There’s just something about hayrides – haunted or fall-themed – that we can’t get enough of. Go with a date, bring the whole crew, or show the kids the beauty of the season in Western New York from the back of a wagon.
With the ongoing pandemic, it’s important to keep COVID guidelines in mind, but there’s still places that made the most of this frightening situation. Read on for five hayrides perfect for the fam this Fall.
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1. The Haunted Forest at Becker Farms
3724 Quaker Road, Gasport, NY / beckerfarms.com
This year’s iteration of a haunted hayride at Becker Farms is a drive-through experience in The Haunted Forest.
In their own words: “Careful of the detour on Quaker Rd. Strange things have been known to happen on the lane that takes you through the forest that bypasses Becker Farms! The Haunted Forest Drive through is geared for ages starting as young as 7 years old depending on the child. The Garden Market and Becker Brewing Company will be open until 10p.m. for hot cider, donuts, baked goods and seasonal libations. After 5pm there is no admission cost to be on the grounds, only to participate in the Drive Thru, through the forest.
2. The Haunted Forest at Newfane
2860 Beebe Road, Newfane, NY / Website
When it comes to haunted hayrides, this one is a game changer. You will be on the edge of your seat clinging to your sanity as you venture into a deep fog emanating evil. You won’t want to miss a minute of the spooky tale told through the wagon speaker while simultaneously witnessing the horrifying sights in the woods as the begotten tale comes to life right in front of you. For a family friendly hayride experience visit on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-4pm. You’ll also find a Haunted Barn and Corn Maze here!
3. Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville
6319 Sommerville Valley Road Ellicottville, NY 14731 / Website
After a year off due to Covid, this nightmarish experience is back and scarier than ever. Nightmare Hayride is a 25 minute tractor drawn hayride that will lead you down a creepy haunted path with live creatures. Once you have successfully finished the ride you will exit off into a haunted maze that will twist and turn over one acre of land. Be prepared to be scared as you venture through long dark hallways with live creatures. After you have made your way through the maze you’ll end up in the haunted barn featuring the vortex tunnel, totaling a 40 minute experience. Nightmare Hayride also offers a cook shack serving food.
Nightmare Hayrides runs weekends only – Friday through Sunday 7:30 – 9:30pm, from Oct 1 – 31, 2021. No reservations are needed and admission costs $25 per person, 5 and under are free.
3435 Baker St. Ext. Busti, NY 14701 / Facebook
Pumpkintown near Jamestown offers their Field of Screams / Haunted Hayrides every Friday and Saturday night in October, from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Visit for haunted hayrides and a corn maze! (Also listed in Fall Hayride section below.)
11199 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031 / greatpumpkinfarm.com
Fall, kid-friendly hayrides available every weekend along with a cornmaze, Boo Barn, haymaze and more.
6. Kelkenberg Farm of Clarence
9270 Wolcott Rd Clarence Center, NY 14032 / kelkenberg-farm-clarence.square.site
This fall, kid-friendly, not at all haunted hayride around the farm and fields is part of the all inclusive admission which also includes any size pumpkin picked from the patch, pony rides for children, animal viewing, jump pad, and barnyard games and activities! Refreshments, food, bakery items, seasonal produce and fall decor are available inside the farmer’s market.
7. Akron Acres
12607 Stage Rd Akron, NY 14001 / akronacres.com
Akron Acres offers a tractor drawn hayride in addition to other fun on the farm including the corn maze, visits to the animal barn, pony rides, any size pumpkin from the patch, snack shack and more!
3435 Baker St. Ext. Busti, NY 14701 / Facebook
Pumpkintown near Jamestown offers a tractor pulled hayride for the kiddos in addition to seasonal activities and fun for all ages, open on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of October. New in 2021, check out their ‘Field of Screams’.
4844 Sugartown Road Great Valley NY, 14741 / Website
This family-friendly adventure right outside of Ellicottville awaits your family! There are an abundance of Fall activities available ranging from viewing farm animals, hayrides amidst beautiful Fall foliage, blasting apples out of a cannon, a corn maze, Happy Horse carousel and a spooky haunted house. Unwind over a cup of hot cider and pumpkin spice doughnut to cap off this amazing experience.