Scary trails, haunted hayrides, and blood-curdling scenes await visitors who dare to visit these haunted attractions throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania
It’s never too early to kick off the Halloween season – and these area haunted attractions are the living (dead) proof. Here are some of the region’s spookiest Halloween-themed attractions, guaranteed to scare you breathless.
Frightland, 309 Port Penn Road, Middletown
Oct. 13-15, 19-22, 27-29 and Nov. 3-4, opening at 6 p.m., $25 to $60.
As Middletown’s Frightland enters its 21st season, marketing manager Kyle McMahon said the crew is eager to show off the latest haunts at one of the country’s more renowned attractions, featured in Forbes, the Huffington Post, and on the Travel Channel.
“We work all year on upgrading all the attractions, so there’s definitely new stuff throughout for any repeat guests,” McMahon said. “We’re pretty excited.”
Frightland features eight different attractions, each with its own horrific theme, from the “Horror Hayride,” to “Idalia Manor,” to the terrifying “Zombie Town,” where the living dead have all but taken over.
Frightland offers a variety of ticket combinations, and there is also a $5 parking fee. A portion of ticket sales and 100 percent of parking fees goes to the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.
Wicked Woods, 2621 Sandy Bend Road, Wyoming
Every Friday and Saturday in October, 7-11 p.m., $15 per person
Put on by Wicked R Western Productions, the Wicked Woods is Delaware’s self-proclaimed “most terrifying haunt,” where victims, rather, customers, are taken on a walk over a deep and dark woodland trail.
It’s one mile of sheer horror designed to scare the yell out of anyone with the nerve to drop by. The haunted trail will be littered with characters waiting to pounce on the unwary, and visitors shouldn’t be surprised if they end up stuck next to a chainsaw-wielding madman on a moving vehicle. They should also pay attention to the weather and dress accordingly.
Wicked Woods is not recommended for young children.
Children, however, are more than welcome from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for a more family-friendly attraction. The price is $8 per child and adults are admitted free as are children less than one year old.
Activities include games, a Western moon bounce, corn maze, petting zoo, challenge course and pony rides to name a few.
Children’s Halloween Fantasy Trail, Brecknock County Park, Camden.
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Noon until 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21. Cost is $5 per child, with up to two adults admitted free with each paying child.
Tickets are sold on site
For children ages 2 to 7, and children will receive a treat bag and will receive goodies from their favorite cartoon and storybook characters in the park’s Enchanted Forest. Hay wagon rides at the end of the trail will take walkers back.
Fright Night at Brecknock County Park, Camden
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7 until 11 p.m. every weekend in October
Cost is $7 per person, with no refunds
This will be Kent County’s 27th year of this haunted attraction. As victims walk the grounds, they will encounter a school bus once owned by Freddy Krueger, a castle with many scenes and a graveyard that will hold their place if you cannot make it out. Parents should use discretion in bringing young children.
Haunted Tour of Old Dover
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 21 and 28
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-18 and free for children under 6
Tickets are available in person at the Delaware Store at 325 S. State St., or online at www.delaware-store.com/ghost-tour.
For more call 302-674-1787
Jan Crumpley, artist and owner-operator of Parke Green Galleries in downtown Dover, will host a series of ghost tours on The Green throughout October.
The Haunted Tour of Old Dover will focus exclusively on ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the Delaware night,” Crumpley said.
Based on the research of local historian John Alstadt, the tour will feature, among others, the ghosts of Judge Samuel Chew, Elizabeth Rilee the Irish Maid, and Revolutionary War hero Colonel John Hazlet, along with spirits that whistle, open doors, rearrange pictures, and communicate with cats.
Local folklorist, humorist, and storyteller Dan Beck will be tour guide.
Ghost Tour of Fort Delaware, Delaware City
Dates: Ferry departures at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27. There only is a 6:30 p.m. departure on Oct. 28.
Suitable for ages 13 and up
For tickets and information, visit https://tinyurl.com/FortDelawareHaunt
Join in a paranormal investigation of Fort Delaware and visit areas where paranormal activity has been suspected, alongside investigators from Diamond State Ghost Investigators.
Screams at the Beach, 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Georgetown
Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 29, from 7-10 p.m., $30 to $50.
It’s year seven for Screams at the Beach in Georgetown, and haunt manager Brian Turner said there are a couple big changes for the 2017 season – including two “escape rooms.”
