Frightmare Farms – Route 49, Fulton
As haunted attractions go, this one is incredible. I have never seen as much attention to detail in any attraction as I’ve seen in this one.
You enter through the shell of a farmhouse and wind your way around through about a dozen scenes and rooms. If you take your time and really experience the house, it should take about ten minutes.
Of course, if you’re the jumpy type and tend to run through these things, it will take you about three minutes.
The cast are all trained actors and they will do their utmost to get you jumping completely out of your skin. Right from the opening scene, where a ghastly groundskeeper explains the house rules, you know you’re in for a treat.
Pricing: $12 will gain you access to this impressive experience, but if you prefer to bypass the line, you can for just $7 more.
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m.
For info and directions, visit frightmareFarms.net
My ratings: A well deserved five out of five pumpkins.
Screamwood Forest – Stewarts Corners Road, Pennellville
Only four or five miles from Frightmare Farms, this attraction makes a nice follow-up and it’s a completely different experience than what you’re used to with these attractions.
This house is done as a fundraiser for the arts programs at Phoenix schools and the actors are all members of those programs.
You’re given a guided tour through a haunted forest where various scenes are played out for you, including characters like Beetlejuice and Sweeney Todd, among others.
This attraction isn’t as scary as some of the others, but then again, it’s not supposed to be. The real charm here is the ambiance and the just-plain-fun atmosphere.
Pricing: Admission is just $7 and all proceeds go to benefit the arts programs. If you like the presentation, you can revisit for just $3. You can also get tickets for the Phoenix High School fall production at the ticket window.