BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Across western New York, children will be out and about, Trick-or-Treating in great number, and police are responding to ensure children will be safe.
In Erie County, Sheriff Tim Howard released some advice for parents, including a set of guidelines to help plan a safe Halloween. He advised parents to accompany their children while out, only go out during daylight hours and to inspect all candy before eating any of it.
Howard also recommended to parents that they check out the online New York Sex Offender Registry at the following website, advising parents to make sure their route does not include the homes of any former sex offenders.
For Trick-or-Treaters, Howard recommended traveling in pairs, always walking on the sidewalk, planning and sticking to the parent-approved route that avoids sex offender homes, carry a phone and flashlight and be respectful of people’s homes.
But the warning also extends to those who will simply stay at home or travel on Halloween. Howard said anybody who plans to stay home should ensure all lights are on and any jack-o-lanterns or other burning things are kept out of the reach of children and away from flammable materials.
New York State Police say they’ll be conducting a “Pumpkin Patrol” with the goal of preventing Halloween pranks and protecting motorists. Troopers announced that on Friday and Saturday nights, they’ll work with citizen groups and volunteers across 20 counties, including those in western New York, to watch out for any unusual activity, including throwing pumpkins from overpasses.
Police across the area say they’ll be aware and on patrol both to protect Trick-or-Treaters, but also to stop potential vandalism and crime.
Trick-or-Treating events have not yet died down, here’s a list of events that will run over Halloween weekend:
- “Mall-O-Ween” will be happening at the Eastern Hills Mall on Thursday, October 29th from 5 until 7 p.m.
- Screening Room Cinema and Cafe will host a “Halloween Double Feature” on October 31st at 8 p.m.
- Free trick or treating will take place at McKinley Mall on Saturday, October 31st 6 until 8 p.m.
- “Slime Time” will happen at LoveJoy Church on Saturday, October 31st from 6 until 8 p.m.
- “All Hallow’s Eve” will take place at the Buffalo History Museum on Saturday, October 31st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- “Halloween at the Market!” will happen at the stage area of the the Broadway Market on Saturday, October 31st 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- 464 Gallery will host a Halloween party and exhibition called, “Monster 5.0” on October 30th from 6 until 11 p.m.
- A “Haunted Library Tour” will take place at the Central Library at Lafayette Square on October 29th & 31st. Call 858-8050 for more information.
- Waiting Room will host a “Freaky Friday Costume Party” on October 30th from 6 until 10 p.m.
- “Psycho” will play on the Kleinhans Music Hall big screen with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing the original soundtrack live on October 31st at 8 p.m.
- The Buffalo History Museum will host “All Hollow’s Eve” on October 31st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- “Nature A’Brewing” will take place at the Tifft Nature Preserve on October 29th at 5:30 p.m.
- The Annual Parkside Community Association’s Children’s Halloween Party will take place at the Church of the Good Shepard on October 31st from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
- “Galleria of Treats” at the the Walden Galleria Mall on Thursday, October 29th from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the lower level near Forever 21.
- A Halloween parade will take place in Kenmore at the corner of Delaware Road and Wardman Avenue on Saturday, October 31st at 6 p.m.
- Trick or treating will take place on Delaware Ave. on Saturday, October 31st from 1 until 2 p.m.
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- Trick or treating will happen in the Lancaster Library on Saturday, October 31st from 1 until 2 p.m.
- The Lockport Palace Theater will host “Palace of Terror” from October 25-30.
- Niagara Falls and Town of Niagara will host trick or treating on Saturday, October 31st from 4 until 7 p.m.
- The annual screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” will take place at the Riviera Theatre on October 30th at 10 p.m.
- “The Orchard Park Halloween Party” will take place at Yates Park on Saturday, October 31st from 5 until 9 p.m.
- A “Pediatric Dentist Candy Buy Back” will happen at Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry on Monday, November 2nd from 4 until 8 p.m.