A haunted hayride just scary enough for adults but probably not too scary for older kids, the SandyLand Acres hayride (and corn maze, though I didn’t go through that) is a fun family-run ride on the back of a tractor through fields and forest on a rural farm. Scares are sometimes predictable, but not always.
Watch out for the chasing tractor, the gun blast or the guy who wants to “eat your brains.” Wind storm damage wreaked a little havoc on the scenery (knocking over loads of corn stalks), but that only minimally detracts from the ride.
The acting was pretty darn good, even when teens try to scare back and make for some spoiling. A working knowledge of a few more popular horror films (Freddy from Nightmare or the Saw movies) can help in kick-starting the imagination on a few of the hayride’s stops on the 25-minute ride. 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31.
4172 Belleview Road, Petersberg, Exit 11 off I-275, 859-689-4283, www.sandylandacres.com
What’s Unique: A separate corn maze.
The Damage: $10; $5 for corn maze
CityBeat Rating: PG-13