Alien signs return in East Aurora

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Mysterious UFO signs that News 4 reported on last month have reappeared in East Aurora. No one News 4 spoke with knows the origins of the strange signs depicting a cow and an alien spacecraft. Within a few days of the first News 4 report, the signs vanished; but now they have returned.

When the sign disappeared some residents thought they may never find out who was behind the prank. The reappearance of a new sign this week is leaving some to believe whomever is responsible still wants attention.

RELATED | When News 4 first reported the signs popping up, the mayor of East Aurora said he had his suspicions on who is responsible

The reappearance of the signs is bringing out more curiosity in the community. “I think it’s strange, I think it’s kooky, and – I don’t know – it makes me a little nervous,” said Jeannette Dangelo, an East Aurora resident.

Mason Winfield, founder of Haunted History Ghost Walks didn’t seem surprised this is happening in East Aurora. “East Aurora is really a very bohemian little community and there’s a lot of imagination, a lot of spirit, and a lot of fun around there,” he explained, “I think they kind of like monkeying with us a little bit, messing with our minds. To me it looks more like a prank thing, than a paranormal thing,” said Winfield.

Winfield specializes in the supernatural, mainly ghosts. He believes there have been about a dozen UFO sightings in the town.

“People will be driving, they will be on a certain road, they’ll see a funny light in the sky,” he said.

RELATED | After the signs vanished, some theorized they were meant to announce the coming of a pizza shop with an alien spin

If the signs aren’t related to actual UFO sightings residents still want to know who’s behind them. Some have suggested it’s a marketing campaign or possibly bored teenagers.

Brooke Platzer, who lives in the area, is skeptical that teens are responsible. “They’re pretty legit signs and somebody’s screwing them in there and I’m not sure little teenagers are going to know how to do that,” she said.

Most people News 4 spoke with are finding the humor in this summertime mystery.

“All of us when we are children really the love the imagination, we really love the speculation, we can be frustrated with the limits of material reality, sometimes it’s a little boring for us and we kind of like the idea that there’s a little more out there,” Winfield said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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