Halloween is back in Downtown Ithaca

Trick or treating in Downtown Ithaca is fun for the whole family. This annual tradition is happening from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at shops on and around the Commons. Photo from Downtown Ithaca Alliance archive.

Fun-filled weekend includes trick or treating, All Hallows Eve Party at Press Bay, double movie feature at State Theatre, and more

Halloween in Downtown Ithaca is back. After canceling last year’s festivities due to the pandemic, downtown will be bustling with spooktacular activities next weekend.

The Halloween fun will start with trick-or-treating from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at businesses and stores on and around the Commons. (Look for a “Trick-or-Treat Here” sign prominently displayed in their storefront window indicating that treats are available). The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) organizes this family-friendly event. DIA staff will serve light refreshments near Center Ithaca on the Commons as part of this festive afternoon.

“Trick or treating in downtown presents the perfect opportunity for families to visit downtown’s many locally owned and operated boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions while collecting treats and marveling at other attendees’ costumes. Guests typically have a wonderful time, and the shopkeepers enjoy seeing all of the costumes,” says Darlene M. Wilber, DIA communications and grant development director.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the fun continues with an All Hallow’s Eve party from 3 to 8 p.m. in Press Bay. This free event will include live entertainment featuring a performance from Nate the Great, fire spinning & more from 3-5 p.m., Van Noble Farms Food truck from 4-8 p.m., and an adult costume party from 5-8 p.m and live music by Metasequoia. At 7 p.m., State Theatre will show a double feature, The 1925 The Phantom of the Opera and The 1922 F.W Musau’s NOSFERATU. For tickets to this adult-only engagement, visit statetheatreofithaca.org.

For the safety of the guests and business employees, mask-wearing is encouraged while you’re trick or treating. While you’re inside our businesses, please be mindful of their safety protocols.

For more information about all of these activities and other Halloween-related fun happening downtown, visit downtownithaca.com.

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