ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s officially fall: the season of pumpkin carving, scary stories, apple picking, and more. Rochester’s full of activities to get into the Halloween spirit, whether you’re finally old enough to trick-or-treat, or you’re more looking forward to a spooky pub crawl.
Here’s a local guide to everything Halloween in the greater Rochester region:
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19th Ward Community Halloween (Rochester) On October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy free candy, food, and photo opportunities. The event will take place at the corner of Woodbine Avenue and Anthony Street. The event is put on by community members, for community members.
See a fall flick at the Little Theater (Rochester) Throughout the month of October, check out the classic Halloween movies playing at the Little. From Coraline to Practical Magic to Insidious, there’s something spooky for everyone this season. In addition to one free showing of Lords of the Gourd, tickets range from $7 to $11, and can be bought at the door or online ahead of time.
Powers Farm Market hayrides and teepees (Pittsford) From Sept 1 to October 31, Powers Farms operates a variety of fall festivities for all. See a corn maze on weekends, enjoy family-friendly Halloween hayrides (discretion advised for small children), and check out Powers Famous Teepees — full of ghosts, bats, and jack o’ lanterns. Of course, a variety of autumnal treats will be available for purchase, from pies and pastries to candied apples to all things pumpkin.
Ghost and Cemetery Walks
Rochester Candlelight Ghost Walks (Various Locations) Throughout the month of October, enjoy ghost walks around Rochester. “If you’re looking for REAL ghosts, you’ve come to the right place,” reads the website of this 19-seasons-and-counting paranormal organization. From the Phantoms of Fairport to Jack the Ripper in Rochester to the Lilac Legends in Highland Park, take a $15 guided tour to learn more about the seriously spooky history in the Rochester area. Actors will not be used on these tours.
Mt. Hope Cemetery Tours (Rochester) Throughout the month of October, take a tour of the permanent resting place of over 350,000 people. Learn about mourning rituals of the 1800s in the Undertakers, Wakes, & Tears tour. Or hear what happened to the residents who broke the law in the Mischief, Murder, and Mayhem tour. These and other tours run throughout the month, and are all available for $12.
Ghost hunting at Rolling Hills Asylum (East Bethany) Throughout the month of October, those more serious about spooky season (and more willing to make the roughly one-hour drive) may want to take a trip to Rolling Hills Asylum. Originally a shelter for the poor, sick, orphaned, and needy, dozens died in the The Genesee County Poor Farm. Now, the asylum offers guided tours followed by self-guided ghost hunting throughout the property. Guests are given a Paranormal 101 crash course — and given a complete paranormal kit including dowsing rods, parabolic ears, and more — and set free in the asylum for between three and six hours. Tickets start at around $40.