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The Citizen's 2019 Halloween guide: Haunts, parties and more

The Citizen's 2019 Halloween guide: Haunts, parties and more

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The Fright Night Mansion in Fingerlakes Mall.

Halloween is Thursday, and the Cayuga County area is brimming with haunted houses, costume parties and more in the meantime. Here are all the ones we know about:

(This guide will be updated throughout the month, so if you have an event to add, please send it to us! Visit and use the submission link at the top of the page, email, or mail the information to David Wilcox, The Citizen, 25 Dill St., Auburn. All listings are free. For more information, call (315) 282-2245.)

🎃 Great Pumpkin Celebration

WHAT: Free photos with the Peanuts gangs, Halloween crafts like owl masks, burlap bags, jack-o'lanterns and cat signs, ring toss games for prizes, trick-or-treating at 4 p.m. Oct 31 and costume parade at 6 p.m. Oct. 31.

WHEN: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30, and 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Bass Pro Shops, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

INFO: Visit

🎃 Haunted History Tours of Auburn

WHAT: Tours around the Seward House Museum grounds and streets of downtown Auburn with costumed guides, who will share tales of Victorian funeral practices, spectral encounters from Seward family lore, true crime stories and more.

WHEN: 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 29 and 30

WHERE: Seward House Museum, 33 South St., Auburn

COST: Admission $12 adults, $8 children 12 and younger; reservations required

INFO: Visit or call (315) 252-1283

🎃 Screams & Screens B-Movie Series: "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (TV movie pilot)

WHAT: Biweekly film series curated by Ed Catto

WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

WHERE: Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn

COST: Tickets $2

INFO: Visit or call (315) 253-6669

🎃 Story Time Trick-or-Treat

WHAT: Trick-or-treat around the library; costumes encouraged.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Skaneateles Library, 49 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles

COST: No registration required

INFO: Call (315) 685-5135

🎃 Halloween Bash

WHAT: With costumes and beer-and-junk-food pairings. 

WHEN: 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Summerhill Brewing, 14408 Route 90, Locke

INFO: Visit

🎃 Halloween Safe House

WHAT: Haunted house designed and run by Auburn High School students, with free concessions and candy. 

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Booker T. Washington Community Center, 23 Chapman Ave., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 253-3207

🎃 Halloween party

WHAT: Party with spooky jazz by Bob Piorun and The Kats, drink and food specials and more.

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Next Chapter Brewpub, Genesee Center, 100 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: No cover

INFO: Visit

🎃 aaduna Halloween Gala 2019

WHAT: Harlem Renaissance, carnivals, jumbee, witches, spirits, art, live music, wine, beer, soft drinks, snacks, refreshments and words from poets, writers and lyricists.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Cayuga Museum of History & Art, 203 Genesee St., Auburn

COST: Admission $25 in advance, $30 at the door; costumes requested but not required

INFO: Visit or send payment to aaduna, 144 Genesee St., Suite 102-259, Auburn, NY 13021

🎃 Halloween party

WHAT: Party with music by The Beta Males.

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

WHERE: Moondog's Lounge, 24 State St., Auburn

COST: No cover

INFO: Call (315) 253-3339 or visit

🎃 "Spooky Science Colloquium"

WHAT: Science-themed costume contest and spooky science presentations by Wells College faculty.

WHEN: 12:25 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1

WHERE: Room 209, Stratton Hall, Wells College, 170 Main St., Aurora

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Visit

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.


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