It’s the Dudek Halloween Guide Part 2! In our last blog, we shared how to carve your pumpkin, make a costume, and decorate! In this edition, we’ll give you the scoop on the Halloween adventures to be had around the Rochester area so you can really give those Halloween costumes a run for the money!
Here’s 5 Great Ideas you still can take advantage of as mentioned in a recent Democrat and Chronicle article:
1. Try the spooky express
The New York Museum of Transportation and the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum, both in Rush, are operating the Halloween Express.
The train departs at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday for a ride to Midway Station. Watch out for the encampment along the way. Trick-or-treating is available in the trolley barn while you wait for the ride, and cider and doughnuts at the end.
More for the younger set, the Pumpkin Patch Limited departs at 2:30 and 4 p.m.
The rides originate at the transportaion museum, 6393 East River Road, Rush, and tickets are $12. You can pre-order at rgvrrm.org/halloween.
2. Spooktacular at The Strong
Calling all superheroes and princess — and everything in between — for the Halloween Spooktacular from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Strong museum, 1 Manhattan Square. Get a temporary tattoo, dance to Halloween tunes, make crafts and see performances by Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy who does unicycling, balancing stunts, juggling and more. Activities are free with museum admission of $13.50. Call (585) 263-2700 or go to TheStrong.org.
Stop at 15 animal-themed trick-or-treat stations, see costume characters while you wear your own and do some crafts while you see all the animals, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St. Admission is $19.50 ($18.50 for seniors, $16.50 for children). Go to senecaparkzoo.org.
4. The singing pumpkin
The Garden Factory, 2126 Buffalo Road, Gates, has a host of activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, including the Singing Pumpkin Light Show, carnival rides and balloon sculpting. Admission is free; some crafts and activities have fees. Call (585) 247-6236 or go to gardenfactoryny.com.
5. Haunted hayride
Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester usually tries to scare the pants off of teens and adults. From 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Sunday, though, the operation at 3329 Eddy Road, off Route 21 in Williamson, will offer family-friendly rides through the woods with a stop at the home of the good witch Wilhelmena and some tricks by Rosco the clown. Tickets are $8. Call (585) 423-2991 or go to hauntedhayridesrochester.com.
After all these Halloween adventures, you may have quite the appetite:
Bill Gray’s is hosting Family Fun Nights
( Pumpkin decorating, free kiddie custards and all sorts of family fun.)
Tuesday, 10/28 inGreece 2050 Latta Road
Wednesday 10/29 in Chili 3240 Chili Avenue
Thursday 10/30 in Webster 941 Hard Road
IHOP will be creating their own Halloween Fun!
On Friday, October 31st: free Scary Face Pancakes for kids 12 and under. Snap a picture, and send it in and you’ll be eligible to win a gift certificate. Here are the details according to the IHOP Facebook page:
This Halloween, kids 12 and under will receive a free Scary Face Pancake only at IHOP! Restrictions apply. Participation may vary. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1r0vHnG
Snap a photo using Instagram of your child’s Scary Face Pancake creation, tag it#ScaryFacePancakes #Entry and we may feature your photo in our gallery! You’ll also be entered to win a $50 IHOP gift card! The winner will be selected November 1, 2014. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal U.S. residents 13
years +. By entering, you agree to these official rules: http://bit.ly/1thafvg
If you’re looking for something a little bit more adult like for a Halloween Night Adventure, you have options:
It’s the end of the season party, and it’s like no other. Free pizza and wings all night long and entertainment by the Skycoasters. Here’s a little snippet from the website:
GET READY TO HAVE YOUR IDEA OF HALLOWEEN CHANGED FOREVER. THERE ISN’T ANOTHER HALLOWEEN PARTY IN ROCHESTER THAT EVEN COMES CLOSE TO THE PELICANS ULTIMATE HALLOWEEN BASH. IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO OUR HALLOWEEN PARTY , THEN YOU KNOW THE DEAL. FOR ALL OF YOU FIRST TIMES – ALL WE CAN SAY IS HANG ON FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE! THE FUN JUST DOESN’T STOP ALL NIGHT LONG. FREE PIZZA & WINGS ALL NIGHT LONG!
If you’re on the east side, Taylor’s is throwing a Halloween Bash that will carry over well until the next day and is offering cash prizes for the 4 best costumes. Kiss 106.7 will also be broadcasting live.
If you are looking for a Halloween Party that is a little more low key, and just as much fun, then head on over to the 5 Mile Cafe in Penfield, where many treats and much fun is sure to be had (as shared on their Facebook page)
Just a reminder… Halloween is quickly approaching! We are excited about our festivities at the cafe!! Live music, homemade pasta and lots of candies for the trick or treaters!! Please make your reservations for four or more!! Also, please take part in our Pumpkin Carving Contest. Bring in your carved pumpkin anytime between now and the 28th. Our customers will choose the winners! Be Creative!!! First and Second place winners!! See you then! Costumes are encouraged!