Halloween Haunts

By Jocelyn Donaldson

It’s my favorite time of the year. With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get in the spirit. What better way than to visit some haunted houses? So what are some places close by to visit and are they actually worth it?

If you’re going for a more relaxed, not as scary place there is always The Haunt at Dorney Park. Although the place is usually super crowded, you may find it worth it for the added plus of there being rides.

Going up on the scare scale, Shocktoberfest is only about an hour away. I go every year, and am almost never disappointed. Just make sure not to go at the same time as another huge group, and it’s so much fun. The place is sort of modeled after jurassic park except with zombies. The attraction includes a zombie prison, a place that models common fears, and a zombie hayride. On the hayride, you can actually shoot paintballs at zombies in a certain area. This year, they added zombie laser tag and there is a zombie run which is sort of like capture the flag.

Field of Screams is another place worth the drive. My cousin actually met her fiance here. Field of Screams also has a hayride, which is honestly slightly better than Shocktoberfest. Their haunted hayride is much more involved and there is more to it. Including the hayride, there are 4 attractions at Field of Screams. The den of darkness is considered one of America’s original haunted houses. It is a 3 story building filled with butchers and monsters. Another attraction is the asylum that houses disturbed patients and inmates, scary nurses, and deranged doctors.

If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate Halloween without dressing up and going trick or treating, haunted houses are the best option. Be brave and try them out. Can you handle haunted houses or will you run from the challenge?

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