15 Family Friendly Southern Tier Halloween Activities
There are two types of people in the world. Those who plan way in advance, and those who don't. My husband and I are way in advance planners. Jay and I found out in October of 2014 that we were having a little boy and almost instantly started looking for future Halloween costume ideas.
Separately, we both found a costume that we loved and shouldn't have been surprised when we realized we both picked the same one because we generally think exactly alike.
The costume idea Jay and I fell in love with was one that replicated the old man from Disney Pixar's "Up." John is finally old enough for us to dress in this costume and we're so excited that we keep having practice runs with John wearing a wig and glasses. We want to get him comfortable with both before we take him out for Halloween. All that we have left to do is to cut down the legs on the walker we found at a thrift shop and slap some tennis balls on the feet and we'll be good to go.
If you're as excited as we are to get out and enjoy some safe, Halloween fun, here are some ideas of things you can do with your littles in and around Binghamton.
When: Sunday, October 16th from 11am-4pm
Where: Trouts Pond Park, Newark Valley
What: Admission and parking free fun for the whole family with hayrides, vendors, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses and more.
When: Saturday, October 15th from 2pm-4pm
Where: Vestal Coal House, Stage Road in Vestal
What: A free Halloween family costume parade starting at 2:30pm, with prizes for best costumes. There will also be free donuts and cider and more.
When: Saturday, October 22nd from 9am-3pm
Where: Comstock Hall- 2114 Comstock Hall, Ithaca
What: A one-day creepy, crawly insect fair hosted by the Department of Entomology at Cornell University which will include a butterfly room and anthropoid zoo. Admission rates apply.
When: October 29th at 6pm and October 30th at 3pm
Where: EPAC- 102 Washington Ave, Endicott
What: A trick or treat candy collecting adventure, followed by a Halloween show. Admission rates apply.
When: Saturday, October 22nd from 1pm-3pm
Where: Arnold Park-Andrews Road in Vestal.
What: 19th annual Monster Mash Halloween, put on by the Town of Vestal. Open to kids of all ages, this event will feature a hay maze, treat bags for all kids, cider and donuts and more. All activities are outdoors.
When: October 30th from 12pm-5pm
Where: Cinema Saver-Madison Ave, Endicott
What: A costume party inside the theater 30 minutes before and after each movie. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission rates apply.
When: October 31st, 5pm-8pm
Where: American Legion Post 1390- Route 26 in Maine
What: A safe and friendly place for parents to take their little ones trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
When: Sunday, October 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Grace Point Church- 3701 Vestal Road, Vestal
What: Trunk-or treat, especially for kids pre-school through 6th grade, but everyone in the family is invited to participate. There will also be cider and donuts.
When: Friday, October 14th from 6pm-8pm.
Where: Animal Adventure- Martin Hill Road, Harpursville.
What: Dress in costume and bring your flashlight to see the animals at night and find candy at the treat stations. This event is geared toward older kids. Admission rates apply.
When: Saturday, October 22nd from 11am-3pm
Where: Discovery Center- Morgan Road, Binghamton
What: Trick-or-treating, a costume parade at 2:15pm, a dance party and more. Admission rates apply.
When: Saturday, October 15th from 3pm-6pm
Where: Arnold Park in Vestal
What: Costume contest for all ages with candy for kids. Any money raised through activities will be donated toTruth Pharm to help raise addiction awareness in our area.
When: Saturday, October 29th from 4pm-6pm
Where: Nimmonsburg United Methodist Church- Upper Front Street, Binghamton
What: Trunk or treat from 4pm-6pm, bounce house from 4pm-6pm (must pay to bounce), a costume parade and contest from 4pm-6pm, plus activities, vendors and more.
When: Saturday, October 29th, 10am-1pm
Where: Skate Estate, Vestal Road in Vestal
What: This event is for kids 7 and younger. There will be various activity stations, treat bags and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Admission rates apply.
When: Sunday, October 30th from 2pm-4pm
Where: Union Center United Methodist Church, 128 Maple Drive in Endicott.
What: Safe and family friendly trick or treating event with activities and snacks.
When: Saturday, October 29th from 5pm-7:30pm
Where: West Family YMCA- Main Street, Johnson City
What: Trick-or-treating, swimming, human bowling and more. Admission rates apply.