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Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride

By Staff · October 14th, 2009 · Halloween List
A haunted hayride is an unique experience: It involves a loss of control over a tour, dragging you headlong into the maelstrom and denying any possibility of retreat. No local event plays this angle better than Sandyland. The haywagons are pulled through narrow, claustrophobic corridors cut through corn and deep into the woods. Leaves and stalks of corn will brush your back as you pass with rustling and strange noises coming from all sides. The wagons are routinely boarded by monsters, leaving hauntgoers nowhere to run, and the creatures have even been known to vault over the side to go after those who try to hide in the center aisle.

The wagon also becomes a tempting target for a speeding Death Truck and the more eerie than scary Headless Horseman, a striking figure riding alongside in the dark night.

Horror films are a Sandyland specialty — scenes are played out from Psycho, Jeepers Creepers, Friday the 13th, Motel Hell, House of 1000 Corpses, Hostel and Halloween 2 (among others). The event excels at using sound, special lighting and misdirection to set up scares and at times even makes the patrons play a waiting game, creating tension that can be cut with a … chainsaw. (Reviewed by Randy Schadel)

THE WAIT: Lines can be long (up to two hours), so get there early! The ride lasts around 20 minutes
DETAILS: The hayride clocks in at a steady 25 minutes. Open 8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31. 4172 Belleview Road, Petersburg, Exit 11 off I-275, 859-322-0516, 859-250- 9790, www.sandylandacres.com
THE DAMAGE: $10 with $15 fast pass available; children under 5 free; group rates available



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