Erie and Niagara Counties - Safe & Seen


Contact: Jay Bonafede

Phone: (716) 878-2372

Cell: (716) 435-7468


BUFFALO, NY, October 17, 2012 – The halls of “Eerie” Community College’s North Campus, located at 6205 Main Street in Williamsville, will be haunted by little ghosts and goblins between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 for the 7th annual “Safe & Seen Halloween”.

Presented by First Niagara, “Safe & Seen Halloween,” provides a fun, warm and safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Children 12 and under and their parents will receive great safety tips while trick-or-treating indoors for ghoulish goodies through the Haunted Hallway of Treats. Admission is $3.00 per child, with proceeds benefitting the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties.

“Safe & Seen Halloween is a perfect fit with the Red Cross mission of helping Western New York prevent and prepare for disaster,” said Nancy Blaschak, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties. “We are proud to partner with other safety agencies to show this community that being safe and prepared can also be fun.”

With parents taking more precautions when it comes to their children’s activities, the American Red Cross has found a way to make traditional trick-or-treating safe and fun for the entire family. As parents and children pick up treats and safety tips along the Haunted Hallway of Treats inside ECC’s North Campus, they will work their way into a Creepy Kidzone loaded with Halloween fun and safety-themed interactive activities.

“We are thrilled to allow local families to haunt our hallways each Halloween,” said Jack Quinn, president of host Erie Community College. “By trick-or-treating indoors, children can enjoy all the fun of this Halloween tradition in a safe, warm environment.”

“Safe & Seen Halloween” has something for everyone, including visits by Sabretooth, Billy Buffalo and the Buffalo Jills cheerleaders and demonstrations by The Master Khechen School of Tae Kwon-Do. The event also spotlights American Red Cross B.A.T (Basic Aid Training) and Babysitter Training and includes an American Red Cross blood drive. In addition, local organizations and businesses of all kinds will join together to help educate our community on issues surrounding child and family safety, health and well-being.

“First Niagara is happy to be a part of something that’s not only fun, but helps to keep our community safe,” said Helen Tederous, community relations manager at First Niagara. “Everyone really gets into the Halloween spirit, and even the staff comes up with some great costumes.”

Presented by First Niagara, “Safe & Seen Halloween” is sponsored in part by Erie Community College, The Buffalo News, WKBW-TV, Classic Hits 104.1 FM, Wegmans, National Fuel and Tim Hortons. For more information, visit www.safeandseenhalloween.com.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.