Fall Destination Guide 2016
Whether you’re looking to be scared out of your gourd or head out to the pumpkin patch to pick a few gourds, Central New York has plenty of festive fall options. We came up with a list for those seeking a more tame option to those seeking a hair raising good time.
The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve
Held Oct. 6 from 5-9 p.m.; Oct. 7 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Oct. 8 from Noon-7 p.m. at Murnane Field in Utica, will feature a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, live music, hay rides Bounce House and more. Admission is $3 per person, maximum of $10 per family. http://www.thegreatuticapumpkincarve.com/
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
Take a drive and experience Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses that have been ranked #1 in America. Attractions include: Horseman’s War – Stay Out of the Woods Hayride, The Lunar Motel Haunted House, Slithers Pet Shop – Adopt-A-Pet Haunted House, Glutton’s Diner and Slaughterhouse Haunted House, Evil Reaping – Dark Harvest Corn maze, Night Shade – Into The Rabbit Hole Nursery and Greenhouse Haunted House, Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Sideshow Walk-Thru, Flesh They Crave – The Feeding Haunted House, Blood Inn Haunted House and The Great Room Escape – you have 60 minutes to escape before time runs out. Time: 7 p.m. Dates: Sept. 30; Oct. 1, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 27-30; Nov. 5. Location: 778 Broadway, Ulster Park. Tickets: http://www.headlesshorseman.com/tickets/headless-horseman. Children’s Day – A Tiny Taste of Terror: Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets: Online – $11.95 + $3.95 service charge + tax or at the gate $16.90 + tax. http://www.headlesshorseman.com/
Utica Zoo Spooktacular
Utica Zoo’s 30th annual Spooktacular is Oct. 28 & 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 12 to 4 p.m. New this year will be the Haunted Trail! Kids will enjoy trick-or-treating at 13 stations and Sunday will feature Autumn Avenue with lots of vendors. 1 Utica Way, Utica.
North Star Orchards
U-Pick Pumpkins with a free wagon ride Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday, Oct. 1. 4741 Route 233 Westmoreland. http://www.northstarorchards.com/
Will’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin Farm
Activities include Mrs. Pumpkin the talking pumpkin, hayrides, children’s play area, concession stand, a bounce house, and a variety of pumpkins, gourds and more for sale. 1175 Hillsboro Road, Camden. www.cackleberrycastle.com.
Activities include pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, a corn maze, gift shop, weekend wagon rides, petting zoo, playground, cider making demonstrations and more. Visit the Web site for admission information for the various activities. 3232 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia. www.critzfarms.com
Cullen Pumpkin Farm
Activities include pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, photo opportunities, and a wagon ride through the pumpkin patch, honey bee hives, and hay fields ($2 per person, 5 and younger are free). 587 Cullen Road, Richfield Springs. www.cullenpumpkinfarm.com
Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo
Fall Fun Festival runs weekends through Oct. 30. Admission is $6, children younger than 2 are free. Activities include a hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, oat-filled activity station, pony rides ($2.50), and wagon rides ($2.50) and more. Kids receive a free mini pumpkin to decorate. 5135 Rome New London Road, Rome. www.fortrickey.com.
Windy Hill Orchard
Activities include pick-your-own apples, pre-picked apples, and a gift shop featuring cider, local honey, fudge, cheeses, fall ornamentals such as Indian corn and more. 577 East St., Cassville. www.windyhillorchardny.com.
