With a huge number of options for haunted hayrides this Halloween, there’s no reason to settle for anything but the best. The top options stand out from all others — they may have a unique theme, clever mechanics, or expert actors, for instance — but they all have one thing in common: they will scare you silly. Being a haunted attraction ourselves, we know what to look for, so we’ve compiles a list of great hayrides around the country. If Maryland is a bit to far for a road trip, check out some of these haunts that might be a bit closer! Of course, if you’re up for the drive or live nearby, you won’t want to miss Legends of the Fog in Aberdeen, Maryland. Here’s a list of some very well known and legendary hayrides from around the country!
In no particular order, here are the top Halloween hayrides in the United States:
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
This year, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride has picked the disturbing yet creative theme of the Secret Society of Samhain. Attendees become part of the experience the moment they walk through the gate, judged as belonging to either the elite or the deranged part of society, and are sent down the appropriate path. This leads the two groups to different experiences. At times, you will need to leave the relative safety of the hay wagon to confront ghosts of the hayride past.
While visiting the haunted hayride at the Old Zoo Area in Griffith Park, you will also find several other attraction. There is a dark maze called Ouija, Origin of Evil, a House of Shadows, Trick or Treating in a suburb of Hell, and Purgatory haunted village.
Night Terrors Haunted Hayride
Created by Wiard’s Cider Mill and Apple Orchard, Night Terrors is an award-winning scream park near Metro Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The park is designed to be very scary for adults, meaning it is not recommended for children under the age of 10.
The haunted hayride lasts 20 minutes and is based around a story: when the orchard moved to Merritt Road, the owners began giving torchlit rides along the path in the backwoods. One day, the horses spooked and the wagon crashed, trapping the riders beneath it. The torches set the wood on fire and there were no survivors. Years later, a trespasser became the first person to return to the scene and was faced with terrifying ghosts. Riders of the hayride can see these ghouls for themselves — if they dare.
Along with the hayride, Night Terrors features five other attractions: Splattertown Paintball, The Ultimate Haunted Barn, The Asylum, Alien Caged Clowns, and The Mined Shaft. Spread throughout the park are more than 115 “live” monsters.
Spooky Ranch Haunted Hayride
Spooky Ranch in Columbia Station, near Cleveland, Ohio, goes all out for every attraction. The 25-minute Famous Haunted Hayride runs through the Forest of Fear, a misty setting filled with monsters, some up to 30 feet tall. To increase scares, the venue uses high-tech scenes and sets with pyrotechnics and actors. However, what makes it most unique is probably the intentional use of humor combined with scary surprises to increase enjoyment. The ride is suitable for everyone from children and teens to adults and grandparents.
The park also offers a diverse range of additional attractions. The Extreme Nightmares Haunted House is gory, suitable for older visitors only. There is also a haunted barn, Bloodslingers Saloon, and Monster Vision in 3-D.
Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride
In Ulster Park, New York, you will find Headless Horseman, a huge scream park with six haunted houses, a corn maze, a circus sideshow, and, of course, a hayride. Combined, these attractions have won seven prizes and the park is widely considered to be one of the scariest Halloween venues.
The mile-long hayride, called Horseman’s Spawn, is based around a mythical story about the daughters of the Horseman, one of whom moved to the forest and became friend of the gremlins and trolls, the other the most powerful of all vampires. You will meet both and many more characters if you venture into the woods.
New York Haunted Hayride
From the creators of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride comes New York Haunted Hayride. In only its second year in existence, it has already become a Halloween icon. Designed to be as scary as possible, it features all your nightmares, including psychotic clowns, demons, and killers. You will travel on a hay wagon through hillbilly country to meet a variety of original monsters.
Now three times as large, the venue also features the House of Shadows dark maze and Purgatory haunted village. This gives visitors on the East coast the chance to experience all the same scares as those across the country in LA.
Hanna Haunted Acres
Renovated for fresh scares this year, Hanna Haunted Hayride offers all the classic scares. Even patrons from past years will find plenty of new surprises. Board the tractor-drawn wagon and take a terrifying drive through woods filled with real and animated creatures. Everything is shrouded in fog, giving the place a creepy, mysterious feel.
Also at Hanna Haunted Acres in Indianapolis are some unique attractions: Carnevil (a three-dimensional horror light show), Outbreak haunted town, Hooded (an experience where you must wear a cloth hood and face scares — for visitors over the age of 13), and Field of Fiends corn maze.
Witch’s Woods Haunted Hayride
Set in the forest in Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Massachusetts, Witch’s Woods offers a hayride that is both classic and different. Packed with creeps, you never know what to expect next. There are witches in the trees, howling werewolves, zombies, and even spirits of lumberjacks with the strength to cut down your flimsy wagon. The attraction uses strobe lights to enhance effects.
You’ll also have the chance to visit a few more attractions on site. There is Castle Morbid, Nightmare Mansion, The Keeper’s Crypt, Horrorwood Chamber of Chills, and Vampire Passage. For something other than scares, the venue features a jack o’lantern jamboree with hundreds of pumpkins carved by professionals into famous Halloween characters.
Double M Haunted Hayride
Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa in upstate New York is the capital district’s number one haunted attraction. It has been in operation now for more than 25 years. Its haunted woods are home to the main attraction — the haunted hayride itself, which lasts from 30 to 40 minutes. Visitors board a tractor-drawn wagon with a narrator, who explains what is out there in the darkness and tries to keep riders safe on the precarious journey. At every turn, there is a new surprise and more screams.
The venue also hosts the Walking Undead (a zombie apocalypse experience), Salvage (a haunted junkyard), Last Inn (a combination of haunted hotel and maze), the Museum of Horrors, and Schadenfreude Circus. None of the attractions are recommended for children under the age of 8. On the midway, you’ll also find interactive creatures, music, carnival games, concessions stands, souvenirs, and photo booths.
Niles Scream Park & Haunted Hayride
With a new route and new set every year, even if you attended Niles Scream Park last year, you’ll have no idea what to expect on the Dark Terrortory Haunted Hayride. Unlike many attractions, you become involved in the experience along an interactive trail and take part in a number of adventures in the backwoods. This includes scares from indescribable ghouls and intriguing mysteries combined with plenty of action.
Located in Niles, Michigan, the scream park also hosts a haunted house, Krampus: A Christmas Curse, Cabin 13, The Field of Screams, Zendor Presents: Murphy’s Law – If It Can Go Wrong, It Will, and a midway with a selection of entertainment, including shows, games, contests, and food.
If you want to gain the maximum enjoyment out of your Halloween this year, attend one (or more!) of these haunted hayrides.
Legends of the Fog Haunted Attractions & Haunted Hayride
We’d be remiss not to mention our very own hayride! Come October, our sleepy sod farm transforms itself into one of the best scream parks in the country. What makes it so good? The open spaces, creative scenes, and the fact that there are 4 haunted attractions for the price of one. The hayride is one of the best in the country because of the variety of the route. Riders can expect an adventurous ride through haunted woods, swamp, junkyards, buildings, cemetery, and even small shack towns. If you’re debating on a bunch of different options, the variety of the hayride paired with the variety of having other amazingly crafted attractions, make this a one-stop Halloween destination. If you’re in MD, DC, or VA, and looking for one thrill a year, this is your hayride.
Located outside of Baltimore, MD, makes this hayride easy to get to, because it’s close to highly populated areas and right off of the main interstate.