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A Spooky Good Time

By Alicia Yeager, ALCS Student Correspondent

There are many interesting Halloween events going on in the area this year, and if you’re up for a good scare, gather some friends and family and get ready for a screaming good time.

The Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street in Great Valley is “known to be the scariest haunted attraction of Western New York.” From Oct. 5–28, visitors can get the scare of their lives. The attraction is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30-9 p.m.

According to John Kent, he and his wife have been operating the hayrides for 22 years.

“We get people from all over the country,” he said. “These people drive three to four to five hours [to get here]. It’s amazing.”

With seven continuously operating tractors and around 70 freight workers there simply to scare you, it’s a great time. The hayride consists of a 25-minute tractor ride down a haunted path with live creatures, a wooden maze, and haunted barn with a vortex tunnel, with the whole experience lasting 40 minutes.

The cook shack offering hot and cold drinks homemade soups, chilies, and cookies is located near a pavilion with picnic tables where visitors can eat, laugh and talk about their scary experiences.

Kent said, “It’s a fun thing for families and for both young and old. There are a lot of screams and a lot of laughter.”

The haunted barn was just updated last year and every year there is something new. This year, visitors can take a ride on the mechanical bull while bounce houses entertain the younger set for an additional fee.

The rides cost only $17 per person and those under age 5 are free. The place is huge and brings in larger crowds with each passing year.

“You will run into spots [on the hayride] that will raise the hair on the back of your neck,” Kent said.

The hayrides are exciting, thrilling and, of course, a scary good time for families and people of all ages. For any questions, call (716) 699-4839.

Another fun Halloween event going on is at Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater located at 39 West Main St. in Gowanda, N.Y. From Oct. 26 – 28 and Oct. 31, the haunted theater will be open from 6–9 p.m.

It’s $3 a person to get in and everyone under 5 is free. All of the proceeds from the event will go directly to the restoration of the Hollywood Theater.

You can also tour another haunted building by visiting the Haunted Dudley Hotel on every Friday and Saturday in October from 7–11 p.m. The hotel is located at 132 Main St. in Salamanca.

“It changes every year,” according to the front desk. “[The people in charge of the event] keep it pretty secret. We never really know what’s going on until it happens, just like everyone else that attends.” There are new surprises every year!

A typical tour lasts between 15-20 minutes. There is a $12 admission or a $10 admission with student ID. Everyone under 5 is free. The rating of the event is PG-13, so beware! There are “real ghosts, real terror, a real haunted basement, and real haunted rooms.”

The guided tour starts from the hotel’s lobby and continues up the staircase to the first floor, where Halloween monsters will greet guests, including some familiar Hollywood characters. The tour carries on along the first floor’s main hallway, and then proceeds down two flights of stairs to the hotel’s 143-year-old basement where there have been multiple reported ghost sightings. Some people have claimed that one of the ghosts seen in the hotel is Charles Dudley, the man who built the original hotel, then known as the Dudley House. If you have any questions about the spooky event, call (716) 945-2002.

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