Halloween in Downtown Ithaca set for Oct. 27

Parade, trick or treating, free celebration in Center Ithaca expects to draw hundreds

Hundreds of costume wearing youth and their parents are expected to make the trek through Downtown Ithaca next week as part of the community’s annual Halloween in Downtown festivities.


This family-friendly, Halloween-themed celebration, which will include the community’s beloved costume parade and store-to-store Trick-or-Treating, will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is teaming up once again with the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) to proudly present this annual tradition.

The parade will start at the GIAC, 301 W Court St., Ithaca, at 3:30 p.m and participants will march their way to The Commons, E. State Street, Ithaca. As parade goers make their way to The Commons pedestrian mall they will find dozens of stores participating in all sorts of spooktacular activities (look for a “Trick-or-Treat Here” sign prominently displayed in their storefront window indicating that treats are available). Participating stores are located on the Commons, Aurora Street, East State Street off of the Commons, Gateway Commons, Cayuga Street, Green St. and inside the Dewitt Mall.

This afternoon of innocent and fun frolic will also feature FREE face painting by Festive Face Painting, music, mini carnival-style games, warm apple cider and snacks from 4 to 6 p.m. inside Center Ithaca, 171 E. State St., Ithaca. GIAC is catering the event.

“Halloween in Downtown presents a prime opportunity for families to check out downtown’s locally owned and operated boutiques, specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions while collecting candy and other treats at participating locations. The children typically have a great time, and the shopkeepers enjoy seeing all of the trick or treaters,” says Allison Graffin, the DIA’s marketing director.

A complete schedule of activities is available online at https://www.downtownithaca.com.

Halloween in Downtown Ithaca is happening in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend, a very popular event where downtown Ithaca’s streets will be filled magic and whimsy from October 27 through October 31.

As a nonprofit adventure, Ithaca’s Wizarding Weekend is inspired by the Harry Potter series created by J.K. Rowling and provides a magical look into the Ithaca community while simultaneously allowing fans to celebrate.

Wizarding Weekend is organized by Life’s So Sweet Chocolates and Press Bay Alley. More information, including a full schedule of events, can be found at http://www.wizardingweekend.com.

All of these festivities are free admittance for community members of all ages. During Wizarding Weekend, a $5 all-day festival parking fee will be in effect at the Green St., Cayuga St. and Seneca St. garages on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit https://www.downtownithaca.com, email info@downtownithaca.com, or call (607) 277-8679.