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October 20, 2012

Halloween events to kick off this weekend

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — Halloween events are under way this weekend throughout the region, continuing until Oct. 31. Here is a schedule of events: 

Kidney Walk

Sunday’s annual Oneonta Walk for Kidneys at the State University College at Oneonta will feature a Halloween theme, with games, prizes, children’s activities and entertainment. 

The annual benefit, which raises money for the Northeast Kidney Foundation, will begin at 11 a.m. There is a minimum donation of $5 per walker.

The event is hosted by SUNY Oneonta’s Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and the Center for Social Responsibility and Community. 

Halloween safety

The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will host Safe Kids of Otsego County from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to present information about Halloween safety. Reflective zipper pulls and stickers will be provided, and safety tips will be discussed. For information, call (800) 505-6455 or visit

Pumpkin Glow

Main Street Oneonta will present its inaugural “Light up the Harvest Festival” at Muller Plaza on Saturday. From 2 to 6:15 p.m., there will be children’s games, seasonal stories and entertainment. Prizes and treats will be available. Local dancers will perform just before the lighting of the pumpkins. Participants may bring a carved pumpkin from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Pumpkins will be lit at 6:30 p.m. 

Another Pumpkin Glow is scheduled for Oct. 28 in Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Art Association is asking participants to bring carved or decorated pumpkins to the association’s porch before 6 p.m. Oct. 28. A candle is needed to light the pumpkin.

The glow will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted. The Cooperstown Art Association in the village library building. For more information, call 547-9777 or visit

Haunted house

The Earlville Opera House will host a haunted house from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27, featuring live animals hosted by Talons Birds of Prey. Admission is free, with donations accepted. For information, visit or call (315) 691-3550. Organizers said the event may not be appropriate for young children. 

Haunted train rides

The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will host its Haunted Halloween rides Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27. The train will board at the Milford Depot and leave at 6:30 p.m. The trip lasts for about 2½ hours, and reservations are required. The cost is $17 for adults, $16 for seniors, $14 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for anyone 3 and younger. For more information, call 432-2429.

Ghost tours

The Farmers’ Museum will host hour-long tours every half hour, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; Friday, Oct. 26; and Saturday, Oct. 27. 

Museum interpreters will lead tours around the grounds and tell stories from Louis C. Jones’ collection of regional folk tales, “Things That Go Bump in the Night.” Reservations are required and can be made by calling 547-1452. Admission is $10 per person, ages 3 and older.

Ghoulish Gathering

Also this weekend, the Friends of Glimmerglass State Park will host its Ghoulish Gathering from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the park on Otsego Lake. 

Festivities will include a scavenger hunt for the children. Children can hear stories and songs before going on a scavenger hunt. There is no fee to participate in the scavenger hunt, but there will be a charge for some activities. Refreshments will be available to purchase. For more information, visit 

Halloween parties

Hartwick College will host its annual community Halloween party, featuring refreshments, games and a costume contest, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in Stack Lounge of Dewar Union on the college’s campus. The event is free and open to the public. Guided trick-or-treating will follow from 2:30 to 4 p.m. There will be a haunted house in Saxton Hall and much more for children and families. Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus in West Davenport will also hold a Haunted House event Oct. 26 and 27 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Butternut Valley Grange will host its annual Halloween party and costume contest at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Refreshments will be provided, and donations for the local food bank will be collected. 

SUNY Oneonta will host Halloween activities and trick-or-treating Oct. 30. From 5 to 6 p.m., the Order of Omega honor society will host a Halloween carnival featuring face painting, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting and other activities for kids in the Hunt College Union.

Beginning at 6 p.m., student volunteers will guide trick-or-treaters and the adults who accompany them to the residence halls. Students will meet trick-or-treaters at two locations: the Hunt College Union and the Little Theatre in Alumni Hall. Trick-or-treating will conclude at 8 p.m.

Visitors to campus are advised to park in the lots adjacent to the Hunt College Union, Alumni Field House or Tobey Hall.

The Roxbury Arts Group and Stamford Fire Department will host a Halloween party and costume contest at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the fire station on Main Street in Stamford. Refreshments will be served, and donations accepted. 

Halloween parades

The Oneonta Halloween parade, hosted by the Oneonta Lions Club, will be Oct. 31. The parade will begin at 7 p.m., traveling down Main Street from Elm Street to the parking garage for a reception with refreshments. The parade marshal will be Sen. James Seward, R-Milford. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. For more information or to participate, call Nicole Camarata at 434-2458. 

Unadilla will host its annual Halloween parade at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Unadilla Elementary School gymnasium. Prizes will be given for best costumes, and refreshments will be provided.