By Alicia Dziak
Are you ready for some scary good fun? It’s Halloween, and whether you’re looking for tricks, treats or just plain fun, Ellicottville is just the place!
This year again, the Rotary Club of Ellicottville, Foundation for Youth and The American Legion sponsor a community Halloween party at the American Legion on Maples Road in Ellicottville.
On Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m., kids12 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, with candy and other treats for the kids! This party is free for children and has established itself as the place to be on Halloween.
This weekend is the last of the season to enjoy two popular attractions!
Looking for some good, old fashioned fall fun? There’s no better place than Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Road in Great Valley. Pumpkinville is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but only through Halloween.
This year, Universal Pictures has partnered with Pumpkinville for the 75th anniversary of the Curious George book series, as well as the upcoming Curious George movie. Visitors can explore the six-acre corn maze, which features Curious George leaping out of a jack-o-lantern.
Pumpkinville is your destination for all of your favorite seasonal delights, including fresh apples, homemade donuts, gourds, and so much more. Be sure to check out Pumpkinville’s restored 1870s cider mill in action, and enjoy a fresh glass of cider, too.
Children will enjoy the many free activities, like petting the farm animals, playing in the Corn TeePee and the Kiddie Spookum Barn, and meeting Perky, the Talking Pumpkin. Visitors can also purchase an activity wristband to get the full Pumpkinville experience and enjoy the farm pedal carts, country hayrides, cow train and the six-acre corn maze. Other activities for 2017 include the Pumpkin Jumpin’ Pillows, hayrides, and Gem Mining. New for 2017, the Apple Blasters are air compressed guns that visitors can use to fire apples at various metal targets.
For more info, visit www.pumpkinville.com or call (716)699-2205.
Looking for something a little scarier? Check out Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street, at 6319 Sommerville Valley Road in Ellicottville.
The nightmare hayride experience includes a 25-minute tractor-drawn hayride, a haunted wooden maze that twists and turns, a haunted barn, and a vortex tunnel. The hayride haunts include a full cast of clowns, witches, chainsaw men, scarecrows and anything and everything in between.
Visitors will also enjoy the snack shack on site that serves hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade soups and chilis.
Admission to the hayrides is $20 per person; 5 and under are free. The hayrides will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 29, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with the last ride running at 9:30. No reservations are needed.
For more info, visit www.nightmarehayride.com.
Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy all the spooktacular fun to be had before Oct. 31!