Maximum Scares at Nightmare Hayrides
By Caitlin Croft
Starting Sept. 30, prepare to be scared as the Nightmare Hayrides return to Sommerville Valley.
This spooktacular event is hosted by John and Karen Kent on their farm, which is also the location of the Ellicottville Rodeo. This year marks their 26th Halloween season offering the “scariest hayride” around.
“That title was earned from the thousands of satisfyingly scared patrons we have had over the years,” says John Kent. They even earned a spot on popular Step Out Buffalo’s “Ultimate Fall Bucket List” for 2016. “We are now the only (haunted) hayride in WNY, as the other venues now only provide haunted barns and buildings.”
Along with the hayride, you can enter a few other super-scary haunted features, including the Gothic Chamber, Haunted Wooden Maze and the Haunted Barn, featuring the Vortex Tunnel. All activities are included in the admission price. “We have a few new features this year that we want to keep under wraps as not to take away from the scare value,” said John.
“Some of the haunts are scarier than others and our patrons are not shy about telling us if they are not scared enough,” John noted. “This is the kind of feedback we love and makes our workers strive to get the perfect scare every time.”
While you are there, be sure to fill up on the homemade soups Karen prepares: corn chowder, cheeseburger chowder and chili are just a few of the featured soups.
“People beg for the cheeseburger chowder,” John said. “We can never have enough of it!”
Along with the soups, there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, delicious taco in a bag and other refreshments.
Nightmare Hayrides run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 30. Admission is $19; children 5 and under are free. Reservations are not necessary.
Seven tractors run continuously and Kent assures us that “if there’s a line, we will keep going until every person leaves scared.” So stop by and help the Kent’s celebrate 26 years of spooks and scares…if you dare!
Nightmare Hayrides is located at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road. For more info, visit www.nightmarehayride.com.