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.

  • 1

    Monster Bash 2016

    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.

  • 2

    Halloween Family Parade

    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.

  • 3


    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.

  • 4

    Trick or Treat, Take a Seat

    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.

  • 5

    Monster Mash Halloween

    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.

  • 6

    Cinema Saver Costume Party

    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.

  • 7

    American Legion Trunk or Treat

    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.

  • 8

    Halloween Fun

    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.

  • 9

    Flashlight Safari Trick or Treat

    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. 

  • 10

    Children's Halloween Party & Trick-or-Treating

    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.

  • 11

    Trunk R Treat for Addiction Awareness

    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.

  • 12

    2016 Trunk or Treat Spectacular

    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.

  • 13

    Trick Treat & Troll

    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.

  • 14

    Trunk or Treat Endicott

    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.

  • 15

    YMCA Trunk or Treat

    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.