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October 25, 2013

Don't get spooked -- parties and events abound this Halloween

The Daily Star

---- — It’s not Oct. 31 yet, but local Halloween activities are already getting started. Here is a look ahead at all the spooky, fun and festive events coming up: 


PARTY: The Oneonta Moose Lodge will host a children’s Halloween party from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The event will include games, a costume contest and refreshments.

DANCE: The Arc Otsego will present a “Halloween Hop” dance from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta. Admission will be $2, and music will be provided by DJ Tom King. For information, call 432-8595.

HARVEST FEST: Hartwick College will host its annual community Halloween Harvest Fest from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Golisano Hall on campus. The event will include activities, games, refreshments, a costume contest and guided trick-or-treating in college residence halls. For information, call 431-4853 or email

PARTY: The Oneonta Boys and Girls Club will host its family Halloween party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The party will include a costume contest with prizes, as well as activities and refreshments. For information, call 432-1133.

CARNIVAL: SUNY Oneonta’s Order of Omega will host a Halloween carnival for children from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The event will include face painting, pumpkin bowling, arts and crafts, and a costume contest in the Hunt College Union on campus. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children, to benefit Opportunities for Otsego. From 6 to 8 p.m., the college will offer guided trick-or-treating in college residence halls. For information, call the SUNY Oneonta Office of Residential Community Life at 436-2514.

TRICK-OR-TREATING, PARADE: Main Street Oneonta will present trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Participating businesses will be marked with an orange Halloween poster in the front window. The Halloween parade will follow at 7 p.m. For information, call MSO at 432-8871, ext. 208.


The Echo Lake Campground will host “Echoween,” a costume party, at 5 p.m. Saturday for ages 18 and older. The party will feature an open mike from 6 to 9 p.m., with music and karaoke from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The campground is at 185 Echo Lake Lane.


A Halloween party for preschoolers will be offered at The Farmers’ Museum from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Empire State Carousel. The party will include refreshments, pumpkin decorating (bring your own pumpkin) and rides on the carousel. Standard museum admission will be charged. For more information, visit


The 1892 Earlville Opera House will host the Haunted Opera House on Saturday at 18 E. Main St. in Earlville. The haunting will run from 7 to 9 p.m., and admission will be free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The theme will be “The Vampires’ charming home.” According to a media release from EOH, the event may not be suitable for young children. For more information, visit or call (315) 691-3550.


The Butternut Valley Grange will host its annual Halloween party at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Grange Hall at 7 Bloom St. The event will include a costume contest for all ages, with prizes; refreshments, and magic and entertainment. The event is open to Grange members and Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District residents.


Grand Gorge Community Action Group will have its annual Halloween Party from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Gorge Civic Center. There will be costume contests and prizes, hayrides, crafts, doughnuts, treats, face painting and more.


The Meridale Fire Department will host a Halloween party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the firehouse at the corner of state Highway 28 and county Route 10 in Meridale. There will be refreshments available, games and costume contest for all ages. For more information, call Jessica Rall at 437-2583.


The Morris VFW Post 1417 will host a children’s Halloween party from noon to 4 p.m., followed by a party for adults at 6 p.m., on Saturday. Both are open to the public.


The New York Power Authority will host Halloween events this weekend at its Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center.

Saturday will feature a Halloween parade, costume contest and haunted hay ride from noon to 2 p.m.

On Sunday, there will be “haunted history” tours of the historic Lansing Manor at 3 and 5 p.m. Reservations are required for Sunday’s tours; call (800) 724-0309.


The Sidney Memorial Public Library will host a Halloween pirate party for children at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The event is geared toward children ages 2 to 7. The library is at 8 River St. in Sidney.


The Roxbury Arts Group and the Stamford Fire Department will host a haunted house in the Carriage House Theater at 76 MAIN! at 76 Main St. in Stamford, and a Halloween contest and party at the firehouse on Thursday.

The haunted house will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and younger, to benefit RAG and the fire department. The costume contest and party will begin at 6 p.m. 

For tickets and more information, call the Roxbury Arts Group at 326-7908 or visit


The annual Unadilla Halloween parade will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of the Unadilla Elementary School. Prizes will be given to all participants, and awards will be given for first-, second- and third-place costumes. Refreshments will be served.