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The pandemic is changing how we approach many things, and authorities are offering suggestions for celebrating Halloween tonight.

Public health authorities in eastern Ontario and local governments are advising trick-or-treaters to find other ways to enjoy Halloween this year.

Ontario recommends against treat-or-treating this year

Oct 20, 2020
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It appears there will be no trick-or-treating for millions of children in Ontario. The premier says it is a necessary measure to protect Christmas and the upcoming holiday season.

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While the Centers for Disease Control considers Halloween trick-or-treating a risky idea this year, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says no decision has been made yet on the popular tradition. But city officials are worried about large gatherings amid a subdued but continuing pandemic.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo dismissed rumors Tuesday that Halloween trick-or-treating might be canceled next month due to the pandemic, declaring he has no intention of preventing kids from making their annual door-to-door quest for candy.

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A new haunted house experience is making its presence felt across Western New York. EverHaunt, in Angola, is using scares to raise money for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care, Kids Escaping Drugs, Operation Good Neighbor and more. EverHaunt founder Kevin Donovan took a haunted house in his garage and turned it in to a large, immersive experience with the goal of raising money for community partners.

If you have not eaten all your Halloween candy yet, take a close look at it before biting in.

This may not be good news for your waistline, but your sweet tooth might appreciate it: Halloween candy sales are crackerjack this year.

"Consumer confidence is riding high, so consumers are likely to splurge a little more on edible goodies," David Deull, a senior economist with IHS Markit, said in his analysis of 2017 Halloween spending.

Halloween candy sales are expected to rise 4.1 percent from last year, reaching a seasonally adjusted $4.1 billion, he said.

Lynne and Greg Houston met 25 years ago, when Greg placed an order over the phone for some lunch. Lynne was working at a restaurant in Buffalo, N.Y. Greg was working across the street — as a mortician at a funeral home.

"The door was unlocked, so I came in with meatballs marinara, and you were doing some kind of autopsy or something. And I remember I just stood there staring at you in your white gown with blood all over it," says Lynne, 55.

Greg didn't think anything of it. But Lynne sure did.

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The day has arrived when ghouls and goblins make their door-to-door journeys in search of candy and other treats. While Halloween festivities are filled with fun, experts remind people to be aware of some dangers.

Halloween plays on our fears and our fantasies.

We craft haunted houses and scary decorations to evoke particular emotions. We choose our costumes to reflect something about the kinds of people we are or want to be — edgy, sexy, funny, clever. For children, Halloween is an experiment in delayed gratification and negotiation — which candies to eat now, which to trade, which to save. It's no surprise, then, that Halloween might reveal interesting features of human psychology.

But you might be surprised by just what we can learn.

Halloween 2015: Adult costume fun

Oct 31, 2015
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It is Halloween 2015 and celebrations are underway this weekend.  Many adults enjoy dressing up for some Halloween fun.  WBFO’s Eileen Buckley spoke with some hair stylists at  the Cia Bella Hair Studio on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore. 

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Though Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday for people of all ages, the SPCA Serving Erie County is reminding local pet owners of the risks involving their pets on the holiday.


'Tis the season to be terrified. Many people shell out good money to scream at the top of their lungs at this time of year. WBFO's Brian Meyer takes a closer look at a Halloween ritual.

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Senator Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to take action in assuring the safety of Halloween makeup.

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Halloween will be celebrated at the Buffalo Zoo this weekend.

On this Halloween, we take a look at zombies and how they have span the decades in pop culture. How much is too scary for children? WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks to two local professors about horror.