Rock October in spooky, scary, good style!
Rock October in spooky, scary, impeccable taste!

(5) Reasons to Scream “October Rocks!”
By Christine G. Adamo

Wait! What happened to Indian Summer? Did I miss it?!

Or is the best yet to come? Who knows, but with September over (or nearly, as I write this), it seems only fitting to quickly find reasons to celebrate October – and the eventual approach of November, December and Winter along with them.

There’s lots going on at Nazareth College. But, beyond the confines of our beloved campus, there’s a flurry of activity (and a few sanctioned reasons to throw back beers with your buds) you should know about. So, put away the flip flops and drag out the Fall gear.

It’s time I gave you five good reasons to scream: “October rocks!”

It's time to kick back some brews in the South Wedge.

Kick back some brews in the South Wedge.

Sat., Oct. 3 (11am-9pm, FREE admission)
South Wedge Harvest Hootenanny

The 2nd Annual Harvest Hootenany promises to be a daylong celebration full of food trucks, carnival games, artists painting murals in real time, shopping opp’s and an Oktoberfest-style beer garden. Amble along Rochester’s famed South Avenue between Gregory Street and Averill Avenue. Witness Wall Therapy in action. Kick back a few brews (if you’re of age) with friends – or friendly strangers!

Interested? Read on at

Haunted Hungerford 2015 is being held Oct. 2 and 3.

Rock Hungerford in costume, if you dare!

Fri., Oct. 2 & Sat., Oct. 3 (5-9pm, FREE admission)
Haunted Hungerford

The Hungerford, at 1115 E. Main St., is a Rochester landmark and home to a massive array of artist spaces and haunting hallways, nooks and crannies. It’s a maze alright! This weekend it hosts Haunted Hungerford, where “Art Isn’t Dead. It’s Undead.” Visit a dozen studios decked out in frightful detail. Hunt down The Night Gallery show. Enter the costume contest and in-studio raffles. Do good, donating toiletries to Sample Soap. The Hungeford lot fills quickly. Consider parking at Greenovation instead.

Naz alumna Stephanie Krist penned a stellar overview at

Upcycle your wardrobe (photo by Brandon Vick).

Upcycle your wardrobe (photo: Brandon Vick).

Tues., Oct. 13 (FREE admission)
Fashion Week of Rochester Clothing Exchange

Fashion Week of Rochester runs Oct. 13-18, 2015, featuring five runway shows. Its affiliation with The Center for Youth’s homeless programs ensures that money and awareness are raised for a good cause. Enjoy a boutique crawl, music and more. The coolest part of the week, if you wanna upcycle your Fall or Winter wardrobe, is a clothing exchange. Bring gently-used, fashionable duds, shoes and accessories to the Tents on Main (275 E. Main St., across from the Sibley Building) and swap them for things that are new-to-you … including stuff donated by area boutiques!

Find out more at

ImageOut 2015 offers Young Adult and other discounts.

ImageOut offers BIG student discounts.

Thurs., Oct. 8 to Sun., Oct. 18 (costs/times vary)
ImageOut LGBT Film & Video Festival

The ImageOut festival bills itself as offering “11 days, 41 programs (and) 70 films from 21 countries.” That’s a lot of celluloid! There are also parties to attend, art exhibits to partake in and screenings at venues like The Little and Dryden Theaters. And there’s savings, too. ImageOut offers a $2 Young Adult discount for anyone 24 or younger (for most films, w/$20 off a Full Festival Pass). As if that weren’t awesome enough, entry to Next Generation Film Series flicks is FREE to anyone under 21.

Get a glimpse at what the film fest has to offer at

Get spooked in the Grand Torch Tour.

Get spooked Grand Torch Light style.

Sat., Oct. 17 & Tues., Oct. 20 (every 12 min. from 6-9:30pm)
Mount Hope Cemetery Grand Torch Light Tours

Friends of Mount Hope Cemetery conducts Grand Torch Light Tours of this spooky and sprawling cemetery’s hallowed grounds on two separate evenings. Founded in 1838, Mount Hope is a Victorian-style resting place set on 196 acres. Stroll along paved roads and uneven terrain. Explore local history, geology, architecture and symbolism. Find out which famous are people buried there. FOMH suggests parking along Robinson Drive (opposite the gatehouse), as cemetery parking is unavailable or limited.

Scare up other Mount Hope outing ideas at

Well, it’s time I put my beer hat on, sew up the loose threads on last year’s Halloween costume, scour my closets for stuff to exchange, get online to purchase a Full Festival Pass and shake the dust off my hiking boots. If October proves to be as exciting as it seems, I wanna be ready to rock it hard.

And, yeah, Happy (early) Halloween!

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