5 haunted houses in Southcentral Pa. that will make you scream
Do you dare to ride through the Tormented Twister? Or how about fighting zombies on a zombie safari hayride?
The correct answer is yes, because Halloween just isn't Halloween until you've let out a few screams at a haunted house or two.
Luckily, you have plenty of time for that as the region's haunted houses are just beginning to open for the season.
Here are five haunted attractions worth checking out this fall.
Field of Screams
Address: 3493 Marietta Ave., Mountville, Lancaster County
Hours: Friday through Nov. 13. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in September and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays in September. Times vary on weekends in October and November. For a schedule, visit fieldofscreams.com.
New attractions: Field of Screams lives up to its name with three haunted houses and a haunted hayride attraction. One of the biggest changes to expect this year is the Haunted Hayride's new drive-thru vortex tunnel. Guests will feel like the wagon is tipping over as they ride through this Tormented Twister.
Also new is the Extreme Blackout. For the first time ever, Field of Screams will stay open an extra day to celebrate Friday the 13th in November. As if Field of Screams wasn't scary enough, guests will experience all four attractions in complete darkness. Limited tickets are available for $45 in advance or $50 at the door.
Admission: $16 for Den of Darkness, $16 for Frightmare Asylum, $16 for Nocturnal Wasteland, $18 for Haunted Hayride; $34 for all four attractions; $31 for three of the four attractions; $28 for two of the four attractions. Cash only.
Details: 717-285-7748; fieldofscreams.com.
Address: 100 Hykes Mill Road, York Haven
Hours: Sept. 18 through Oct. 31. Open 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays in October.
New attractions: Three of the seven attractions at Halloween Park are new this year, according to owner Stacey Eckenrode. First, experience the urban legend of an 1800s mental asylum at The 7 Gates attraction. Then, get ready to be buried alive as you explore the ruins of a 19th century dig site that has been rediscovered. If the last two haven't left you totally terrified, climb into an old freight elevator in the Tombstone Swamp Mines. The only question is, will you be able to get out?
Admission: $33 for unlimited access to all seven attractions.
Details: 717-324-7524, Halloweenpark.com
Address: 99 Stehman Road, Lancaster, Lancaster County
Hours: Saturday through Nov. 7. Open 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
New attractions: Jason's Woods celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, which means more attractions, more fun, and of course, more fear. Get ready to come face-to-face with diabolical clowns and murderous mimes at this year's new attraction, the Carnival of Fear. It's an indoor, maze-like haunted house with see-through walls. That means you can see monsters coming after you, and there's nowhere to hide.
Also new this year is the doubled-in-size Horrifying Hayride and the expanded Fields of Fright with more trails and more dead ends.
Admission: Three-show combo pack (The Chamber of Horrors, Horrifying Hayride and Zombie Apocalypse), $25; six-show combo pack (The Chamber of Horrors, Horrifying Hayride, Lost in Jason's Woods, Fields of Fright, Zombie Apocalypse and Carnival of Fear), $40. VIP tickets are $10 more. Cash only.
Details: 717-875-5110; jasonswoods.com.
Kim's Krypt Haunted Mill
Address: 5932 Colonial Valley Road, Spring Grove
Hours: Sept. 25 through Nov. 1. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Also open Thursday, Oct. 29.
New attractions: Kim's Krypt Haunted Mill is stepping up its game this year with a new fifth attraction, the Horror of Menges Mill. When the clock strikes 8 p.m., the curse of the Menges family comes alive. Beware of the cloaked pirate that walks through this indoor-outdoor attraction. You'll know it's him because he only has one hand.
Also new this year is a junkyard scene in the Terror Trail, a vortex in the House of Eyes and a pitch black second floor of the Haunted Mill, manager Margaret Sterner said.
Admission: $40 for all five attractions, $35 for three attractions, $14 for one attraction
Details: 717-225-4811, kimskrypt.com
Address: 94 Park Ave., Sinking Spring
Hours: Sept. 11 through Nov. 14. Open 4:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays Oct. 4 through Nov. 1; 4:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 22 and 29. Attractions open at 7 p.m.
New attractions: Shocktoberfest is all about zombies this year, as the Zombie World Theme Park opens for the first time. Hop on board the new Zombie Safari Hayride, where you can witness zombies up close and even have the chance to shoot them with a paintball gun if they attack.
Also new is the Prison of the Dead Escape Room. You and your group are locked in a room and sentenced to death. The only way to escape is to solve a series of clues in one hour. And, you don't want to find out what happens if you fail to escape before time is up. Online registration for this event is required.
Admission: $20 for single attraction pass, $26 for double attraction pass, $34 for triple combo pass, $40 for quad combo pass, $45 for all-access combo pass.
Details: 610-375-SCREAM, Shocktoberfest.com
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