10 Spooktacular Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Rochester, NY
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 11:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff
October 13 & 14 | October 20 & 21 | October 27 & 28 | Seneca Park Zoo
ZooBoo, an annual event hosted by the Seneca Park Zoo Society, is held on three weekends in October and offers fun activities that everyone can enjoy! Don your best costumes and celebrate the season, all while enjoying the Zoo, including the new Animals of the Savanna expansion, featuring Masai giraffes. A portion of every ticket goes to orangutan conservation.
October 20 | New York Museum of Transportation
Join us on a trip to the Halloween Patch, here you will get a chance to enjoy apple cider and donuts and choose a pumpkin from the patch and decorate it to take home. Come to the museum in your costume for trick or treating in the exhibition hall (we will provide the kids with a tote) with live music and our Spooky Halloween walk in the model train room. This is an event for all ages that is not scary.
3. Accessible Trick Or Treat
October 25 | Center for Disability Rights (CDR)
The Center for Disability Rights (CDR) will host their FREE annual "Accessible Trick-or-Treat" Halloween event. For many children with physical or sensory disabilities, going door-to-door to trick-or-treat may be a challenge, if it is an option at all. CDR converts its office space into a fun, safe and fully accessible "neighborhood." In this environment, children with and without disabilities can come together and enjoy the best part of Halloween.
4. Trick or Treating in the Village
October 26-27 | Genesee Country Village & Museum
Put on your Halloween costume and collect treats from the townspeople in the family-friendly atmosphere of the Historic Village on a colorful autumn afternoon. Approximately 12 houses will welcome trick-or-treaters with a variety of treats and goodies, some of which will be allergy-free. Other activities include: warming yourself by the campfire, listening to spooky stories, visiting the farm animals, jumping in a bounce house and more.
5. Halloween Hocus Pocus
October 27-28 | The Strong Museum
Creep into the museum for bewitching activities! Join local magician Bill Gormont as he takes on the role of a mad scientist in a special Halloween magic show on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Help a mummy with its wrappings, Celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with special monster-themed story readings, check out what's in the witch's brew, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.
October 29 | Wickham Farms
Celebrate Halloween at Wickham Farms with this event! Enjoy trick-or-treating at stations around the farm, a costume parade, and our Giant Carved Pumpkin Drop. We will use one of our tractors to pick up and drop our Giant Carved Pumpkin. Come watch it smash! Event occurs the last October weekend before Halloween.
7. Trick or Treat at the Farm
October 28 | Stokoe Farms
Enjoy safe trick or treating at Stokoe Farms. Wear a costume and get into the farm for half off! Customer contest at 1 pm in the Fun Barn, with prizes for farm favorite.
October 28 | Rochester Public Market
The City of Rochester Public Market is pleased to offer its third annual "Halloween Eve" opportunity for children and families to test out their costumes, get an extra trick or treating opportunity, AND connect with dozens of community organizations and agencies that exist to improve your quality of life.
9. Toddler Trick-or-Treat
October 31 | The Strong Museum
Bring the littlest trick-or-treaters to enjoy Halloween activities and prizes! The littlest ghosts and goblins will enjoy spirited Halloween activities and collect prizes. Come in costume and trick-or-treat for goodies—including crayons, gold coins, and temporary tattoos—with characters such as a chef and construction worker. Visit the Halloween Art Station and craft a witch, ghost, or creepy car. Play a game of Feed the monster, take a picture in the pumpkin patch, and more. Included with general museum admission fees.
October 13-14 | October 20 | October 27 | Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Enjoy a mile-and-a-half train ride through our rural museum grounds, located in the scenic heart of the Genesee Valley! Ride aboard authentically restored freight train cabooses to the Pumpkin Patch! Every child will visit our Pumpkin Patch to choose a small baby pumpkin to take home to decorate. Complimentary apple cider and cookies for everyone. Fresh, hot, Duke's Donuts will also be available for purchase! Enjoy our friendly petting zoo after your ride!