Guide to WNY Haunted Houses, Hayrides, & Wineries 2015

City Guide, For Kids, Tours & Walks


Written by Jessica Kelly

Published on September 23, 2015
Haunted Hayride

Photo is courtesy of Field of Screams Haunted Hayride in Lancaster, PA

Updated September 2015


How to scare yourself silly this Halloween

There’s a wide variety of haunted attractions throughout the area this fall, but how do you know which one fits your nightmarish needs?  Here’s a run-down of some of the best haunted activities that will make your hair stand on end!


Becker Farms Haunted Hayride

3724 Quaker Rd, Gasport, NY 14067  | (716) 772-2211  |

The Becker Farms Haunted Hayride will run on October 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 30th

From 7pm – 9pm (weather permitting).  The Haunted Hayride, Castle Labyrinth and phylotec have been a Halloween tradition that scares the heck out of innocent victims! Tickets for the hayride are $9.00 per person.  Are you ready to explore the pitch dark forests of Becker Farms?  Before you can continue to the horrifying Haunted Hayride, you will have to accomplish is the puzzle to find your way through Castle Labyrinth which can be confusing with all of the twists and turns.  New to the event is the Phylotec Biogenetic Testing Station.  In their journey to figure out the best farming technology they have been experimenting with genetic research. However, something has gone terribly wrong!  Can your group survive this journey?


Nightmare Hayrides

6319 Sommerville Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731  |  (716) 699-4839  |

Nightmare Hayrides begin on October 2nd and goes through November 2nd.  Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm enjoy this spooky adventure through half of a haunted barn, half of a haunted maze, a haunted hayride then the other half of the haunted maze, the vortex tunnel, and the rest of the haunted barn.  Seven tractors are constantly running, to avoid a long wait time.  Tickets are $18 each with no reservation required.  The Nightmare Hayride is a twenty five minute tractor hayride that will take you down a dark, creepy path.  After the hayride, be prepared to be scared while walking through the haunted maze and don’t forget; you still have the spooky barn to get through!  This event should take about 45 minutes to complete. No reservations needed.  Check out the cook shack for some snacks and to relax after your Nightmare Hayride adventure!


RELATED: Guide to Haunted Tours in WNY


House of Horrors & Haunted Catacombs

3757 Union Rd. Cheektowaga, NY 14225  |

House of Horrors & Haunted Catacombs prepared six scary attractions for you to attempt to conquer.  Their hours are generally Sunday-Thursday from 6:30pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 7pm-12am, with special hours on Sunday, October 11th from 7pm-12am.  However, the dates range so check out their website for details.  Tickets and VIP speed pass tickets are available for 5 or 6 houses, but also range in price.  Check out the website to see different price options for the day of your choice. The six attractions include The Infected, Hell House, Where Evil Dwells, Mark of the Beast, Zombie Apocalypse, and Killer Theater.


Frightworld America’s Screampark

800 Young St, Tonawanda, NY 14043  |

Frightworld is full of alarming surprises! This year they’ve moved into a brand new location and tickets range in price depending on the number of Houses you’d like to enter and whether you purchase a Frightpass ticket.  Frightworld hours are usually 6:30pm until 10pm, 12am, or 1am depending on the day. You can visit the website for specific hours.  This year, the Frightworld attractions include Grind House, Condemned, Night Stalkers, Eerie State Asylum, and Insanity.


District of the Dead

1881 Ridge Road (Home Depot Plaza), West Seneca, NY 14224  |

Get your heart pounding with “District of the Dead”, Buffalo’s only survival horror experience and one of WNY’s scariest attractions!  This year they’ve got a new location and their hours range from 7pm-10pm, 11pm, and 12am, but see their online schedule for specific hours and dates.  General Admission is $26 (presale tickets for 10/2-10/4 are half off!) for Quarantined Reloaded where secret biological experiments have gone horribly wrong and you get to choose your own fate.


Hallowine- Murder Mystery Weekend, Niagara Wine Trail

Between Niagara and Orleans Counties, Lockport, NY 14092

Who murdered Princess Dona? October 23-October 25 from 12pm-5pm on Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturday, and 12pm-5pm on Sunday, come as yourself or in costume and gather the clues while conducting interviews to collect as much information as possible.  Turn in your guess at your last winery where correct guesses will later be entered in a drawing to win wine prizes.  Tickets are $30 pre-sale, which can be purchased at, and $35 at the door.  The tickets prices do not include transportation.  The participating wineries include:

A Gust of Sun Winery (West or East locations)
BlackBird Cider Works (BlackBird Cider Works will NOT accept groups with over 20 people for this event without a reservation. You MUST have a prior reservation made directly with BlackBird Cider Works.)
Flight of Five Winery
Freedom Run Winery
Lake Ontario Winery
Leonard Oakes Estate Winery
Long Cliff Winery & Vineyards
Niagara Landing Wine Cellars
Salamaca Estate Winery
Schulze Vineyards & Winery
Spring Lake Winery
The Winery at Marjim Manor (wine tasting policy)
Victorianbourg Wine Estate
Vizcarra Vineyards



Iron Island Museum

998 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206  |  (716) 892-3084  |

The Iron Island Museum is hosting some exciting events coming up in October! On Friday, October 16th from 6-10pm check out their Spooky Wine & Beer Happy Hour benefiting the Iron Island Preservation Society Museum Restoration Fund and with your $20 donation receive a commemorative glass, wine and beer, haunted tours, treats and eats, and tarot readings. On Friday, October 23rd from 4pm – 8pm the museum is having a Haunted Food Truck Rodeo.  This event of course includes popular food trucks, face painting, haunted Halloween tours, and psychics.


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