Fright Nights at the Fair
It offers five different scary attractions including The Haunted Mansion, Clown Prison, The Hostel and new this year a zombie paintball hunt. NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and is open 7-11 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Oct.30. Admission ranges from $10-$25. www.frightnightsatthefair.com
Remsen Depot Corn Maze
An 6-acre maze is featured. The maze is open on weekends through Columbus Day from noon to 5 p.m. Flashlight nights, bring your own flashlight, are Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. http://www.remsendepot.com/maze.html
Rome Art and Community Center
Halloween House Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. Haunted House in the main Mansion House – Ages 17 and older, and Casper’s Not-So-Haunted House, second floor of Carriage House – Ages 10-16. Adults, $6 and Kids, $3. 308 W. Bloomfield St., Rome. https://www.facebook.com/Rome-Art-And-Community-Center-140909189266675/timeline/
Cayo Industrial returns to Broad Street in Utica with its House of Biotech, Biowarfare, Revelation and Archana Asylum. The horror house opens Sept. 30 and remains open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Admission is $10-$13 for one attraction or $30 for all four attractions. www.cayoindustrial.com. 811 Broad St., Utica
Trail of Terror
Take a ride on a tractor to the quarter mile walking trail filled with ghosts and ghouls. Expect some surprises. Friday and Saturdays Oct. 21-22 & Oct. 28-29. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. All proceeds benefit the Stittville Fire Department. 7243 State Route 291, Stittville. www.facebook.com/The-Trail-of-Terror-and-Haunted-Woods-483746281733670/timeline/
The Haunted Forest
A “Dark Harvest” walking trail, a wagon ride through the haunted forest and take a spooky ride in a hearse. Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7-11 p.m. $12 wagon ride, $13 hearse ride, $12 Dark Harvest Walking Trail; Pick two is $23 and all three is $33. 87 Nichols Road, Williamstown. thehauntedforestcny.com
Haunted Trail – ¼ mile of a screamin’ good time, kids’ games, live actors, bonfires and more Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 21 & 22 and 28 & 29. 6-8 p.m. – Friendly Frights (for younger kids) and 8-11 p.m. – Screamwood Forest Tours. Trail Tour $7/ in costume $5. 360 Stewarts Corners Road, Penneville. https://www.facebook.com/2015-Screamwood-Forest-170741609657533/timeline/
Demon’s Den Haunted House ($14), Depths of the Dark Forest Hayride ($12) Combo is $25 and new this season is Insane Asylum -audio experience ($5). Express Fear Combo Ticket is $45 and includes all attractions and no line! Every Friday and Saturday in October (opens Friday, Sept. 30) from 7-11 p.m. 341 County Route 36, Hannibal.
Halloween fun in the daytime sun! The zoo will be transformed into a bustling bash with hauntingly hilarious activities for kids and families to enjoy. The “kooky not spooky” theme provides Halloween fun without the fear. Kids (and parents) – wear your costumes and bring your treat bags! Daytime hours means participants can see the entire zoo and animal collection. Rain or shine. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 22-23 & 29-30. $8. Information: http://www.rosamondgiffordzoo.org/zoo-boo
Hyde & Shriek! Candlelight Ghost Tours
This candlelight tour visits all places in the Mansion where ghostly manifestations have been reported over 150 years; including those identified by Ghosthunters(c) in their Halloween 2013 special on the SyFy network. Hours: 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday in October. Admission is $20 per person. Information: http://hydehall.org/home-landscape/ghosts/
Pumpkin Patch Train
Fun and games for the whole family. One pumpkin per child is included in the price of the ticket. Pumpkin Patch Train Boards at Milford Depot. 2 Hour Round Trip. 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15. Admission: Adults $20, Seniors $19, Children (3-12) $17, Under 3 FREE. Information: http://www.lrhs.com/
Green Lakes State Park from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 29. Trick or Treat Trail, Halloween Headquarters, Haunted Trail and Bonfire. 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville. https://www.facebook.com/events/1755892621329888/
The Fuze Magazine
Tags Cayo IndustrialCritz FarmsCullen Pumpkin FarmDemon AcresFort Rickey Children’s Discovery ZooFright Nights at the FairHeadless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted HousesHyde & Shriek! Candlelight Ghost ToursNorth Star OrchardsPumpkin Patch TrainRemsen Depot Corn MazeRome Art and Community CenterScreamwood ForestThe Great Utica Pumpkin CarveThe Haunted ForestTrail of TerrorUtica Zoo SpooktacularWill’s Cackleberry Castle Pumpkin FarmWindy Hill OrchardZoo Boo
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