Halloween is a mere few weeks away. There's still plenty of time to pick that perfect costume, but if a months' worth of holiday celebrating is in order, there are plenty of ways to do so, including heading out to some fun, yet scary haunted attractions.
From “The Walking Dead” to "The Vampire Diaries” to “Teen Wolf,” “The Originals,” “True Blood,” “Grimm,” “Supernatural,” “Bates Motel,” the new “Sleepy Hollow” and “Witches of East End,” the celebration of all things spooky seems to be a year-round holiday these days, but if horrific fun is sought outside the TV screen, haunted hayrides, houses and corn mazes are the perfect way to get a fix of zombies, vampires, psychotic serial killers, ghouls, werewolves, demented clowns, evil witches, creepy creatures, demons and/or the dead and undead.
Each haunted attraction has their special blend of Halloween fun to offer, but one thing is for certain; each is designed to scare horror-seekers out of their wits.
Provided is a list of some haunted attractions in the South Jersey and Philadelphia area. Hurry up to enjoy them all! Don’t forget to check out each website for prices, hours, directions, special events and other information. Safety and age recommendations for each attraction may also be listed.
Hollywood style sets, animated props, pyrotechnics, digital sound, computerized lighting, special effects and plenty of actors in full makeup can be found at The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride located at The Arasapha Farm in Glen Mills, PA. Bates Motel, which is consistently rated as one of the best haunts in America by HauntWorld and numerous other publications, offers three attractions: the Bates Motel Haunted House, Haunted Corn Maze and their star attraction, the Haunted Hayride, which has thrilled visitors for over 20 years. A full size western ghost town, abandoned gold mine, an insane asylum, giant monsters, floating spirits, “alive” floor boards and lifelike feeding werewolves (“Teen Wolf,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “True Blood” fans will probably enjoy that one) are just some of the sets and props awaiting visitors. Website: www.thebatesmotel.com
Zombies and dark fairytale characters are huge in popular culture right now, and both can be found at The Valley of Fear and the Original Haunted Hayride located in Feasterville, PA. The Zombie Escape Maze at The Valley of Fear gives horror seekers the chance to run, crawl and/or scream as they try to escape hordes of zombies. Besides the Zombie Escape Maze, The Valley of Fear offers two other attractions: The Original Haunted Hayride and Scary Tales. Scary Tales, a haunted forest maze, turns friendly fairy tale characters into freaky-looking creatures more “Grimm” then “Once Upon a Time.” (Well, Rumpelstiltskin on "Once Upon A Time" is quite creepy-looking). As for their hayride, an independent website, FrightTour.com called it, “one of the best we have ever been on.” Haunted Hayrides of Delaware Valley, Inc., the operating company for The Valley of Fear and the Original Hayride, has been scaring visitors for over 20 years. Website: www.valleyoffear.com
Sleepy Hollow at Active Acres Farm in Newtown, PA offers three attractions: Sleepy Hollow Hayride, Field of Fright and Midnight Productions Haunted House in the Hollow. AAA listed the haunted house as one of the country’s premiere haunted attractions. Visitors walk through 17 rooms and a cemetery in this theatrical attraction, which contains secret passages and special effects. “It is a true ghost story come to life,” according to Sleepy Hollow's website. The hayride, which has been entertaining customers for over 20 years, and the cornfield provide additional fun and scares. Website: www.sleepyhollowhayride.com
Zombies, deranged clowns, chainsaw carrying scarecrows, deformed cannibals and a frozen wasteland are some of the surprises that await visitors of Night of Terror located at Creamy Acres in Mullica Hill, NJ. This farm, which was featured on HGTV Scariest Haunted Houses in 2012, presents six attractions as part of Night of Terror: Slaughter Cave, Zombie Mayhem, 3D Fun House, Frozen Tundra, Ride of Terror and a Cornfield Maze. New this year, separate from Night of Terror, is an Interactive Haunted Paintball Hayride, in which riders use mounted paintball guns and balls to shoot at moving props, scenes and…live zombies. Website: www.nightofterror.com
Indian Acres Tree Farm in Medford, NJ turns into Eerie Acres each Halloween season. Zombies, a voodoo village, a witch doctor, psycho ward, the Bermuda Triangle, a cemetery and more await visitors as they walk through the haunted trails. This weekend, October 11 – 13, Eerie Acres will be celebrating the premiere of “The Walking Dead” with zombie-oriented games, contests, giveaways, prizes, costumes & more. People can dress up like a zombie and receive a prize. Website: www.eerieacreshaunt.com
Warning: Do not attend haunted attractions if you have certain medical issues (for instance; asthma, heart conditions, seizures, etc.)