A hayride, also known as a hayrack ride, is a traditional American activity consisting of a recreational ride in a wagon pulled by a tractor, horses or a truck. which has been loaded with hay or straw for comfortable seating. Hayrides traditionally have been held as celebratory activities, usually in connection to celebration of the Autumn harvest.
Contemporary hayrides are often organized commercially, providing an additional source of income for farms or existing on their own as an enfranchised activity during the fall season. During fall, a hayride may feature a stop at a pumpkin patch where passengers can pick a pumpkin or be dropped off to pick apples. Hayrides may also deliver customers to the entrance of a corn maze.
Hayrides on Halloween are often dubbed as 'haunted hayrides'. These hayrides sometimes incorporate special effects and actors portraying ghosts, monsters, and other spooky creatures to attract thrill-seekers and capitalize on the Halloween season.
Despite the fact that hayrides are typically regarded as a lighthearted activity, there have been incidents where hayrides have flipped or veered off-road and resulted in injuries or death. Other accidents, such as the Cormier-Village hayride accident, can occur when hayrides collide with other vehicles on or near roads.