Howl­ing good time set at the Haunted Hayride

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Pas­sen­gers meet all types of crea­tures on Mag­no­lia Mead­ows’ Haunted Hayride, run­ning for the last time on Fri­day and Satur­day of this week­end.

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