Fear is a basic emotion. We feel fear from infancy through adulthood. We fear the unknown. Some say we learn fear while others say we are born with it. Many search for the thrill of fear during the month of October.
Travel 54 miles north from Peoria, IL to Princeton, IL and you will find FEAR! Join the ghouls and zombies while they celebrate their 10th anniversary of Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. The 2013 season has something for everyone. The best way to described this attraction is as a haunted experience. Fear awaits you in the haunted barns, take a ride into the unknown night on the hay rack ride, visit and chat with a real paranormal author and ghost investigator, enjoy a free performance from Frankenstein while visiting the tame Nightmare Hotel. Wrap up your evening with ghostly vittles and devil's spit at Mummy's concessions and warm your chattering bones at the roaring bonfire.
Dave Mead, a main creator of the haunt expressed the main goal of their haunt is to "draw from a diverse cross section to our somewhat isolated location". Although central Illinois has many haunted attractions. You know the ones you visit where you see the same things every year and spooks are in the same place. The Nightmare crew feels it is important to change the attraction yearly to meet the needs of their audience.
After asking Dave what he felt made a great haunt, he replied "haunted attractions are divided into the three parts. The three are scare art, prop art and performance art. Nightmare provides all three. The younger crowd prefers the scare art while the seasoned crowd tends to lean towards the prop driven art with performance scares sprinkled in. Isolate the main fears of your audience which are clowns, chainsaw killers, claustrophobia, the creepy and the gross" and you have the attention of your audience.
For many years, I took my junior high art students to Nightmare as our October unit of special effects. Dave and his crew provided the ultimate field trip for my students with behind the scenes tours and hands on building of props while showing that many props are handmade from recycling parts from local cleanup days, donations, online purchases, and your everyday hardware store. You know the old saying, "someone's junk is someone else's treasure".
If you haven't been to Nightmare on Fairground's road, give it a try, you will not be disappointed and will look forward to what Dave and fellow pirate Jeff Gilbert creates in years to come. Open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7:00-9:30pm. A very reasonable flat price of $8.00 along with free activities. Two other admission prices are optional at $10.00 for a speed pass and at the $30.00 monster pass (a 2013 season pass).
The nightmare crew tries to "provide scares for the hardcore and enough eye candy for the others. We do what others do for a third of their price with free attractions, most others do not have".
Check out nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com for more info through videos, photo galleries, and maps.