Published October 12, 2021
Halloween 2021 is on the way, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, says children should be able to trick-or-treat if handled safely — outdoors and with limited crowds. Even so, many parents and families will seek alternate ways to celebrate. With the COVID-19 pandemic still part of our lives, staying healthy is on everyone’s minds.
The good news for Western New Yorkers is that there are a wide variety of safe Halloween activities available. Here are some to consider.
7 p.m. on Oct. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
1660 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca
One-hour guided tour and bonfire (weather-permitting) to benefit the SPCA Serving Erie County. Presale tickets are $5; call 716-826-4133 to reserve a space.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 16-17, 23-24
300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo
Activities include a trick-or-treat trail (open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a corn maze, and a costume parade. Tickets are $12 for Zoo members, $29.95 for adult non-members, and $25.95 for child non-members.
2-9 p.m. on Oct. 22-23
3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst
An outdoor trick-or-treat event through the historic village; $10 per child, $8 per adult.
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Oct. 24-25, 27, 29-30
130 Main St., Buffalo
Children are invited to dress up for a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. Museum tickets are $11 for ages 1 and up.
Oct. 25-30; check buffalolib.org for times
Buffalo and Erie County Central Library, 1 Lafayette Sq., Buffalo
Pick up a bag of goodies from the library’s Kids’ Space and then go on a scavenger hunt around the library for a chance to win prizes.
4-7 p.m. on Oct. 28
429 Plymouth Ave., Buffalo
A drive-through Halloween event with music and treats.
5-8 p.m. on Oct. 30
60 Broad St., Tonawanda
An all-vegan Halloween bash featuring costume contest and kids activities. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for kids, and free for ages 5 and under.
9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Oct. 31
4531 Main St., Snyder
Children are invited to wear costumes and enjoy candy, cider, and donuts, all while learning about fire safety and prevention.