7 Haunted Wagon Rides in New England to Visit for Spooky Fun in October

Halloween is almost here, and a great way to experience the thrill of the season is to take a haunted wagon ride.

Across New England, several local farms, groups, and recreation venues hold annual haunted wagon rides for those who dare to be scared.

Check out the list below of some places in New England where you can ride for a fun and spooky night out.

witch woodWestford, MA

Located in the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, this haunted cart ride promises encounters with a host of menacing monsters, caution while the driver sits in the center of the tractor, guests are “vulnerable to attack” seated along the sides of the vehicle.

Witch’s Woods noted that riders may see “one or two witches dashing through the trees” or an “increasing number of ghouls”, and as the wagon goes deeper into the woods, expect this that werewolves and zombies are attracted to “the smell of human flesh”.

Tickets to Witch’s Woods are $44 and can be purchased on line. The site’s haunted Halloween attractions take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October, in addition to Halloween Day on Monday, October 31, according to the website.

Notably, guests may not wear costumes, costume masks or makeup while at Witch’s Woods, the venue said.

In addition to the haunted wagon ride, visitors to Witch’s Woods can enjoy five other haunted attractions, including the “Vampire Passage,” “Castle Morbid,” and the “Jack O’Lantern Jamboree,” according to Witch’s Woods.

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Haunted Hayride Farm FearSouth Hadley, Mass.

Started in 1991 by Dan Augusto, then 25, who wanted to turn his passion for Halloween into a profitable business – in partnership with late South Hadley farmer Don McCray of McCray’s Farm, this half hour wagon ride spread over 165 acres of land has grown in size and popularity since its inception.

Fear on the Farm – a family business – said each year it added more and more with scenes becoming “scarier and more interactive”. It has more than 30 years of business under its belt, spooking “young and old” through positive word of mouth to become “the most talked about haunted attraction in Western Massachusetts,” according to its website. .

General admission to Fear on Farm with access to the Monster Mash haunted house and other farm attractions costs $30, while a fast pass to the front of the line costs $50. Cash is accepted with Visa and Master Card credit cards, according to Fear on the Farm.

Skip-the-line tickets can only be purchased online, but general admission tickets can be purchased online or onsite during opening nights, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The haunted attractions site operates every Friday and Saturday in October in addition to the last four Sundays of the month, he said. McCray’s Farm is located at 55 Alvord St. in South Hadley.

Guests must wear appropriate footwear to enter and Fear on the Farm Noted guests assume all risk, while cautioning those with certain health conditions.

Revenge in the ValleyGuilford, Vermont

This double Halloween thriller at the Gaines family farm — located just across the Massachusetts state line from Interstate 91 — features a haunted wagon ride in addition to a corn maze.

The hayride’s tractor-drawn cart will take guests through the “twisting twists of the demented valley”, where Vengeance in the Valley warns guests not to let their guard down “for there is no noise, no walls that can stop demons.”

The haunted hayride is $15, while the haunted corn maze is $13, but guests can get a combo ticket for $25. Tickets can only be purchased in cash at an on-site box office and Vengeance in the Valley is open from 6:30-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October from October 7-29.

The Gaines Farm Haunted Hay Wagon Ride has been in operation since 1994, when it began as a fundraiser for a college class trip, Vengeance in the Valley said. Those who don’t wish to partake in the scares can choose to spend the evening enjoying apple cider and fried dough next to a bonfire.

Gaines Farm is located at 6343 Coolidge Highway, or US Route 5, in Guilford.

The Century Sportsman’s Club Haunted Hayride and Spooky Walk. Photo courtesy of Century Sportsman’s Club.

Century Sportsman’s Club Haunted HayrideAuburn, MA

Located at 531 Rochdale St. in Auburn, this haunted and spooky ride currently runs every Friday and Saturday night in October and is in its 23rd year of operation, according to the Century Sportsman’s Club, which noted that it is of an all-volunteer organization that puts on the event.

The three hayride carriages start operating at 7 p.m. and run every 20 minutes until the last carriage departs at 10 p.m., the group said, adding that each carriage can hold about 15 to 25 people.

Tickets are $20 per person and admission is free for children under three. Groups of 20 or more receive $2 off per ticket when purchased online with a discount code.

In addition to the haunted attractions, the sports club also has food trucks and a bar set up and open to customers. Guests are encouraged to come in costume and the event is considered “family friendly” and “fun for children of all ages”, according to the Century Sportsman’s Club.

The Century Sportsman's Club Haunted Hayride in Auburn

The Century Sportsman’s Club Haunted Hayride and Spooky Walk. Photo courtesy of Century Sportsman’s Club.

Seven Cedars Farm Haunted HayrideSmithfield, Rhode Island

According to Seven Cedars Farm, this haunted hay ride is now in its ninth year of operation, and is evolving to include multiple changes, additions and new sites along the way, while retaining several “fan favourites”, a he added.

Visitors to this wagon ride can expect to traverse twists and turns on 21 acres of wooded trails, Seven Cedars Farm said, noting that “you’ll never know what’s waiting around the bend.”

The ride costs $15 per person and is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in addition to 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays in October, he added. The wagon ride will not be open on Halloween.

There is no reservation for tickets and they can only be purchased on site upon arrival in cash or by card, depending Seven Cedars Farm.

The attraction is also handicapped accessible, Seven Cedars Farm said. The venue is located at 20 John Mowry Road in Smithfield.

Scary Acres RIHope Village, Rhode Island

Scary Acres RI offers three “terrifying” attractions, including the Dark Harvest Hayrides that take riders through its “haunted town,” according to its website. You can also explore the “Burial Ground Cornfield” and “The Curse of the Bayou”.

Tickets are only available in advance and cannot be purchased at the door. Those interested in visiting Scary Acres can purchase either a combo ticket for $30 per normal night or $35 per peak night – which are the last three Fridays and Saturdays of October. Tickets are available for online purchase.

Scary Acres RI is located in Confreda Greenhouses and Farms at 2150 Scituate Avenue in Hope Village, in the city limit area between Scituate and West Cranston.

Customers are requested to arrive 15 minutes prior to their ticket time. Scary Acres RI is open Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7-10 p.m. on weekends from mid-September through October. It is not open on Halloween night.

Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England Haunted HayrideLitchfield, NH

Described as ‘no kiddie ride through the pumpkin patch’ and ‘your worst nightmare’, Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England said the 1 mile journey by cart will have guests ‘tortured by horrors dark woods”.

Lasting 20 minutes, Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England said what a horseman experiences in the woods “will forever be etched into your soul and leave you crying for escape”.

He added that the group’s haunted wagon ride is “like you’ve never experienced before”, complete with a spider-infested campground and a snowy nightmarish neighborhood.

The site is located five minutes from Manchester, New Hampshire, and a 45-minute drive north of Boston, Spooky World presents Nightmare New England said.

Starting with the 2022 season, Spooky World only allows customers to buy online tickets and it accepts most major credit cards except American Express. A general admission ticket costs around $40 with additional fees, while a VIP admission ticket costs around $60 with fees. Parking at Spooky World is $5.