Inspired by the “Saw” horror franchise, escape rooms are a growing trend in haunted attractions, with people required to solve a series of puzzles in order to leave.
“Ours are a little different than traditional escape rooms; it should only take about 10 minutes to solve,” Turner said of their Serial K2 and Dissection puzzle rooms. “You enter, the timer starts, and you’ve got that time to solve it.”
Also new this year is the “Prison of the Plague” scene that plays off an off-season event from July.
“The story is that a plague doctor came to cure the town, but ended up making it worse,” Turner said. “It’s cool to us to tie everything together and have events like this that keep the story moving. We always try to be a little different.”
Slaughter House Farm, 32076 Gordy Road, Laurel
slaughterhousefarm.org, Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 with a community night for younger children Oct. 31 with friendly monsters and safe trick-or-treating, $13, except for community night Oct. 31 which is free.
This is the seventh year for co-owner Terry Scott, and his fear-filled farm in Laurel – and the focus of the terror is definitely on the farm.
“It’s all farm hands and scarecrows here,” Scott said of the inhabitants of the fields and buildings. “Remember when you were younger, and you said, ‘ah that didn’t scare me?’ Well, guess what? You won’t say that after this”
During your 55-minute trip through their attraction, you’ll encounter monsters wielding 12-guage shotguns loaded with blanks and no less than six chainsaws. The farm is not for the faint of heart, and there is a strictly enforced “10-years-and-up” rule.
“We got one fellow that’s around seven feet tall. He swings a mean chainsaw,” Scott chuckled.
Proceeds from the event go to Operation: We Care, which provides care packages to active soldiers, and to the Laurel Fire Company.
Nightmare's Haunted House, 10912 County Seat Road (Routes 9 and 13), Laurel
Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28, and Oct. 30 and 31, opening at 7 p.m.
Price: $13 (canned good gets $2 off)
At Nightmare’s Haunted House, volunteer Joe “The Butcher” Corona is sharpening up his cleaver for the 2017 season’s guests.
“We’re here to try and scare the heck out of you,” Corona said with a chuckle.
In business for over 20 years, Nightmare’s has moved around a bit but has now found what Corona hopes is a permanent home at Laurel Junction.
“The owner likes having us here, so I think we’re here for a long time,” he said.
Featuring a lengthy stroll where anything can happen, Corona said Nightmare’s offers a unique and interesting experience.
The all-volunteer group also donates proceeds annually to the American Cancer Society, the Delmar Volunteer Fire Company, and the Laurel Pop Warner baseball league.
They also grant $2 off for a canned good at the gate, which is in turn donated to the nonprofit Feed a Friend organization.
Jason’s Woods, 99 Stehman Road, Lancaster, Pa.
Fridays and weekends, through Nov. 7, from 7-10 p.m. except Sundays when hours are 7-9 p.m.
Between $25 and $50
With over 30 years in the spook show business, Jason’s Woods is still scaring, filling the picturesque rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pa. with the screams of the damned.
“There are so any attractions now – like, one in every town it seems,” said co-owner Leann Hershey, who now runs the show with husband Bob Jr. “So we’re growing every year.”
This year, they’ve incorporated Integrated Motion Technology into their top-class hayride, which Hershey said actually brings visitors into the scene.
“People will feel like they’re a part of what’s happening instead of just watching. So if a character jams a cattle prod on the wagon, everything shakes like it’s being electrocuted,” Hershey said. “It’s really not electrocuting anyone, just so you know.”
With five different individual attractions, from the Horrifying Hayride to the Zombie Apocalypse, there are scares and frights to fit every taste.
Terror Behind the Walls, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia
Oct. 13-15, 17-22, 24-31, Nov. 3-5 and 10-11, starting at 7 p.m. with closing times at 11 p.m., midnight or 12:30 a.m., depending on the night.
Between $19 and $50
They say prison is hell, and nothing exemplifies that notion more than Philly’s Terror Behind the Walls, so named because the action takes place inside of the derelict Eastern State Penitentiary, once home to Al Capone.
From bizarre medical treatments in the “Infirmary,” to the twisted plant enemies of “Detritus,” there’s something behind those stone walls guaranteed to scare you pantsless.
Proceeds from the event go to preserve the Penitentiary, which is a listed National Historic Landmark, and is open for tours throughout most of the year.