Once a year scary becomes fun during the Halloween season.
Area residents looking to adopt the spirit of the holiday will find numerous opportunities to face their fears, get dressed up for an evening of trick-or-treating or enjoy a safe evening of child-friendly Halloween activities.
Halloween is set for Thursday, Oct. 31, but there are several events happening to give area residents a season's worth of the chills.
Area children are shown during the 28th annual “Halloween Fun Fest” held in 2012 at the Allen Park Ice Rink in Jamestown. The event, which is for children under the age of 12, will be held again this year from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
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Terror Within The Walls, a haunted house attraction started in 2009 that raises funds for the Make-A-Wish Western New York Foundation, will host its "Carnival Macabre" beginning Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7-10 p.m. The event, which is hosted at The Spire Theater, 317 E. Third St. in Jamestown, continues Friday, Oct. 25, Saturday, Oct. 26, Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 31, from 7-10 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 1, from 7-11 p.m.
Tickets to the event are $5 per person, and $2.50 of the ticket price will be donated. Star magnets will be sold for $2 a piece, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated. For more information, visit www.terrorwithinthewalls.com or search for "Terror Within the Walls Haunted House" on Facebook.
"The Haunting at the Mall," an event presented by Scott Mekus, will take over the second floor of the Chautauqua Mall, 318 E. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, for eight days of gore. The event is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7-11 p.m., and will continue each night through Thursday, Oct. 31.
The event is not recommended for children under 12, but a family-friendly version will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 3-6 p.m. for a $5 admission. Also held throughout the mall from 2-4 p.m. will be a free trick-or-treat event. Tickets are $8 presale and $10 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Chautauqua County Humane Society. For more information, search for "The Haunting at the Mall" on Facebook.
Area residents will have the opportunity to experience a public paranormal investigation called "The Last Boarding Call" by Crossroad Ghost during a fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
One hundred percent of the proceeds raised during the event will benefit the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, 211-217 W. Second St., where the event will also be held. Tickets are $25, and are presale only to the first 60 customers. Attendees, who must be 18 or older, are asked to bring a flashlight. For more information, call 397-7934 or search for "The Last Boarding Call" on Facebook.
For those who would rather take a more physical approach to being scared, the "End Of Days Zombie Run" by Wake Up productions will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26. Sign-in is set for 4-5 p.m. in front of Lincoln Elementary School, 301 Front St. in Jamestown, and the race will begin at dusk.
Attendees may opt to participate as a runner or as a zombie. Registration is $20 per runner, $10 per zombie and $10 for those under 15. The event will raise funds for the Chautauqua County Humane Society. For more information, search for "2013 End of Days Zombie Run" on Facebook.
Those looking to fill their belly with something other than sweets may opt to stop by the second annual "Halloween Hoe-Down" and dinner dance on Saturday, Oct. 26.
A fireman's chicken barbecue will be held from 6:30-8 p.m., a round and square dance will be held from 8-11 p.m. and drawings will also be held. Live music will be provided by the Good For Nuthin String Band. Those attending are encouraged to wear costumes, but it is not required.
Dinner and dance tickets are $15 presale, or $20 at the door and $5 to just dance. The event will be located at the Sherman fire hall. For more information, call 490-4714 or 761-6781.
The former Ponderosa Steak House of the Warren Mall, 1666 Market St. in Warren, Pa., has been transformed into a haunted house by Craig Rodgers III.
Rodgers, a 15-year-old sophomore at Frewsburg High School, works at the Warren Arby's and decided to host a haunted house at the mall as a fundraiser for the youth group of church he attends, which is Frewsburg Zion Lutheran Church.
The theme for the haunted house is "Meadowbrook Asylum," and is based on a post-Civil War asylum. The event will begin on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6-9 p.m., and it will continue Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $2 for children 7-12, $4 for adults and $3 for seniors. Children under 6 are admitted for free, but caution is advised.
In addition to the many events held for adults, there are also a number of children-friendly activities held throughout the area.
Each year, for the past 28 years, the Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation department has hosted a "Halloween Fun Fest" at the Allen Park Ice Rink, located at the corner of Elizabeth and Allendale avenues.
The 29th annual, safe, alternative free event to trick-or-treating for children under 12 is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. The event will feature games, a haunted house, two costume judging contests and live music by Emerald City. For more information, search for "29th Annual Halloween Fun Fest" on Facebook.
The Children's Safety Village also hosts an annual Halloween event, which began Oct. 11, and will continue from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, as well as Oct. 25-26.
The "Town of Terror" transforms the various buildings at the The Children's Safety Village to terrifying haunted houses. The second annual "Town of Terror" invited area businesses and residents to compete for the cash prizes by creating a haunted house in the village.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $10. The Children's Safety Village is located at 2695 Route 394 in Ashville. For more information, call 499-8138, visit www.childrenssafetyvillage.com or www.facebook.com/childrenssafetyvillage.
Sam's Club of West Ellicott will host a "Trick or Trunk" event on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. in the parking lot. The event will include trick-or-treating, games, a costume contest, a best decorated trunk contest, a bake sale and hot dog cookout. Parade lineup begins at 1 p.m.
The Explorers Post 125 from Hewes Educational Center will provide traffic control and safety for the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army's Childrens Family Outreach program. Sam's Club is located at 720 Fairmount Ave. For more information, call Kelly Milliman at 483-1508 or search for "Trick or Trunk" on Facebook.
Even the youngest of children will have an event to attend as the The Lakewood Family YMCA is set to host a preschool Halloween party for children ages 2-5 on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The event will include pumpkin decorating, story time, games, a bounce house and a costume parade, which begins at 11:20 a.m. Admission is $10 for members, $14 for potential members and preregistration is required.
The Lakewood YMCA is located at 183 E. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood. For more information call 763-0303.