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Find a haunted hayride NY kids will love

In search of a haunted hayride? NY has some seriously spooky (and not-so-spooky) selections for kids!

Written by
Oliver Strand
Danielle Valente

Give your family a Halloween adventure with a haunted hayride: NY locations provides plenty of reasons to be thrilled and chilled, from creepy decorations to actors in scary costumes.

Sadly, due to new guidelines in 2020, many hayrides attractions are not running or have altered their plans. See each invidual venue for an update.

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But that doesn't mean Halloween is cancelled: You can still make the most out of harvest festivals for families or make like Charlie Brown and go pumpkin picking.

After you make it home safely, wrap up the weekend by watching one of the best Halloween movies for kids. Just don't be surprised if your brood wants to sleep in your bed tonight!

Find a haunted hayride: NY and beyond

Location: Hackettstown New Jersey

Update: The attraction is not running in 2020.
The Hayride of Horrors is a 45-minute roll through woods haunted by ghouls and other supernatural forces. But don't worry, there's a snack break...of cyanide cider and decomposing donuts! The hayride is open to all ages but parents should use their discretion, and all children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The haunted house is off-limits to children 7 and under—it is legitimately scary. All ages, haunted house 8 and up, corn maze all ages at parents' discretion

Location: Ballston Spa, New York

Update: This attraction will transition to a drive-thru event in 2020.
There's no telling what—or who—is waiting for you at this mecca of horror. When visitors arrive at the Upstate venue, they're led in a tractor-drawn wagon into the dark wood (a recipe for disaster in scary movies), and there's certainly plenty of features to make riders jump out of their skin. If you're not phased by the daunting moonlit antics, check out Double M's Walking Undead Prison or the shenanigans from the Schadenfreude Circus. Ages 8 and up, attendees under 14 must be accompanied by an adult


Location: Ulster Park, New York

Update: Offerings changed in 2020.
This massive Upstate venue registers high on the scary scale—the haunted hayride is strongly recommended for ages 13 and up, and children under the age of 7 are not allowed to take part uunder any circustances. That all changes on the Children's Day events when the venue shifts gears and becomes family-friendly. After the hayride, visitors can visit the other haunted attractions such as Dr. Dark's Spookarama Black Spider Circus Sideshow. Sound over the top? It is, and it's really fun. Ages 13 and up; all ages on Children's Day.

Location: Sleepy Hollow, New York

UPDATE: The attraction will not run in 2020.
Sleepy Hollow is Haloween Central, with spooky events held all week long. One of the highlights of the festivities is the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Hayride, which follows in the footsteps of Ichabod Crane—just when you start to think the ride won't be too creepy, you're whisked into the woods. Those who (ahem) keep their heads can join block party, and enjoy the music and children's activities. Ages 8 and up at parents' discretion 


5. Haunted Paintball Hayride at Creamy Acres Night of Terror

Location: Mullica Hill, New Jersey

Update: Rules have changed for 2020. Visit the event website to learn more about new safety measures.
Hey, the zombies have to meet their match somehow! Night of Terror in New Jersey offers a unique spin to a scary hayride—you climb on the wagon and fight off the zombie invasion by shooting mounted paintball guns at the walking dead. We're all for an active approach to Halloween scares! Ages 12 and up.

Haunted hayride alternatives

  • Things to do

There's no reason to sit out on the spookiest time of the year: Fantastic Halloween drive-thru events allow little ghosts and monsters to safely revel in seasonal scream-worthy fun. Pack up the car, add a few Halloween songs for kids to your playlist and venture on an outing: Whether you're taking a gander at the pumpkin paradise in Skylands Stadium Jack O'Lantern Experience or saying hello to Big Bird, Elmo and friends at the Sesame Place Halloween shindig, these drive-thru Halloween experiences are the perfect addition to your October calendar.

  • Things to do
  • Festivals

Aren't you scared? Well, that's just fine! When typing "Halloween activities near me" in Google, that's exactly what you want! There are many a fall festival that boast creepy and kooky fun: Boo at the Zoo has magic tricks, mind reading and walks through a "graveyard." The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze (which now has a second location) boasts 7,000+ expertly hand-carved jack o' lanterns that are worthy of a display. There's tons to choose from. While things are looking a little different this year, the party will still go on (safely).

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