Start your fall season with scary good times and a Zombie Jamboree
Scared yet? Well if not, don’t worry – here’s a list of places you can have a spooktacular time at this Halloween season.
309 Port Penn Road, a Middletown address, north of Odessa off of U.S. Route 13
Nights/weekends Sept. 28 to Nov. 3
Between $25 and $60
At Middletown’s Frightland, now in its 22nd year, the crew focused on revamping the hayride portion of the multitude of scares available to visitors.
“Guests can really expect a whole new experience as they go through it, so we’re excited about that,” said marketing manager Kyle McMahon. “Each year we try to focus on one of our haunts and change it up, but the others are touched up along the way.”
A professed Halloween fan, McMahon said the crew at Frightland sits down in March to start planning and building sets for the following season.
“When I started my business eight years ago, I contacted Frightland right away, because I wanted to be involved with a haunt. And now the rest is history,” he said.
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 parking fees go to the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware.
Slaughter House Farm
32076 Gordy Road, Laurel
7 to 10:30 p.m. weekends, Oct. 6-27
Five years in, and Slaughter House Farm owner Terry Scott said his down-home horrorfest is “pretty much ready to go” as opening weekend looms.
“We change it up by about 80 percent each year,” Scott said. “So if you came this year, you won’t go in the same they get in this year. People will recognize little things, but not everything.”
Scott said he’s also been branching out into 3-D effects that create spiders and ghosts and other hair-raising sights.
“We don’t want to give too much away, but we’ve got some pretty scary stuff,” he said. Expecting large crowds again,
Scott said they’ve shortened the experience to 30-35 minutes, down from roughly an hour. There is also a strictly enforced “10-years-and-up” rule, as the experience (scarecrows, shotguns, and chainsaws included) can get intense, Scott said.
And at only $13 a body, it’s one of the more affordable haunted attractions around.
Proceeds from Slaughter House Farm go to Operation: We Care, which provides care packages to active soldiers, and to the Laurel Fire Co.
Nightmare's Haunted House
10912 County Seat Road (Routes 9 and 13), Laurel
Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 6 through 28, and Oct. 30 and 31, 7 to when the line empties
Price: $13 (canned good gets $2 off)
As it nears the 20-year mark, the crew at Nightmare’s Haunted House in Laurel are “down to the wire” with revamping the event for 2018, according to volunteer Joe “The Butcher” Corona.
“We’ve rearranged all the rooms, and we’ve added some different scares, and we have some new characters that are gonna be with us this year,” Corona said. “We don’t want somebody coming and then come the next year and know what’s happening here. We like the element of surprise.”
Featuring a lengthy stroll where anything can happen, Corona said Nightmare’s offers a unique and interesting experience.
“We want people to come and face their fears with us,” Corona said.
The all-volunteer group also donates proceeds annually to the American Cancer Society, the Delmar Volunteer Fire Co., 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.
Fright for a Cause
One night only, a walking tour of ancient Smyrna spots that might harbor ghosts, with proceeds going to the Smyrna Museum.
Paranormal Investigations in Historic Smyrna
The Smyrna Museum
Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets can be bought online.
Oct. 20, Noon-10 p.m. with the 8 p.m. ZOMBIE WALK
Zombies a-Jamboreein' at Milton Zombie Fest,
Tons of music:
Triple Threat, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Dirk Quinn Band, Universal Funk Order, Wall of Cain, Lower Case Blues, Flatland Drive, Mama's Black Sheep, Christine Havrilla and Gypsy Fuzz, Hot Breakfast, Scrapple, PIRATES PLUNDER Entertainment
Food trucks - Vendors - Makeup stations - Beer tent
$5/advance, $10/day of - children 12 and under free
Buy tickets through the Milton Theatre
All proceeds benefit the Calliope Project (the Milton Theatre), The Milton Historical Society, The Milton Fire Department and Casa San Francisco
MORE GHOULISH FUN
These attractions may be a bit of a hike, but they’re well worth the trip for any horror fan.
99 Stehman Road, Lancaster, Pa.
Fridays and weekends, Sept. 22 to Nov. 7, 7-10 p.m. (Sundays until 9 p.m)
Between $25 and $50
With over 30 years in the spookshow business, Jason’s Woods in Lancaster County, Pa. is still at it, filling the picturesque rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pa. with the screams of the damned.
With five different individual attractions, from the Horrifying Hayride to the Zombie Apocalypse, there are scares and frights to fit every taste and budget.
Terror Behind the Walls
2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.
Weekends and weeknights, Sept. 29 to Nov. 11
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.