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Haunted Hayride brings scares

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By Bryan Marshall

Frightening horror and trembling terror await those who attempt the Rt. 22 Nightmare Haunted Hayride and Haunted House in Williamstown.

The second-year event at 520 Falmouth St., will offer scares from 7 to midnight Friday and Saturday nights in October beginning Oct. 7.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 years old and younger.

“It is awfully scary,” said Jim Mackey, who runs the haunted trail and house. “Last year, we had a lot of kids pee in their pants. We had one woman that threatened to call the police because we abducted a woman off the wagon who was screaming. She didn’t realize that she worked for me. When I told her it was part of the act, she said ‘You had me fooled. That girl was screaming bloody murder.’”

The experience will begin with a 30-person hayride accompanied by a wooden coffin built by Mackey that lays in the middle.

While a tractor pulls unsuspecting spectators through the gravel trail, Mackey promises all sorts of devilish delights await those wanting to be scared during the Halloween season.

“It looks beautiful at night when everything is dark and the torches are burning on the hayride,” Mackey said. “Every year, we add something on. We want to keep making it better.”

The trail heads to a walk-through haunted house that has tripled in size from last year.

Mackey and others are busy putting on final touches complete with black lights and costumed creatures that will roam the rooms.

“Last year, I dressed up and I played my guitar really loud,” he said. “People would walk in and it would be pitch black. Then, all of a sudden I would blair out with this guitar solo. It freaked people out. They weren’t expecting that at all.”

Additions to this year’s festivities include a concession trailer selling funnel cakes, hot dogs, cookies, hot chocolate and more and free candy for children.

On Oct. 22, magician Allen Astonisher will perform magic shows as the Williamstown Wizard every 30 minutes in a barn.

Among his tricks, he will make people disappear right before the crowd’s eyes.

Mackey already has plans to add a corn maze next year and would like to offer a daytime event for younger children that would include a pumpkin patch.

“I was in the horse drawn carriage business and had big wagons that I pulled my horses with,” Mackey said about his motivation for the event. “I wanted to utilize all my equipment all the time.”

For more information, check out the Rt. 22 Nightmare Haunted Hayride and Haunted House on Facebook.
Non-profit organizations who would like to volunteer at the event in exchange for proceeds can call 859-750-4995 or e-mail jem2@fuse.net.