The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride celebrated its 25th year in 2015, and it’s spent most of that time as one of the top haunted attractions in the country. What’s funny is that they didn’t originally start that way. They began hosting fall hayrides at the Arasapha Farm back in the 1970s. In 1991 they introduced the haunted elements to the hayride and they haven’t looked back since.
The haunt is broken down into three attractions, with the first one being their signature Haunted Hayride. The hayride is a 25 minute journey through a forest of large trees, but that doesn’t mean its limited just to forest-related scares. They go all out in the creation of towering sets that are filled with incredible detail that lends realism to the scares. A single ride takes you through features like a 4 story insane asylum, 200 foot long cave, and even a New England church. The hayride is constantly moving, and there’s a steady stream of scares that come at you from all angles. And just to add that extra wow factor, there’s plenty of expert pyrotechnic effects.
The Bates Motel
After the epic nature of the hayride, the scares are switched up nicely with the Bates Motel. Traveling through this haunted house brings scares that are much more up close and personal with the same amount of attention to detail. The motel blends a mix of monster scares with effects built-into the house so guests are assaulted from all angles. Doors slam on their own, animatronic monsters are everywhere, the floor boards come alive, and the actors are right there to bring the scares home.
The Haunted Corn Maze
The third and final haunt is their Haunted Corn Maze, which brings a different blend of scares. Guests travel down a winding, twisting path through tall corn with scares around every turn. Rather than leave it at just a corn maze, the path has plenty of walk-through sets, animatronic monsters, buildings, and plenty of monsters. Even if you’ve gone before, make sure to check out this year’s Corn Maze. They’ve completely re-done it with a Revenge of the Scarecrow theme that means new monsters, new animatronics, and new scares.
The biggest attraction for us at Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride is the special effects. Randy Bates (the founder and owner) is a genius when it comes to special effects and animatronics. His crew works hard all year to put together intricate and realistic sets, then populate them with original animatronics that you won’t see anywhere else.
- They’ve got two levels of VIP access. VIP gets you to the front of the line. Super VIP also includes preferred parking, food, and a t-shirt. Check out these options if you don’t want to wait.
- They’ve got a good selection of fair food in the main area that you can enjoy before or after going through the haunts.
- Arasapha Farm is a working farm, so remember that when choosing your shoes and clothes, especially if its rained recently.