Niagara Gazette

October 24, 2013

Monster Mash Breakfast kicks off weekend of Halloween events around town

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

A new Halloween tradition in the city, Old Falls Street’s Monster Mash Breakfast, is back for its fourth year downtown. The Halloween-themed event for costumed children aged 12 and under will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. The breakfast, sponsored by the Culinary Institute Niagara Falls, will be held outside on Old Falls Street’s Middle Block under heated tents with activities held inside inside the Culinary Institute, on the same block.

This year’s activities include:

• A “Boo-tacular” breakfast buffet

• Costume contest

• Halloween-themed music provided by D&B Karaoke and DJ

• Age-appropriate haunted house

• Halloween arts and crafts

• Halloween-themed games

• Bounce house

• A visit by Walter C. Falls, the Old Falls Street, USA mascot

• Prizes and much more

Tickets are $6 for children aged 12 and under, $9 for adults, and $8 for seniors aged 65 and over. Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting the main office at The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls (located inside the entrance off Third Street)


Aquarium event set for Saturday night

The Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., is hosting its Halloween event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday night.

You might see a bat, a witch’s hat or big black cat arching its back, or even better, a shark with sharp teeth, an octopus with eight tentacles or maybe a starfish with five arms. Any child dressed as one of these sea creatures or any other marine animal will be admitted free. Adults and all other children will get a discounted admission of $5.

Youngsters, who “trick-or-treat” at the aquarium, will find lots to do and see. Each child will receive a small “treat bag” full of surprises. While enjoying the Halloween fun at the aquarium, they will also create a craft to take home.

There will be more surprises with special sea lion shows featuring the marine mammal staff and the aquarium’s always entertaining sea lions.  

A scavenger hunt, with small plastic pumpkins hidden in various exhibits, also will be a part of the Halloween event. 

For more information about this and other events at the aquarium, call 285-3575, ext. 206, or check out the website


Big acts at Rapids' Halloween party

Toronto-based band USS, along with TimeGiant and the Whiskey Reverb, will be on hand for Saturday's Halloween party at the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St.

Advance tickets are $10 or $20 on Saturday. The event includes a huge costume contest with the first place winner earning a weekend trip for two to Toronto and dinner with the members of USS. Cash prizes will be available for second and third place finishers. There will be giveaways all night as well.


NYPA's 'Spooktacular' on Saturday

The New York Power Authority will hold its annual “Halloween Spooktacular” on 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its admission-free Power Vista, the Visitors Center for the Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston.

Children up to age 16 will be able participate in a costume contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. plus enjoy games provided by the Niagara Police Athletic League, crafts from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Interpretive Center, visits to the haunted house by the Lockport YMCA’s Teen Leaders Group and free hayrides around the Power Vista traffic circle.

In addition, NYS Parks will also provide free rides on its Niagara Scenic Trolley between the Gorge Discovery Center and the Power Vista during the event.

Masons from the New York Masonic Safety ID Program will be on hand to provide parents, guardians, college students and seniors with free Safety ID packets. Visitors who sign up will receive a compact disc, personalized with their digital photograph, fingerprints and other vital statistics that can prove to be an invaluable aid to law enforcement in the search for a missing loved one.

Parking and admission at the Power Vista is always free. For more information, call 286-6661 or email


Niagara River Anglers host hayrides

The Niagara River Anglers will host haunted hayrides at 7 p.m. Friday for $5 and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday for free at 1134 Balmer Road, Youngstown, with a costume contest for children 9 to 15 years old. Concession items will be available for purchase at $1.

For more information, call 531-3430.


NU hosting Halloween-themed literacy event for kids

Niagara University's College of Education is inviting the community to participate in its annual "Trick r' Treat Monster Reader" program on Saturday.

The event will link literacy skills to various Halloween activities such as a spooky story writing center, a Halloween read aloud, arts and crafts stations, and interactive smart board games.

Children will also make their way through a spooky maze in which they must dodge Halloween objects, such as pumpkins, skeletons, monsters, ghosts and witches.

Activities are designed for children ages 4 to 12. Refreshments will be served.

The event is presented by the Institute of Applied Learning, the professional development arm of Niagara's College of Education.

To RSVP, please call 286-8309 or email


Cambria fire company hosting Halloween party

From 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting a free Halloween party at the fire hall, 4631 Cambria Wilson Road.

The event will feature treats and events.