STORY WRITTEN BY VINCE CAREY
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Terror Behind the Walls isn’t the only place to have a little bit of Halloween fun again this year.
Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride
The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride is open again this year at Arasapha Farms in Glen Mills.
Now in it’s 25th year, the Haunted Hayride is a 25-minute ride through the forest around the farm. There is a promise of more pyrotechnics than a KISS concert during the ride.
The hayride also includes scenes of a 100-foot-long, 40-foot-high drive through an insane asylum. A full-scale mockup of a New England church and a 200-foot-long cave.
Nearly 100 actors take part in the attraction.
It is open every day until Nov. 1. Starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Bates Motel is open until 10:30.
Ticket prices vary from $100 for a Super VIP (no waiting) experience to $20 for just the hayride ($15 for children).
Pennhurst Asylum features four different attractions at a former mental hospital in Spring City, Chester County.
In a hospital-themed attraction, visitors can walk through the upper floors of the old administration building, which dates to 1908. It is a combination of high-tech animotronics and live actors. There are also many items and artifacts that were part of the original state hospital.
The Dungeon of Lost Soles is a walk through old cells, drafty halls and a series of human experiments gone wrong. There are CGI special effects and illusions along with the actors.
The Tunnel of Terror is a walk through a 900-foot gauntlet beneath the grounds of the school.
Finally, there is the Ghost Hunt, which is a self-guided tour through the Mayflower Building. The building is supposedly one of the most ghost-active places in Pennsylvania.
Pennhurst Asylum is open every Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 1. Tickets range from $78 for a VIP experience to $16 for individual attractions.
Spring Mountain Ski Area: Scream Mountain, which features adventures such as a haunted hayride and walk, and Heart of Darkness Tours with zip lining, opens Oct. 9 and continues (weather permitting) 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus Thursday Oct. 29, through Oct. 30. Spring Mountain is at 757 Spring Mount Road, Upper Salford. Tickets are $25 for the walk and hayride (which includes a trip up the ski lift) or $18 for the hayride only. There are discounts for groups of 20 or more and active duty military families. For reservations and more information, call (610) 287-7900 or check www.springmountainadventures.com.
Sleepy Hollow Hayride
Sleepy Hollow, with The House in the Hollow, is located in Newtown, Bucks County.
There are three attractions, including the original Sleepy Hallow Hayride. Visitors travel on the back of a hay wagon through the fields and woods of a 230-acre farm. The House in the Hollow is inside the Malfate Manor and includes 17 rooms, a greenouse and cemetery. The Field of Fright is a walk through a haunted cornfield maze.
Sleepy Hollow is open every weekend through Halloween. Prices range from $30 for all attractions to $15 for a single attraction.
Field of Screams
Taking a ride to Lancaster can be more than just outlet shopping with Field of Screams.
Located in Mounville, Field of Screams has four different attractions. Scare fans can check out the Haunted Hayride, Den of Darkness, Frightmare Asylum and Nocturnal Wasteland.
Field of Screams is open every weekend through Nov. 8. Prices range from $34 for the Scream Pass to $16 for each attraction.
Located on the grounds of Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Horrorfest has four different attractions. Visitors can get their scare-on by checking out the Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Carnage and Alien Encounter.
Horrorfest is open every weekend through Oct. 30. Prices range from $35 for all four attractions to $20 for one attraction.
As an alternative to the scares, families with children of all ages can check out Pumpkinland.
With such family-friendly events as the hayride to the Witch’s House and bonfires, Linvilla Orchards offers Halloween’s softer side.
There are thousands of pumpkins ready to be carved and decorated for the holiday.
Pumpkinland is open every day, starting at 8 a.m. It closes at 9 p.m. on the weekends.