Friday Night Picture Show: Pinehaven’s Haunted Dead End HayridePosted: October 25, 2013
Haunted houses aren’t the best venue for photography, but we caught a few snapshots, before the ride proper started, last night:
This is a FANTASTIC haunted experience, at a pretty good price.
Stop at the Shell gas station, which is across the road from the entrance to the property, to pick up some discount tickets. Depending on which night of the week you go, you’ll get $1 – $3 off off admission. (Our family of four paid $52, on a Thursday night.)
We were disappointed that the cheese curd stand is not operational unless it’s Friday or Saturday. The short line, however, was awesome.
Before and after the hayride, guests are welcome to mill about in the farmyard. There’s a small bonfire, a bull riding machine, a food counter with drinks and simple snacks, and a dance area with pop music playing.
The haunt itself starts when you board a hay wagon drawn by a tractor. There’s a 10-15 minute ride through a haunted wood with several good drive-through scenes and lots of costumed characters popping out, hopping onto the wagon, then disappearing.
The characters throughout WILL touch you; you are not allowed to touch them.
Eventually the wagon stops and guests are told to disembark. For the next 40 minutes or so, guests proceed on foot, through many themed areas. That’s all I’ll reveal above the cut.
If you’ve got the money and the time, go. It really is fun (and not horribly gross or disgusting.)
My favorite parts were:
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The Western-style Main Street: While still on the hayride, you pass through a wild-west sort of town. Very wild.
The Doll House: Two doll-like characters, both probably female and certainly diminutive, refused to let us move through their exhibit of dolls and doll parts. I think they kept us to themselves for a good 5-6 minutes, even letting others pass through. One was particularly taken with Pooka’s long hair. The other took great joy in showing me all the … modifications she’d made in her treasures.
The White Maze: A simple, strobe-lit maze through what feels like 10 minutes of silky, pure white panels of cloth.
The Swamp: Such a simple fog-filled “pond” exhibit. It’s the antici … pation, that kills me.
The Red Ghoul-Girl: A lovely creature, standing outside a crypt, was pleased by the arrival of The Boy. I wasn’t sure we’d leave the area with him still a part of our party. He tells me she invited him into her garden.
The Squeeze: If there was anything I didn’t enjoy, it was one particular area, at the end of a dark maze, that triggered a claustrophobia button I didn’t even know I had. Prepare to be squished.