling the Zoo, and take part in unique, holiday-themed stations. Enjoy visits with costumed characters, Halloween crafts, games and activities, costume parades twice daily, and more!

  • Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, NY
  • Saturdays and Sundays, October 12, 13, 19 and 20, 2019
  • View Pricing on Seneca Park Zoo website

Pumpkin Palooza Fall Festival – Lyons, NY

PumpkinPalooza Fall Festival in Lyons, NY is family fun with live music, food & craft vendors, Pumpkin carving, wine tasting and antique show, craft & food vendors, entertainment, wagon rides, The Great Pumpkin Roll, adult craft workshop, kids pumpkin painting, face painting, games and much more. Food Vendors and Craft Vendors in Central Park. Antiques & Craft Vendors in the Elks Club.

Pittsford Family Halloween Fest -Pittsford

A free family-friendly Halloween party with trick-or-treating, games, Halloween activities, prizes, music and more. Admission: One canned good item per person to benefit the PITTSFORD FOOD CUPBOARD. Costume parade at 3:30pm

  • October 20, 2019 (2pm – 5pm)
  • St. John Fisher College Wilson Athletic Center, Pittsford, NY
  • view website

Accessible Trick-or-Treat Halloween Event- Rochester

The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) will host their annual “Accessible Trick-or-Treat” Halloween event. For many children with physical or sensory disabilities, going door-to-door to trick-or-treat may be a challenge, if it is an option at all. CDR transforms our office space into a fun, safe and fully accessible “neighborhood.” In this environment, children with and without disabilities can come together and enjoy the best part of Halloween. We will be decorating most of our 22,000 square foot office and children can walk through and collect candy, play games to receive prizes, enjoy treats and more! This is a FREE event for children 10 and under. Adult supervision is required and costumes are strongly encouraged! This is a scent free event. Please contact us if you have a child older than 10 years of age with a disability that you feel is appropriate to attend this event.

  • October 30, 2019 (5pm – 8pm)
  • Center for Disability Rights 497 State Street, Rochester, NY
  • More Information

Fall Into Canandaigua – Canandaigua

Fall Into Canandaigua is Family Halloween Fun in Downtown Canandaigua, NY with halloween activities like Pumpkin Carving, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Kids Costume Parade and Costume Contest, Pet Costume Parade and Contest, Musical Petting Zoo, Baking Contest, Face Painting and Henna, YMCA Jack-O-Lantern 5K, 10K & Kids Dash, and more.

GCVM Trick or Treating in the Village – Mumford

Kids will love all the Halloween fun, from collecting treats at the historic homes to roasting marshmallows, movies, and games inside and out. Highlights include Teal Pumpkin Project houses, face painting, and a whole car-free village for tricks and treats! Choose between Friday evening for nighttime fun, or Saturday for an earlier start to your adventures!

Gather the family, put on your best costume, and explore the historic village for treats. Twelve houses will be distributing different candies and toys, and visiting the Confectionery ($) will prove sweet too. Get your face painted and run off the sugar rush with groups games in the Meeting Center. Take a snack break with a classic Halloween film, or huddle up to the bonfire for fresh, roasted marshmallows and spooky seasonal tales!

Eastview Mall Super Saturday: Halloween Party- Victor

SPOOKTACULAR Super Saturday Halloween Party! Little Halloween ghosts and goblins will enjoy donuts, cider, live entertainment by the always entertaining Nik Lite, and trick-or-treating around the mall (at participating stores). The Halloween party starts in the Main Court at 11am and goes until 1pm.

  • October 26, 2019 (11am-1pm)
  • Eastview Mall – Victor, NY
  • More Info

Spooktacular – Family Halloween Party – Clifton Springs

Part of Main Street Clifton Springs is closed down in order to hold this community Halloween “party”. This Halloween-themed event features a hayride, haunted house (kid-friendly but adult scary), games, pumpkin decorating, cupcakes and candy from downtown merchants. Come out for the costume contest.

  • October 25, 2019 (6pm-8pm)
  • Downtown Clifton Springs, NY

Scary Stories Told in the Dark – Wood Library Canandaigua

Come to Wood Library in costume and listen to bone-chilling stories. Treats provided. For grades 3-5

  • October 29, 2018 (7p-7:30pm)
  • Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY
  • view website

Spooktacular at the Library! – Victor Farmington Library

Special Halloween-themed storytime and some spooky Halloween activities!

  • October 26, 2019 (10 am-6pm)
  • Victor Farmington Library, 15 W. Main St. Victor, NY
  • view website

Tots Halloween Party and Family Halloween Fun at Rochester Museum of Play

Witches, princesses, and superheroes of all ages are welcome! Don a spooky or creative costume and come to the National Museum of Play at the Strong for two Halloween parties: one especially for preschoolers and another for children of all ages.

The littlest ghosts and goblins will enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating at the museum’s Tots Halloween Party, Friday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet storybook favorites such as Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella. Pick up a goody bag from Mother Goose and trick-or-treat for prizes. Dance to Halloween music, play games, and create fun crafts.

Everyone will enjoy the Family Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trick-or-treat with favorite storybook characters including Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, Amelia Bedelia, and Robin Hood. Join in the Monster Mash and dance to other Halloween-inspired tunes. Play Ring Toss, get a temporary tattoo at the Tattoo Parlor, and see yourself in silly fun-house mirrors. Make Halloween crafts and decorate your treat bag.

The Tots Halloween Party and Family Halloween Party are included with general museum admission fees.

Halloween at the Market- Rochester

For the fourth year the Public Market will host a free family bonus Halloween dress-up/trick-or-treat opportunity!

Visitors to Halloween at the Market will find the vendor sheds filled with dozens of community organizations and agencies that will host trick or treating, and also share valuable information about their programs and services!

Head to the Market for some good old fashioned Halloween fun and tradition—and also to connect community members with our outstanding community organizations.

In addition to the trick or treating, the event features the Rec on the Move mobile recreation center, hay rides, food vendors and stands, and more!

As always, I do my best to provide relevant and accurate information regarding events. With any event dates and times are subject to change, please confirm dates, times, and availability before attending an event. Events are posted on Home in the Finger Lakes from information found on, but not limited to, attraction sites, government city sites; as well as submissions from individual attractions, press releases, and PR firms. All events are subject to change without notice and Home in the Finger Lakes cannot be held responsible.

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