The Town of Ahoskie host the event annually. It runs for one night, October 31. Hayrides begin at 6:45pm, but I definitely recommend getting there earlier. This even is extremely popular and lines get very long, typically stretching through the entire front of the building and wrapping around the back of the Rural Fire Department. Several hayrides run at a time and they hold a lot of people, so the line moves pretty quickly.
Each hayride is powered, not by horses, but by tractors so they're move faster than a horse drawn ride. The ride ventures into the woods and it is very dark, so be sure that young children who are brave enough to participate are seated in the middle of the hayride. The darkness of the forest, along with the screams of the passengers will be scary for them. Also, psycho killers like to jump onto the hayride itself and reach out to the people sitting on the sides and back. They also enjoy running the chainsaws against the sides of the hayride and swinging them wildly in the air. I wouldn't recommend this hayride for young children, as it is very realistic and LOUD. Also if there is a family member that has difficulty stepping up to a high platform, or down from one, this may prove to be a little dangerous for them. There are always attendants there to assist you in boarding and exiting he hayride, but I would use discretion with the elderly.
If you aren't of fan of being scared to death, no worries! There are lots of other things to do at the Carnival that is being held the same night in the gym. They'll be having a costume contest for the children so be sure to bring the kids in their most unique costume. It's always fun to see what people are wearing, and seeing the smiles on the faces of the children when they spot a character that they recognize. There is no cost to enter the contest, but you must register when you arrive.