local Haunts

By Alicia Dziak

It’s that time of year again, when scary fun tops the list of how to spend your free time. If getting spooked is high on your priority list this October, don’t miss out on the thrills and chills of the region’s best haunted activities.

Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street

Looking for a truly scary adventure? Check out Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street and face your fears by taking a 25-minute tractor-drawn hayride that will lead you down a creepy haunted path with live scary creatures. Visit the Gothic Chamber and head through a haunted wooden maze that will twist and turn over one acre of land and end up in the haunted barn which features a vortex tunnel. Nightmare Hayrides is located at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road and is open weekends only from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 28. For more information, visit nightmarehayride.com.

Paranormal Walk

Oct. 12

John Koerner, founder of Paranormal Walks, author, professor and historian is inviting the public on Oct. 12 to join him for the haunted 1829 Ellicottville Town Hall ghost hunt.

Registration starts at 8 p.m. at the gazebo. A lecture on haunted Ellicottville and the history of the town hall and museum will follow at 8:30.

At 9 p.m., ghost hunters will break up into small groups to gather evidence at the town hall, United Church of Ellicottville and the Ellicottville Historical Museum. Groups will reassemble to examine evidence.

Then at 10 p.m., the groups will take a 7-minute walk to the Jefferson Street Cemetery to visit a few graves.

The cost is $20, and organizers said half of the proceeds will go to the Ellicottville Historical Society.

For more information, adn to see other walk locations, such as Buffalo’s Canalside and Cobblestone district, visit www.paranormalwalks.com.

Haunted House in Hinsdale

The haunted house in Hinsdale, located at 3830 McMahon Road, is perhaps the most famous haunted house in the area and has all the elements of a good ghost story: a mysterious history, strange sightings, unexplainable events and even an exorcism. Join Proof Paranormal for a three-hour ghost hunt before Halloween when Hinsdale House Restoration Project presents an exclusive ghost tour on Friday, Oct. 5. Your experience will include a tour of the grounds along with the historic building. You will get history and stories from your guide, as well as use of some ghost hunting equipment (or bring your own!) to see if you can connect with the other side. Find this and other events at the house on Facebook.

Haunted Wine and Beer Walk

On Oct. 27, head to Franklinville for The Woods at Bear Creek’s Haunted Wine and Craft Beer Walk. The 2-mile haunted walk in the woods is followed by dinner and a Halloween Party.

Get ready for a month of goosebump-inducing fun—your spooktacular haunted adventure awaits!