Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

While there are many haunted attractions to choose from, there are three local attractions that will not disappoint. First, there is Dorney Park’s Halloween Haunt.

This combines two popular things: roller coasters and Halloween.

In addition to all the regular rides being open, they offer indoor and outdoor haunts. Club Blood, Magic House on Kill Hill, The Asylum, and Psycho Circus are all indoor haunted mazes. There are three outdoor mazes including Cornstalkers, which is a long maze located in the water park area and the best of the three. There are also two live shows including one with fire eaters. This year they added Camp Cudie (pronounced ‘see you die’) which is a creepy walk through the woods. For more information visit dorneypark.com

It you really want to be scared, visit the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride. Randy Bates has been successfully scaring people since 1991. Bates offers three bone chilling attractions.

The Bates Motel is a huge Victorian mansion filled with computer controlled animatronics, digital sound and lighting with wonderfully detailed rooms and top quality actors to make this haunted house one you will never forget.

The Haunted Corn Maze takes you through ghost towns, graveyards, the haunted gold mine and other full scale sets. The animatronic werewolves are not to be missed.

The third attraction is the famous Haunted Hayride which takes guests on a 25 minute ride through the dark woods of Arasapha farm.

This attraction is filled with high tech animatronics, 26 huge, Hollywood quality sets, pyrotechnics and over 50 superb actors.

Each year, Randy makes changes and additions to the attractions to keep things fresh. Many guests return year after year to this attraction. All three events feature custom digital soundtracks, computer controlled animatronics, DMX lighting and fog, and a host of professional actors

The professional make up artists, costume makers, special effects guys and cast and crew really make this one of the area’s top attractions each Halloween season.

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride are consistently ranked as one of the best attractions in America by HauntWorld Magazine, CNN.com and USA Today. People travel from all over to visit this attraction.

On any given night the parking lot boasts license plates from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and many other states. Fortunately for WCU students, it’s located nearby, approximately 10 minutes from campus at 1835 N. Middletown Road (Route 352) Glen Mills, PA. For more information visit www.thebatesmotel.com.

If the weather is not cooperating and you need to find an indoor attraction to visit, see Scare Brothers.

Scare Brothers consists of four haunted houses under one roof including The House of 1,000 Zombies, Claustrophobia, Dungeon of Darkness, and Circus of Fear that is loaded with demented acts and evil clowns.

The fifth experience is The Haunted Nightmare. This attraction brings you face to face with some of the most famous movie killers of all time. You literally move through sets from classic horror movies.

Scare Brothers is located at 354 S. Warminster Road Hatboro PA inside Station Park Business Center. For more information visit www.scarebrothers.com.

All in all, scares will be a-plenty for Halloween.

Rich Jackson can be reached at RJ@689070@wcupa.edu

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