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Travel WNY: Haunts in the Southern Tier

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By Alicia Dziak

October is a month known for its falling leaves, pumpkins, treats and of course, the spooks. If you prefer a good scare to a kid-friendly environment during this month of thrills and chills, look no further than the Enchanted Mountains region, which has some terrifying fun in store.

Looking for a truly scary adventure? 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.

Calling all ghost hunters! Saturday, Oct. 14 is the First Overnight Ghost Hunt at Wildwood Sanitarium with Para Expeditions. Explore this haunted location at 71 Prospect Avenue in Salamanca, and try to make contact with the other side. Get your limited tickets in advance for only $89 (additional at the door if available). If you have your own ghost hunting gear bring it along (please limit it to hand held devices). The night includes dinner, snacks and soft drinks are included, and a guided experience. For more information, visit The  Wildwood on Facebook.

On Oct. 20, take a ghost tour and hunt of the Salamanca Area Historic Museum and Myers Steakhouse & Inn at Boos for Barks. The evening includes pre-hunt munchies at Myers Steakhouse, meet the Past & Present Paranormal team members, then continue on to the Museum for some spirit investigating and return to Myers to explore its upstairs and cap the night off with pizza and wings! Transportation is available to Museum and back.

Tickets $15 advance $17/door. Space is limited! Tickets are available at Myers Steakhouse and the Salamanca Historical Museum. For additional information contact Myers Steakhouse (945-3153) or Salamanca Historical Society (945-2946).

All proceeds to benefit EARS and the Salamanca Area Historical Society.

The haunted house in Hinsdale, located at 3830 Mcmahon Road, is perhaps the most famous haunted house in the area, and has all the elements of a good ghost story: a mysterious history, strange sightings, unexplainable events and even an exorcism.  Join Proof Paranormal for a three-hour ghost hunt before Halloween when Hinsdale House Restoration Project presents an exclusive ghost tour on Friday, Oct. 13. Your experience will include a tour of the grounds along with the historic building. You will get history and stories from your guide, as well as use of some ghost hunting equipment (or bring your own!) to see if you can connect with the other side. Several other events are planned at the house throughout the month. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/events/113309759348213.

Folks with a taste for the macabre will enjoy “The Haunted Playhouse” being held Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29 by Bradford Little Theatre at Togi’s Playhouse.The brainchild of director Brian Lewis, the experience will take participants in a twisting path through every room of the former church. Without describing the surprising scenes, Lewis said there will be something for everyone who enjoys the creepy, scary, horrifying and grisly, from typical Halloween fare to outright nightmares. The attraction is for mature audiences and children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Doors will creak open at the 18 Welch Avenue site at 6 p.m. each night and will swing closed at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 p.m. on Sundays. “The Haunted Playhouse” will be open rain or shine with a covered corn maze line and hay benches. Tickets at $10 per person are available online at bradfordlittletheatre.org and will be available at the door.  Tickets can also be purchased at Togi’s Restaurant and Graham Florist. All proceeds benefit BLT.

Get ready for a month of goosebump-inducing fun—your spooktacular haunted adventure awaits!

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