Many students often complain that there is nothing to do in Rochester. However, that is certainly not the case this Halloween.

From now until the Oct. 31, Rochester is bustling with activities and events to make your Halloween memorable.

If what you’re after is something that allows you to appreciate the beauty of the fall, then the Amazing Maize Maze may be just the thing for you.

This year’s theme is “2001: A Space Cob-yssey.” It may sound a little “corny,” but sometimes those are the events most worth attending. You have to hurry though because it will only be open until Oct. 28.

The Long Acre Farms offers a wide variety of activities and shops to explore. It is also offering hayrides, pumpkins, an ice cream shop, a farm market, gift shop, Amish furniture for sale and, of course, the feature attraction ? the Amazing Maize Maze.

If you are seeking to have a romantic day, I suggest a low-key activity like the Fall Foliage Express rail excursion. The 34-mile, two-hour train rides to Newark in Wayne County N.Y., begin and end at Ontario Midland Railroad Depot.

This is a great “date” idea because one can pretend to watch the leaves fall while enjoying the company of the one they love. Trips are scheduled until Oct. 28 and tickets are $10.

While these two suggestions can be enjoyable, Halloween isn’t complete without a hint of fright.

Rochester offers a great deal of events to quench one’s thirst for the utterly terrifying. A tradition in Rochester is the Fright Fest at Six Flags Darien Lake.

It includes a giant haunted house, strolling “scare-actors,” Trick-or-Treat Trail with Bugs Bunny and friends, costume contests, Zombie Zones, Dr. Decrypt’s House of Horrors, Measuring Morticians and more.

If you don’t have any means of transportation, the university is offering the event as a trip on Friday, Oct. 26, with buses leaving from CLARC at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 through this offer.

If the thought of being surrounded by hundreds of little kids and their parents is simply too scary for you, the Landmark Society of Western New York is presenting a Ghost Walk starting at the Third Presbyterian Church corner of East Avenue and Meigs Street on Oct. 26 and 27.

Tours will start every 10 minutes and feature a lantern-bearing guide who will take you along residential streets, where you will hear true Rochester gory stories told by costumed actors.

Finally, for those of you who find Halloween to be a little too depressing, Rochester offers you something to laugh about, or rather someone to laugh at.

Jimmy Shubert, one of Sam Kinison’s famous “Outlaws of Comedy,” is joined by a special guest, impressionist Cal Verduchi, at the Comix Caf from Oct. 23.through Oct. 28.

Shubert has appeared on the television shows “Angel,” “Rude Awakenings” and “Once and Again,” and in the film “Go!”

If none of these events appeal to you, but you are still looking for something to do, visit www.myrochester.com.

This site offers great ideas and descriptions of numerous events taking place in the Rochester area.

With so many options available, there’s no excuse not to get off campus and explore. Get out, get scared and enjoy the holiday. Happy Halloween!

Reyhani can be reached at mreyhani@campustimes.org.



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