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Scary Good Halloween Fun in Ellicottville

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By Alicia Dziak

It’s that time of year again when sweets and treats meet thrills and chills. Halloween is coming up, and you won’t want to miss all the spooktacular fun in and around Ellicottville!

For wholesome family fun, head to Pumpkinville, where you can spend a few hours or a full day. Peanuts fans will love that Pumpkinville has been named an official Peanuts Worldwide partner and one of the top 10 corn mazes in the United States. The designation as “one of the most sincere pumpkin patches in America,” is part of a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved animated film, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. As an official partner, this year’s corn maze has a Peanuts theme, along with the WYRK-FM Country 106.5 logo, which sponsors the maze. This season’s new attraction is the Pumpkinville Express, a seven-minute train ride around the pumpkin patch.

Of course, returning faves will be on site. Enjoy the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows, Farm Pedal Carts, Country Hayride, Cow Train, Punchin’ Pumpkin Race, Singing Chicken Show, Farm Animals, Kiddie Spookum Barn and so much more. Of course, you can’t forget the food, which includes famous donuts, a new pumpkin-flavored funnel cake topped with cream cheese and homemade caramel sauce, chicken BBQ, kettle corn, ice cream, fudge, pies, cider, apples and much more. Visit www.pumpkinville.com for more details.

On Monday, Oct. 31, the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, Foundation for Youth and The American Legion will once again sponsor a community Halloween party at the American Legion on Maples Road in Ellicottville.

From 6 to 8 p.m., kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to trick or treat at this indoor location.  Games, crafts, hay rides (weather permitting) and scary fun for the whole family; free for children. Donation boxes will be at the entrance for The Rotary Foundation for Youth, and its many worthwhile causes.  If you would like to donate candy/prizes or volunteer, please contact Colleen Blanchard at (716) 699-8066.

Looking for some truly scary fun? Check out Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street, and face your fears.

Check out Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street, 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 open weekends only, through Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.nightmarehayride.com.

For the ghost hunters, how about dinner and a sleepover at a local haunted house on Oct. 21? The Haunted Hinsdale House, perhaps the most famous haunted house in the area, has all the elements of a good ghost story: a mysterious history, strange sightings, unexplainable events and even an exorcism. Your ghost hunt at The Haunted Hinsdale House includes a pizza dinner, a brief history talk, ghost hunting vigils, séances, exclusive access to the basement and to the upstairs, use of ghost hunting equipment and more. For more info, visit www.ghosthuntsusa.com/collections/the-haunted-hinsdale-house. Various other haunted events also take place here throughout the fall season.

If haunted buildings are right up your alley, now’s your chance to discover for yourself if Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater is really haunted.  At the annual Horror at the Hollywood, make your way through the old theater full of creatures from the night and scary passages throughout. This event will run Friday, Oct. 28,  6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29,  6-9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, 6-8p.m and Monday, Oct. 31,  6-9p.m.

All proceeds benefit the restoration of the Hollywood Theater.  Admission is $5, and kids ages 5 and under are free. For more information, visit www.gowandahollywoodtheater.com. Read more about their restoration efforts, see photos on the progress and the inside of the Theater, and see what other upcoming events they will be hosting on the Hollywood Theater web site.

Whether you prefer to be scared or just amused, there is Halloween fun to be had by all! Spend this October enjoying all the hauntingly entertaining festivities the area has to offer.

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