Calling all ghosts, mummies, Draculas and Disney princesses -- get your candy bags ready! Trick-or-treating is just around the corner, literally. Local towns and villages have announced their respective Halloween trick-or-treat hours, along with a host of parties and parades, ensuring all little monsters can gather as much of their favorite treats in one evening as possible.
The following have announced trick-or-treat hours in their respective communities:
•Town of Grand Island - Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
•Town of Wheatfield - Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.
•Town of Lewiston - Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.
•Town of Newfane - Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.
•Town of Niagara - Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.
•Town of Porter - Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
•Town of Wilson - Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m.
•Village of Lewiston - Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m.
•Village of Youngstown - Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Other Halloween happenings include:
•On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Village of Youngstown Recreation Department will host its annual Halloween parade and party. Registration for the parade is at 12:30 p.m. The parade will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Immediately following the parade, the Red Brick School Village Center, 240 Lockport St., will feature ghoulish games, freaky fun and frightening food for everyone.
•In the Village of Lewiston, ghosts, goblins and their families are invited to stop by the community Halloween party sponsored by the retailers. The bash will be held in the gym at Red Brick Municipal Building, 145 N. Fourth St. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. The party is free and features activities such as carnival games, bounce-n-around and food.
•The Ransomville Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a Halloween party for children. For further information, call 791-4411.
•Wheatfield's annual Halloween party, with costume judging, games, hayrides and treats, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Wheatfield Community Center.
•Following its trick-or-treat hours, the Town of Wilson will hold a Halloween party and parade at the Wilson Volunteer Fire Co. firehall, 250 Young St. Prizes will be given out to select costume contest winners, and cider and donuts will be provided.
Parents, remember that while Halloween is a fun-filled, sugar rush of a holiday for the little ones, their safety is first and foremost. Monitor your children as they visit area residences, and check their treats.