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Friday, November 1, 2013 at 12:16 am

Photos: A full night of treats in Batavia

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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.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm

At Oliver's today, Umpa Lumpas and Lucy

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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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:47 pm

It's no trick -- more places to get treats in Batavia

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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!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

City firefighters remind everyone to be safe on Halloween

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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.

Friday, September 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Owl Treat Bag

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 www.batavialibrary.org or by calling 585-343-9550 ext. 8.

Event Date and Time

October 23, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:29 am

Photos: Halloween in Batavia, 2012

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Halloween, photos

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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Photo: Ghost, zombies and aliens take over home on Church Street, Elba

post 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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

Photo: Frankenstein visits the YMCA

post 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.

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:07 pm

GC Historians present Ghost Walk tour Friday, Oct. 12 and 19

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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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Kids' Halloween Party at Richmond library -- wear your costumes!

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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 www.batavialibrary.org or call 343-9550, ext. 4.

Event Date and Time

October 29, 2012 - 6:30pm - October 30, 2012 - 7:30pm
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