As the leaves on the trees are falling, the Halloween decorations are out and high schools are gearing up for football playoffs, fun activities for everyone are bountiful this season. Whether it has to do with being scared or drinking cider, you'll be sure to find something to do around Western New York. Here are a few ideas:
The Great Pumpkin Farm: 11199 Main St., Clarence. Admission is $5. Activities, which take place on the weekends, include pie eating, face painting, corn mazes, scarecrow making, a petting zoo and tractor rides. A carnival is also located on the premises. Info: www.greatpumpkinfarm.com.
House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs: 3757 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Six haunted houses for teenage frights: Hell House, Buried Alive, Jungle Rot, Gas Chamber, Body Harvesters and Wicked Freak Show 3D. General admission is $15 and a VIP Screampass is $22. Open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Info: www.houseofhorrorsbuffalo.com.
Ghost Hunt at the Central Terminal: from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 29. Tickets cost $50. Spend the night conducting a paranormal investigation in the Central Terminal with Beyond Ghosts staff on hand to help. Comfortable shoes and a flashlight are required, and cameras, digital voice recorders and other related equipment is recommended. Info: buffalocentralterminal.org.
Lockport Haunted Caves: Explore the mysteries of the Erie Canal and the Lockport Caves on a 70-minute tour. The tours are are held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on select dates through Oct. 30. Admission is $15. Info: lockportcave.com.
Nightmare Hayrides on Sommerville Street: Located at 319 Sommerville Valley Road in Ellicottville, the 25-minute hayride takes riders down a hillside filled with scary creatures. After the hayride, riders go through a haunted maze and a haunted barn featuring a vortex tunnel. A pavilion for sharing stories is provided for guests. Open from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $15; children 5 and under are free. Info: www.nightmarehayride.com.
The Maize: Part of a national chain of corn mazes located at 3901 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. Open through Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, which are designated as Flashlight Nights. General admission is $8; free for children 3 and under; and a combo pass is $15. Info: www.themaize.com.
Mayer Brothers Cider Mill: Best known for their apple cider, the cider mill's general store sells plenty of fall goods, like doughnuts, pies, strudels, jams, syrups and Halloween candy. Located at 3300 Transit Road, West Seneca. Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Info: www.mayerbrothers.com.
Robert Creenan is a senior at Clarence High School.