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The Citizen's 2021 Halloween guide: Murder mysteries, movies and more

Old-Fashioned Halloween

Isabella Mantella, left, and Lauren Whitten hang out at the Old-Fashioned Halloween event at the Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center in Owasco in 2017.

The COVID-19 pandemic scared away most Halloween events in the Cayuga County area last year. But this year, they're back.

Here are all the costume parties, trick-or-treats and more we know are taking place in the area through Oct. 31: 

This guide will be updated throughout the month, so if you have an event to add, please send it to us! Use the form at, or if you're having trouble with the form, send the information to All listings are free.

🎃 Halloween Witch Hunt

WHAT: Hunt for 50 witch hats hidden throughout the museum using clues provided, record on entry form and submit it to be eligible for prize drawings. Prizes for everyone 12 and younger who turns in form.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 1 through Oct. 31

WHERE: Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, 6880 E. Lake Road, Owasco

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 252-7644

🎃 'Timewarp: A Macabre Museum Murder Mystery'

WHAT: A mystery set in 1921 about an eccentric inventor who has accidentally ripped a hole in the space-time continuum, resulting in each room in his home existing in a different decade of the 20th century. Guests are invited to a party at his home, only to discover he is dead. They are then tasked with solving his murder, who is one of the guests. Includes hors d'oeuvres and two complimentary drinks. Coming in costume encouraged.

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30

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

COST: Tickets $75 per person, $70 if group includes a museum members; limit 10 players each night. Reservations and proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test required.

INFO: Call (315) 253-8051 or visit

🎃 Finger Lakes Grindhouse presents 'Till Death Do Us Part'

WHAT: Premiere of a zombie love story filmed in Auburn.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15

WHERE: Finger Lakes Drive-In, 1064 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

COST: Tickets $10

INFO: For more information, or to watch a trailer, visit

🎃 Voorhees Films presents '13 Fanboy'

WHAT: New York state premiere of new horror thriller about a fan who hunts real-life actresses from the "Friday the 13th" franchise.

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22

WHERE: Track Cinema, Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

COST: Tickets $8 adults, $7 students with ID, $6 seniors and children 12 and younger

INFO: Visit or

🎃 Old-Fashioned Halloween

WHAT: Halloween celebration with trick-or-treating from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m.; costume parades with prizes at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; pumpkin carving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and horse, wagon, Model T and tractor-pulled wagon rides, refreshments, music, tours of the museum and more. 

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Ward W. O'Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center, 6880 E. Lake Road, Owasco

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 252-7644

🎃 Home Run Halloween

WHAT: Halloween celebration hosted by the Auburn Doubledays and the city of Auburn Parks & Recreation Department. Featuring free cider and doughnuts for children, free bags and trick-or-treating around the field, prizes awarded by Abner for best baseball-themed costume, Jeff the Magic Man, a Doubledays photo booth, hot dogs, soda, water and popcorn for sale, and a screening of "Hocus Pocus" at 6:30 p.m. on the park's big screen.

WHEN: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Falcon Park, 130 N. Division St., Auburn

COST: Admission free and open to the public; pillows and blankets recommended for those staying to watch the movie

INFO: Visit

🎃 Haunted History Tours of Auburn

WHAT: Costumed guides lead tours around the museum and streets of Auburn with stories of Victorian funeral practices, spectral encounters from Seward family lore, true crime, local folklore and more, with new stories for 2021.

WHEN: 6 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. nightly Monday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 30

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

COST: Admission $15 adults, $10 children 12 and younger; reservations required

INFO: Call (315) 252-1283 or visit

🎃 Trunk-or-Treat

WHAT: Family-friendly Halloween event with candy, juice and apples, safety items and tips, and more. Fall decor (pumpkins, straw bales, etc.), apples and doughnuts, safety items and cash donations from local businesses welcome.

WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29

WHERE: Summit Pediatrics, 13 N. Fulton St., Auburn

COST: Free and open to the public

INFO: Call (315) 253-8477 ext. 3457 or email

🎃 Halloween Bash with music by Major Keys

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29

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

COST: No cover

INFO: Visit

🎃 Trunk or Treat

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29

WHERE: Auburn United Methodist Church, 99 South St., Auburn

INFO: Visit

🎃 Halloween party

WHAT: Party with music by Into This Living Hell (Hatebreed tribute) and Daditude (Misfits tribute). Costumes encouraged.

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29

WHERE: Harley's Pub, 149 State St., Auburn

INFO: Call (315) 253-9856

🎃 Halloween celebration

WHAT: With costume party, psychic readings from 2 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m., and live music by Dana Twigg from 6 to 8 p.m.

WHEN: All day Saturday, Oct. 30

WHERE: Summerhill Brewing, 14408 Route 90, Summerhill

COST: No cover

INFO: Visit

🎃 Trunk-or-Treat

WHAT: Children's Halloween event hosted by Friends Helping Friends of Cayuga County. With local food trucks, photo area, bake sale and more.

WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

WHERE: Fingerlakes Mall side parking lot, 1579 Clark St. Road, Aurelius

COST: Donation $1 or a nonperishable food item per child requested

INFO: Visit or

🎃 Halloween music show with Bob Piorun, Robin Munn, Julie Howard and Susan Palmer Schell

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30

WHERE: Osteria Salina, 16 State St., Auburn

COST: No cover

INFO: Call (315) 258-9070

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


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