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A second chance
May 7, 2024

Boo-port! Brockport’s Halloween Festivities

(Brockport, N.Y.) Spooky season is finally upon us, and the town of Brockport is gearing up for a very spirited affair.

On Thursday, October 28 the Sweden-Clarkson Recreation Department will host its annual Halloween Special. According to the recreation center, there will be a haunted house set up as well as a toddler play center.

Diane Samons, who works for the Recreation Department, has many fond memories of the event. 

“My personal favorite event that we will be hosting in conjunction with the whole thing is the costume contest,” says Samons. “We’ve seen some really cool and over-the-top costumes over the years, so we expect people to bring their best!” she says.

The Halloween Special is being held at the Sweden Clarkson Community Center and is running from 6-8 PM. The costume contest starts at 7:15 PM.

On Friday October 29, the Brockport Merchants Association is sponsoring the Midnight Madness Costume Parade. The parade is supposed to start at 6 PM and the march and subsequent activities will last until 8. Paraders are supposed to meet up on Liftbridge and march down Market Street.

A photo from the last Midnight Madness Costume Parade. Photo courtesy of the Merchants Association

John Sheible, secretary of the Merchants Association, says “We at the Merchants Association love to host this event and we invite anyone with a costume to come parade with us!” says Sheible. “Water, candy, and apple cider will be provided!” he added.

Also on the 29th is The Jubilee Christian Church’s Trunk or Treat event. According to Maryann Saeva, the minister, the event will be held at 3565 Lake Road and will last from 6-8 PM. 

“Trunk or Treat will have several car trunks that are completely decked out with Halloween scares and treats! The best trunk wins, so everyone’s invited!” says Saeva.

Saeva adds that there will also be a bonfire, a play place set up for the kids, a horse pen and various games and chances to stock up on candy.

Poster for the event. Image courtesy of Jubilee Christian Chruch

For those who may like mystery and history mixed in together with the paranormal, the Under the Apple Tree Antiques and Gifts Shop and the author of the popular blog These Old Bones have come together for their event, Tales and Hauntings.

According to their site, These Old Bones writer Patty Giglio and the Under The Apple Tree Antiques and Gift Shop will perform and retell the tragic story of the residents of the Bushnell House.

“As the veil between the living and the dead thins, the spirits of the Bushnell House are ready for their introduction. Are you ready to meet Elvira, Walter, Henry and the host of others that gather in this historic 1830s home. Death and sadness were regular visitors to the Bushnells. Who chose not to leave when their time on earth was done?” states the site.

A photo of the old Bushnell House. Photo courtesy of the Under The Apple Tree Antiques and Gifts Shop.

Tales and Hauntings will be presented at the old Bushnell House on 7407 West Ridge Road on Saturday, October 30. The event lasts from 8 to 930 PM and costs $25.

“It’s so nice to be able to do these events after most of them had to be cancelled last year” says Samons. “We’re really excited to see everyone from the town again, and I know we’re not the only organizers who feel that way. Everyone is striving for the best Halloween this year, and we hope to be able to deliver!”

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