Howling good time set at the Haunted Hayride
EASTON — This is the week to get really, really scared, and if you need some help with that, the Haunted Hayride at the Magnolia Meadows apartment complex is the place for you, just off state Route 322 on Lauren Lane.
Show up, pay a $10 donation, climb aboard a hay- covered trailer pulled by a tractor, and for about 25 minutes, you can have a hairraising good time. For children under 5, it’s a $ 5 donation.
Jason, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers — they are all there, plus witches, warlocks, zombies, cannibals and some strange characters who are completely unpredictable.
Now in its fourth year, the hayride takes place every weekend in October, Friday and Saturday nights, winding through the woods behind the apartment complex.
Creepy music plays, and it’s extremely dark. There is lots of screaming, fog and mist, and at times, what appear to be splatters of blood and other debris falling on passengers.
Ghouls are quiet as they sneak up on those shaking with fear in the hay. A person can feel someone suddenly breathing down their neck.
Passengers are pulled through
a couple tunnels made for the claustrophobic. One contains a big, brown, dangling spider that is larger than a human.
When you get to the waterfront, more surprises are in store, but we’re not going to let any spoilers out.
The hayride is the brainchild of Missy Whittington, manager at Magnolia Meadows, at 7080 Lauren Lane.
Whittington has the help of more than 50 volunteers, who sell tickets, coordinate visitors and serve as ghoulish actors and actresses.
Setting the trail up took a large team of volunteer builders, decorators and lighting experts working for most of September, Whittington said.
Sponsors include the Fairville Management Company, Island Signs, C.W. Oakes, Toms General Services, Meekins Builders, Preston Ford, Easton Utilities, CH Gannon & Sons, Love Farm, Lowes of Easton, Sherwin Williams, Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, Shallow Grave FX, Eastern Shore Tents & Events, Asplundh Tree Expert, Schwaninger Electric, Ewing Tire, Coastal Landscaping, Sports Clips, Bartlett Tree Experts, and Haddock Plumbing and Heating.
Tractor drivers are Bobby Whittington and Tom Kleppinger. Easton Police Department Detective Yvonne Freeman is in charge of crowd control.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Talbot Humane Society, Friends of Hospice, Halo’s Haven Rescue and Support of Alzheimer’s and Leukemia.
Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 10 p. m., are the last evenings for the Haunted Hayride. The line starts forming at 6: 45 p. m.
Passengers meet all types of creatures on Magnolia Meadows’ Haunted Hayride, running for the last time on Friday and Saturday of this weekend.