Some of the season's best events
Harvest and Halloween Events
Through October 31
Great Pumpkin Farm
The annual Great Pumpkin Fall Festival harvest celebration, which has grown to be one of the largest family events in the region, is all about wholesome fun, food, and seasonal goods. The Pumpkin Farm is open from 10 a.m. to dusk through October 31. During the week, the Pumpkin Palace is open to buy Halloween decorations and gifts, old fashioned candy, apple cider, and baked goods. Guests can also enjoy a petting zoo, hay maze, and playground. Weekend events include Pumpkin Farm Olympics, the Annual Pumpkin Drop, shows and entertainment, amusement rides, and more, including a Pumpkin Weigh-Off October 5–6 and a trebuchet contest October 19–20.
10 a.m.–dusk at Great Pumpkin Farm (11199 Main Street, Clarence)
Come if you dare...but don’t come alone! Becker Farms’ Haunted Hayride and phylotec have been scaring the “yell” out of unsuspecting victims for years. Bring your friends and family, Scouts or sports groups along to this spooky Halloween tradition. Various dates; check website for schedule.
(3724 Quaker Road, Gasport)
Great Pumpkin Farm
Start a new harvest tradition and visit Clarence’s most famous farm. Spend the day trying every activity and end the afternoon with those donuts and cider you’ve been dreaming of since July. Weekdays are free!
Every day 10 a.m. till dusk
at Great Pumpkin Farm
(11199 Main Street, Clarence)
Haunted History Ghost Walk: Orchard Park
If lost graveyards, after-death visitations, settler-era spooks, and neighborhood ghosts don’t scare you, the Haunted History Ghost Walk through historic Orchard Park may be just the stroll for you.
Days TBD, 7–8:30 p.m. at SPoT Coffee
(6519 E. Quaker Street, Orchard Park)
Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street
This hayride in Ellicottville is guaranteed to haunt your dreams. Legend has it, this nightmare hayride is the scariest in Western New York. Are the rumors true? Find out if you dare.
Sept. 27 through Nov. 3, every Fri.–Sun., 7:30–9:30 p.m.
(6319 Sommerville Valley Road, Ellicottville)
Pumpkinville Great Valley
Bring the family, the neighbors, and the friendly household ghosts to Pumpkinville for free fun activities to get you all in the Halloween and Harvest spirit.
Through Oct. 31, open daily at 9 a.m.
(4844 Sugartown Rd., Great Valley)
Cambria Corn Maze
Created by John and Leanna Ohol,
co-owners of Loho Farms, to get the word out about the importance of farming and agriculture and agritourism while having fun. Take every turn and get lost in the Cambria Corn Maze this fall. Find your way through two-acres of the tallest corn stalks to discover the pumpkins, refreshments, and local produce on the other side.
Thursday–Sunday, check website for schedule
(5274 Lockport Junction Road, Route 270, Cambria)
Fall Foliage Train Rides
Ride a vintage diesel and see the most beautiful hills of Western New York as the leaves change colors!
Fri., Sat., & Sun., check website for times
Arcade & Attica Railroad
(278 Main St., Arcade)
October 5, 12, 19, & 26
Marble Orchard Ghost Walk
On this ninety-minute walk, the Marble Orchard Players take you back in time as they share ghost stories, myths, and tales of tragedy, crime, mayhem, and murder, the grim and ghastly deeds of Lewiston’s best…and worst.
476 Center Street, Lewiston,
Halloween Spooktacular at The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
Spooktacular is great for even the youngest members of the family. So, put on your favorite costume, and join in the fun! Visitors can play games, make crafts, have a snack, watch volunteer woodcarvers carve pumpkins, or have a frighteningly good time in the STEAM Scream House.
5:30–8 p.m. at Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
(180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda)
The Fall Festival in Ellicottville is arguably the oldest and largest and takes place when the surrounding hills are ablaze with autumnal color. This lively weekend includes unique foods, fine art, an arts and crafts show, carnival rides, live entertainment, and much more.
Starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 and 10 a.m. Oct. 12 & 13
Celebrate all things creepy and crawly! Learn about some spooky plants while making some fun crafts to take home. Then, enjoy some Halloween treats and tidbits. Visit the 4-H Farm and the Bookmobile! Show off your costume: parade lineup begins at 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. in the main dome. The parade travels in a circle through the greenhouses of BOOtanical delights!
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens
(2655 S. Park Avenue)
October 19 & 20
Harvest Moon Cemetery Tours
Festivals Fredonia hosts horse-drawn trolley tours through one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Western New York. Hear the tales of the founding families, local heroes, and some of the most notorious villains from around
Every half hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Gazebo at West Barker Commons
Church St., Downtown Fredonia
Rocky Horror Picture Show Party
It’s back for another year! Doors open at 9:30 with a pre-show extravaganza beginning at 10 p.m., featuring The Eye Candy Burlesque Vixens and Ladies of Illusion. The party continues with a costume contest with prizes for the Best Rocky Horror Costume, Most Creative, and Sexiest! At midnight, the shadow cast of The Francis Bacon Experiment will be performing with the film in front of the silver screen.
9:30 p.m. at Riviera Theatre
(67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda)
October 25 & 26
Spooky One-Act Play Festival
Here’s a fresh program of six new Halloween-themed plays that will feature local playwrights, actors, and directors.
7:30 p.m. at University Heights Community Laboratory (COLAB)
(9 West Northrup Place)
A Magical Spooktacular
Wands Up! An interactive story of magic in the orchestra comes to life with The Conductor’s Spellbook. Wear your costume and join the parade across the Kleinhans stage.
2:30 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall
(3 Symphony Circle)