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November 22, 2014 - 7:23pm
posted by Billie Owens in ARC, south byron, Halloween, Adults with Disabilities.

Photo and write-up sent by Pat Iamon on Nov. 21:

On Oct. 16th at the South Byron Fire Hall, 85 plus attendees came together to celebrate Halloween at Genesee County’s Adults with Developmental Disabilities Dance. There were witches, pirates, policemen, clowns, cowboys and Hippies. All had to pass by our life-sized “Uncle Charlie” who at the slightest movement gladly removed his head as his eyes moved from side to side.

Attendees entered ghostly bat-ridden, spider-webbed South Byron Fire Hall on a mild October evening. Uncle Joe snapped photos as DJ Tom queued up some of the group’s favorite tunes. As usual, folks mingled on the dance floor in between enjoying some delicious Timbits from Tim Horton’s and apple cider. September and October birthdays were recognized prior to our customary circle dances, the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Pokey.

The next dance is the much-anticipated Christmas Dance. We are expecting a visit from Santa and he usually comes bearing gifts. The dance will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the South Byron Fire Hall on Route 237 once again.

Special thanks to the South Byron Fire Department for extending us the use of the hall for these first two dances while the Byron Fire Hall is undergoing some renovations. The last dance of the season on May 14th will be the Patriotic Dance and it will be held at the Byron Fire Hall.

The dances are sponsored by Byron Ladies Auxiliary, and are open to all folks with developmental disabilities ages 13 and up living in Genesee County; family and caregivers are also welcome. Adequate supervision is required. Anyone wanting to volunteer or who needs more information may call Pat Iamon at 245-2918 or Laura Platt at 548-2245. If dances need to be cancelled due to weather, please listen to WBTA.

October 30, 2014 - 4:04pm
posted by Kimberly Perl in entertainment, elba, Halloween, St. Padre Pio.
Event Date and Time: 
October 31, 2014 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday, October 31st from 7pm-9pm; St. Padre Pio on Main Street (Rte 98) in Elba, immediately before the school on the left, is holding a Haunted Rectory. Oriented more toward older chldren and teens - be prepared to be scared! Trick or treats for little ones. Movies, popcorn and drinks while you wait to go through. Donations gratefully accepted of cash or canned goods, but not required. 

October 27, 2014 - 2:48pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Halloween.

The City of Batavia will observe Halloween activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31st only. Police Chief Shawn Heubusch reminds trick-or-treaters to use caution when crossing any street; always use a clearly marked crosswalk; and look both ways before entering the crosswalk. Younger trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

October 26, 2014 - 4:10pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, halloween parade.

Several dozen children in costumes turned out in blustery weather for the 22nd Halloween Parade in Batavia this afternoon.

The event was sponsored by The Batavia Area Jaycees, Batavia's Original, Oliver's Candies, Batavia Youth Bureau and Vibrant Batavia.

October 24, 2014 - 3:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, events, Halloween.
Event Date and Time: 
October 26, 2014 -
12:45pm to 2:00pm

The 22nd Annual Halloween Parade will take place this Sunday, Oct. 26. Line will form starting at 12:45 p.m. on the west side of Genesee Country Mall/City Centre near Dan's Tires.

Small children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Wagons or sleds strongly recommended.

Parade begins at 1 o'clock. There is no rain date. Listen to WBTA for cancellations by 11:30 a.m.

The first 100 children 10 and under in costume only will receive a special free gift compliments of Oliver's Candies.

October 11, 2014 - 1:53pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, Halloween.
Event Date and Time: 
October 18, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:25pm

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18th, the Batavia Cemetery Association will host a candlelight guided ghost walk through the Historic Batavia Cemetery on Harvester Avenue in Batavia. The tours will feature the famous and infamous movers and shakers who shaped and influenced the City of Batavia.

The guided tour will bring guests to meet men and women of Batavia who, for various reasons, held great power and exerted great influence in their day, were victims of tragic events, or both.

November 1, 2013 - 12:16am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween.

After a brief bit of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful evening for trick-or-treating in Batavia. Of course, the biggest crowds of ghouls and goblins and superheros and princesses could be found on Ellicott Avenue, but there are a couple of shots here from Trumbull Parkway, Otis Street and Osterhout.

To purchase prints of photos, click here.

October 31, 2013 - 4:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, Oliver's Candies.

If you drove past Oliver's this afternoon, you might have spotted a couple of Umpa Lumpas dancing around out front. By the time I got there, there was only one Umpa Lumpa left on shfit, but several Oliver's employees dressed up for Halloween. Above are Carey Hewitt as a dark angel, Jessica Henry as a bunny, Anna Liles as an Umpa Lumpa and Debbie Palmer as Lucy from her memorable shift in a chocolate factory.

October 31, 2013 - 2:47pm
posted by Bonnie Marrocco in batavia, Halloween, trick-or-treat.

The houses on Ellicott Avenue are decorated, the sidewalks are wide and the atmosphere is fun and focused on trick-or-treaters. It’s more like a street party and it’s known for its decorations and generous candy distribution. However, the crowds can be overwhelming.

While everyone’s there, why not treat those little ghosts and goblins to other neighborhoods throughout the community where residents are doling out just as much candy and tons of it goes uncollected?

