Halloween Haunts and Treats Guide 2018


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.


Trail of Terror and Haunted Woods
Take a ride on a tractor to the quarter mile walking trail filled with ghosts and ghouls. Expect some surprises. Friday and Saturdays Oct. 19-20; and Oct. 26-27. 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/1632861570152774/


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: The Hollow Hayride, The Lunar Motel Haunted House, Glutton’s Diner and Slaughterhouse Haunted House, Horseman’s Tomb – RIP Haunted House, Evil Reaping – Dark Harvest Corn maze, Night Shade –Nursery and Greenhouse Haunted House, Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Circus Show Walk-Thru, The Feeding Blood Thirsty Haunted House, Two Raven’s Manor Haunted. Time: 7 p.m. start time (please arrive 30 minutes before scheduled event). Dates: Oct. 12-14, Oct. 19-21, Oct. 25-28; Nov.3. Location: 778 Broadway, Ulster Park. Tickets prices: $41.95 + $3.95 service charge + tax or at the gate $49.95 + tax (walk up tickets are based on availability).Tickets: https://headlesshorseman.com/tickets

Children’s Day – A Tiny Taste of Terror: Oct. 13 and Oct. 27. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets: Online – $11.95 + $3.95 service charge + tax or at the gate $16.90 + tax. Tickets: https://headlesshorseman.com/tickets


32nd Annual Utica Zoo Spooktacular Harvest Festival
Utica Zoo’s Annual Spooktacular is Oct. 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring the whole family for a weekend of fall fun and spooky good times! Live Music, fall favorite treats, food trucks, trick or treating, games and activities, pumpkin carving and painting contest, and of course over 200 animals on the scenic grounds of the Utica Zoo. Cost: Members-$6 for adults, $3 for kids -Not-Yet members-$10 for adults, $6 for kids. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/32nd-annual-utica-zoo-spooktacular-harvest-festival-tickets-50916033226


North Star Orchards
U-Pick Pumpkins with a free wagon ride Saturdays and Sundays in October. Last Sunday will be Oct. 21. 4741 Route 233 Westmoreland.  http://www.northstarorchards.com/index.html


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. Hours: 4-9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sundays; and Columbus Day 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  http://www.cackleberrycastle.com/


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. http://www.critzfarms.com/


Cullen Pumpkin Farm
Activities include pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, photo opportunities  throughout the farm, wagon rides,  the pumpkin express. 587 Cullen Road, Richfield Springs. www.cullenpumpkinfarm.com


Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo
Fall Fun Festival runs weekends through Oct. 28 (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). 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.  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. http://windyhillorchardny.com/


Wicked Woods
Green Lakes State Park from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20. Trick or Treat Trail, Halloween Headquarters, Haunted Trail and Bonfire. 7900 Green Lakes Rd, Fayetteville. https://www.facebook.com/events/338074716738370/


Fright Nights at the Fair
It offers five different scary attractions including Jurassic Dark, The Myers House, The Revenge of “IT”, The Haunted Mansion and Dead Pirates. NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and is open 7-Midnight, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through Oct.30. Admission: $10 single ticket; $25 combo ticket. www.frightnightsatthefair.com


The Rome Art and Community Center
Zombie House Oct. 12-13 and 19-20. There is also a Not-So-Haunted House. Admission: Haunted House is $6; Child’s Activities is $3. 308 W. Bloomfield St., Rome. Information: http://romeart.org/site/


Cayo Industrial
Cayo Industrial returns to Broad Street in Utica with its House of Biotech, Biowar, Revelation and Archana Asylum. Dates: 10/12-10/14; 10/19-10/21; 10/26-10/28; 10/31; and 11/3. Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $12-$13 or $30 for all four attractions; if you want all the attraction plus the escape ward it is $40. 811 Broad St., Utica. http://www.cayoindustrial.com/index.htm


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


Screamwood Forest
Haunted Trail – ¼ mile of a screamin’ good time, kids’ games, live actors, bonfires and more Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-27. 6-8 p.m. – Friendly Frights (for younger kids) and 8-11 p.m. – Screamwood Forest Tours. Trail Tour $8/in costume $5. 360 Stewarts Corners Road, Penneville. https://www.facebook.com/2015-Screamwood-Forest-170741609657533/timeline/


Demon Acres
Demon’s Den ($14), Depths of the Dark Forest ($12), Combo is $25, Insane Asylum  ($5 a soul), Jail Break ($8) and Express Fear Combo Ticket is $45 and includes all attractions and no line! Every Friday and Saturday in October from 7-11 p.m. 341 County Route 36, Hannibal.


Zoo Boo
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. 20-21 & Oct. 27-28. $8. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2174674246187713/


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., Oct. 20-21. Admission:  Adults $21, Seniors $20, Children (3-12) $18, Under 3 FREE. Information: http://www.lrhs.com/


Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park
Come out and experience a frightful night at their Haunted House, Labyrinth and Trail. Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October at 7 p.m. Admission: $17, General Admission / 1 Attraction; $27, General Admission / 3 Attractions with Valid Student, Military, Police, Fire or EMS ID; $29, General Admission / 3 Attractions; $41, VIP Admission (Skip the line). Location: 4816 Route 49, Fulton. Also, at their second location at Shoppingtown Mall located at 3649 Erie Blvd, E., Syracuse – Containment – A zombie themed haunt experience. Information: http://www.frightmarefarms.net/index.html


Fright Nite
Haunted attractions, Hayrides, Corn Maze, Children’s Haunted Trail. Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7-10 p.m. at Skeeterboro Farms, 6799 Rome Westmoreland Road, Rome. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/349812332422509/


Baldwinsville Ghost Walk
A 75-minute tour set at historic Baldwinsville landmarks. Listen as professional actors portray ghosts from B’ville’s past telling spooky, true stories! Tickets: $12.Date/time: 6-10 p.m., Oct. 26. Location: Baldwin Canal Square, Denio Street. Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/462454094274384/



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