Harrowing Haunted Happenings

October greets us with chilling haunted houses, spirit seeking quests, haunted hayrides, and a symphony of horror! Want to get into the Halloween spirit all month long? Check out our picks for Cortland County’s frightening haunted happenings. Looking for something not so scary? We have those picks too!


Looking for a FREE and easy way to get from one Haunted House to the next? Catch a ride on the HAUNTED HOUSE HEARSE taking people for FREE from Lincoln Ave and Main St. Cortland to the CHILLER Haunted House at the Center for the Arts of Homer Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7-10pm as well as the JM McDonald Sports Complex Haunted House on Friday and Saturday night.

CHILLER Haunted House

October 25-27

The CHILLER Haunted House has relocated to the Homer Center for the Arts with added features likes a séance room and a live stage showing of the silent film classic Nosferatu with live score by the magnetic pull. Scared? You can take a scaredy cat non-scary tours too.

Tours run each night from 7 – 10 pm

Non-scary tours are 6 – 6:45 pm each night


Spirits in the Castle at the 1890 House Museum

October 26 – 28

Explore the Wickwire mansion after dark and learn about funeral customs, superstitions, and the story behind the death of Chester Wickwire. Then join psychic Anne Knight and Knightime Paranormal as they take you on an investigation of Cortland’s premier Haunted House!

Limited space. Advance tickets recommended.


Lime Hollow Nature Center’s Creatures of the Night

October 25

Something not hauntingly scary and great for the whole family! Take a guided hike by moonlight and meet some nocturnal creatures along the way. Enjoy storytelling by the fire afterwards.

Hikes run 5-8pm. Last hike leaves at 7:30 pm.


Cortland Halloween Parade

October 25

5:00 – 5:50 pm – Trick or Treating downtown at participating businesses. PARADE CHECK-IN and REGISTRATION PERIOD

6:00 – 6:15 pm – Parade lines up at the top of one-way Main Street 

6:15 pm – PARADE STARTS, travels down Main St., turns left at Court Street, right into municipal lot by fire station to Cortland Repertory Theatre


Haunted Hayrides at the Cortland Water Works

October 27

What lurks in the woods at the Cortland Water Works? More than just deer! Take a hayride and you wind through the trees and seek what hides in the dark.

Hayrides run from 6-9 pm both nights.


Zombie Walk

October 26

Put on your zombie best attire and do the zombie walk in Downtown Cortland. The walk starts outside the 1890 House Museum. Local food available during the walk!

The walk starts at 6 pm.


JM McDonald Sports Complex Haunted House

October 26 & 27

Longer and scarier this year! Enter if you dare.

Less scary tours 5-7 pm

More spooky tours 7-10 pm


Halloween Spooktacular

October 27

Get into the Halloween spirit (pun intended!) at the Finger Lakes Tasting & Tap Room. Costume party featuring live music by Car People

8 pm