Batavia has plenty of places that offer families a Halloween treat in their hunt for the ever-elusive full-size candy bar. Here are a few streets to try:

  • North Side -- Hart, Douglas, Fairmont, Tracy
  • South Side -- Jackson, Osterhout, Otis, Williams
  • East Side -- East, Vine, Elm, Woodcrest
  • West Side -- Montclair, Kingsbury, Vernon, Union (I know someone on Montclair who is giving out full-size candy bars.).

There are many good places in the city to visit this Halloween and they’re all good bets. Just look around you! These neighborhoods are filled with lots of friendly families and you won’t be disappointed.

Did we miss your favorite place to trick-or-treat in Batavia? Share the information in the comments below.

Hours to go door-to-door in the city are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Happy Halloween!

October 29, 2013 - 5:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween.

Press release:

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Greg Ireland, president of the Batavia Firefighters of IAFF Local 896.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the City of Batavia firefighters offer the following tips:

  • Use battery-operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.
  • Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
  • Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
  • Choose costumes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and see.
  • Pick brightly colored costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
  • Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local firefighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

The City of Batavia Firefighters from IAFF Local 896 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.

September 20, 2013 - 1:54pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Halloween, craft classes, sewing classes, fall decorations.
Event Date and Time: 
October 23, 2013 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents "Owl Treat Bag," a class for adults taught by Jen Reardon on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m.  Learn how to craft this felt bag that can be used for candy, decorations, and autumn decoration.  Registration is required and $5.00 is due at the time of registration.  More information is available at or by calling 585-343-9550 ext. 8.

November 1, 2012 - 10:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Halloween.

The ghouls and ghosts of all ages were out in force on Ellicott Avenue (and Lincoln Avenue) again this year.

Here's a few shots from the fright fest.

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here.

October 31, 2012 - 6:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, Halloween.

For about a dozen years, the Millen family has been giving fellow Elba residents quite a fright.

Each year -- and each year they tend to outdo themselves -- the family decorates the entire front lawn, side lawn, back lawn and garage with ghost, zombies and space aliens so that visiting trick-or-treaters (kiddies and oldies) get a good scare.

I stopped by their house at 32 Church St. late this afternoon as they were putting the finishing touches on the decorations, but before they were in custom. Posing for a photo are Sarah, Sandy and Bill.

One of 32 hand-carved pumpkins in the yard.

October 31, 2012 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, YMCA.

Photo and info submitted by Pam L. Reed, administrative assistant, YMCA.

Frankenstein (alias Bill Reed) with his daughter, Justine Reed, of Batavia, helped entertain members and guests at the YMCA's annual Halloween event. More than 350 children enjoyed crafts, games, face painting, a haunted house, and watching a movie with pizza.

A thank you to the BHS Zonta Club and ALL the many volunteers! Also a special thank you to area businesses who supported the event: Domino's Pizza, Mark's Pizzeria, Oliver's Candies, and Tompkins Insurance.

October 11, 2012 - 6:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Halloween, Ghost Walk.

The Genesee County Historians will present the 2012 Ghost Walk on Friday (Oct. 12) and again on Friday, Oct. 19.

Cost is $10 and tickets are available at the Engine House at 3 W. Main St. in the City of Batavia.

Tours are at 7:30 and 8 p.m.

For those unable to walk two hours, the length of the tour, a Power Point presentation is available for viewing.

For more information and/or to make reservations, call 344-2550, ext. 2613.

September 25, 2012 - 2:49pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, events, Halloween, richmond library.
Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2012 - 6:30pm to October 30, 2012 - 7:30pm

Come join us at the Richmond Memorial Library for a fun-filled Halloween Party at 6:30 p.m. on Monday Oct. 29 downstairs in the Children’s Room.

Story Teller Rick Merritt will be performing a special Halloween campfire program for children of all ages. Snacks and crafts will be provided. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes!

No registration is needed. For more information please visit our Web site at or call 343-9550, ext. 4.

October 27, 2011 - 9:07am
posted by Holly McAllister in pets, Halloween, Party.
Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2011 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Petco Halloween Pet Costume Party at the Batavia Petco in the Target Plaza, this Saturday, October 29 at 2 pm.  Arrive early.  Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. 

Bring your pet (dog, cat, bunny, ferret, bird) dressed in a fun or scary costume for a chance to win gift certificates, toys and treats.  Pet costumes will be judged on originality/creativity, attention to detail and how well they suit your pet's personality. 

No purchase necessary.  Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. 

October 23, 2011 - 8:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Halloween, Watson Avenue.

Thelma and Rick Hall are getting their annual Halloween Haunt on Watson Avenue ready for the trick-or-treaters they're hoping will visit them Oct. 31. The Halls are expanding the haunt again this year. It will wrap all around their house and feature new displays and more frights.

October 14, 2011 - 12:04pm
posted by Melissa Haacke in Basom, Oakfield, Alabama, Halloween, costume, trick or treat.
Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2011 -
12:45pm to 3:00pm


Sponsored by the Town of Oakfield, Oakfield Betterment Committee & Oakfield Lion’s Club



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October 6, 2011 - 6:11am
posted by Barbara Hendershott in music, Halloween, Beer, OCTOBER.
Event Date and Time: 
October 8, 2011 -
12:00pm to 11:00pm


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