Fall destinations – more than just ‘Hocus Pocus’

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses


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.


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 Cornmaze, 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. 26; Oct. 2-a 3, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 29-31; Nov. 1, 6-7. Location: 778 Broadway, Ulster Park. Tickets: http://www.headlesshorseman.com/tickets/headless-horseman

Children’s Day – A Tiny Taste of Terror: Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Tickets: Online – $11 + $2.95 service charge + tax or at the gate $14 + tax. http://www.headlesshorseman.com/


The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve

The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve

The Great Utica Pumpkin Carve
Held Oct. 8-9 from 5-9 p.m. and Noon-9 p.m. at Murnane Field in Utica, will feature a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, hay rides and more. Admission is $2 per person, maximum of $10 per family. http://www.thegreatuticapumpkincarve.com/


North Star Orchards

U-Pick Apples and Pumpkins with a free wagon ride Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday, Oct. 3. 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.


Critz Farm

Critz Farm

Critz Farms
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 Nov.1. Admission is $5, 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.


Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

Sylvan Beach Amusement Park
Halloweekends on Friday and Saturday nights starting Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Parking is free and the spooky attractions range in price from $6.99 for Scream Land to $31.99 for the Ultimate Mega Pass. New this year is Ghost Hunter Tours with Paranormal expert James Pendel Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 to 11 p.m. For reservations, call 762-5212. http://www.sylvanbeachamusementpark.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.


Wicked Woods

Green Lakes State Park from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 24. Trick or Treat Trail, Halloween Headquarters, Haunted Trail and Bonfire. 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville. https://www.facebook.com/events/159324087742400/


Fright Nights at the Fair

It offers five different scary attractions on the state fairgrounds in Syracuse and is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights Oct. 2 through Oct.31. Admission is $10 for one attractions or $20 for all five. www.frightnightsatthefair.com


o-CORN-MAZE-facebookThe 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 Oct. 2, 3, 9 and 10 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. http://www.remsendepot.com/maze.html


The Rome Art and Community Center
Halloween Festivities: Nightmare on Bloomfield St. Oct. 9-10 and 16-17. 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
Cayo Industrial returns to Broad Street in Utica with its House of Biotech, House of Biowar, Warehouse of Revelation and new this year Archana Asylum. The horror house opens Oct. 2 and remains open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 31. Admission is $10 for one attraction or $30 for all four attractions. www.cayoindustrial.com. 811 Broad St., Utica


Trail of Terror

Trail of Terror

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. 23-24 & Oct. 30-31. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $8 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 or a new indoor attraction: The Asylum. Fridays and Saturdays beginning Oct. 2 from 7-11 p.m. $12 wagon ride, $13 hearse ride, $12 Dark Harvest Walking Trail; $13 Asylum; three for $33. 87 Nichols Road, Williamstown. thehauntedforestcny.com



Screamwood Forest

Haunted Trail – ¼ mile of a screamin’ good time, kids’ games, live actors, bonfires and more Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 16 & 17 and 23 & 24. 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 Acres

Demon’s Den Haunted House, Depths of the Dark Forest Hayride and Buried Alive. Every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-11 p.m. 341 County Route 36, Hannibal



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