When you’re young, Halloween is the one night of the year when you dress up, stay out late and go door-to-door for free candy. As you get older, Halloween becomes a night of parties and the hunt for the perfect costume. For guys, a costume is something simple and last minute, and for girls, Lindsay Lohan from “Mean Girls” explains it best: “Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”But amidst the costumes and candy, Halloween has always been a time of ghosts, goblins and terrifying monsters. You may usually sit in your dorm room or apartment and watch endless amounts of “Halloween” or “Friday the Thirteenth” movies for a good fright fest, but this Halloween you could experience the chills and thrills at Arasapha Farms’ haunted hayride and Bates Motel.
Arasapha Farms, located in Glenn Mills, Pa., has not one, but three horrifying Halloween attractions – a haunted hayride, corn maze and Bates Motel – for those who love a frightening time. The haunted hayride is a 20-minute ride through the haunted forest. Each hay-filled wagon is pulled by a tractor and is digitally equipped with its own sound system to ensure that each rider can hear the screams, grunts and familiar buzz of Jason’s chainsaw.
If the hayride isn’t enough terror for you, you can always get lost in the tall corn stalks of Arasapha’s haunted corn maze. While waiting in line for the other attractions, you can hear groups of people screaming as they are chased out of the maze by a masked villain or bloody monster.
Finally, Arasapha Farms features the haunted Bates Motel. Each room of the hotel is more frightening than the last as you see haunting scenery and have close encounters with live actors who aren’t the least bit afraid of you. The house is so terrifying that Arasapha Farms warns that it is not intended for children under the age of eight or anyone with heart conditions. The special effects in the Bates Motel and all of the attractions help make your experience all the more horrifying.
To calm your nerves after your scares and haunting experiences, take a break by the fire pit outside of the Bates Motel. There, you can warm up and sip hot chocolate or apple cider as you laugh with your friends about how you never screamed so much in your life. But be careful, fearsome characters such as “Count Grabula” are free to roam the area and taunt you. The lines at these attractions get long quickly, especially closer to Halloween, but all the terror that is in store is definitely worth the wait.
Do more than just pop a horror flick into your DVD player this Halloween, check out Arasapha Farms attractions, running now through Oct. 31. Hours of operation are 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 6:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets and directions are available online at their Website: www.arasaphafarms.com.