#3: Dead End Hayride

#3: Dead End Hayride

The Dead End Hayride was founded in 2010, so 2015 marked the 5th anniversary for the haunt. The attraction is part of Pinehaven farm, located 35 minutes north of the Twin Cities. The 150-acre farm hosts an annual pumpkin and family fall festival that has been a local favorite for almost twenty years.

But don’t bring the kids to Dead End Hayride. The horrors it unleashes when it gets dark are far from the child-friendly atmosphere during the day.

Journey through 40 acres on the Dead End Hayride

The farm has plenty of space to spare, and the Dead End Hayride makes great use of it. The tractor-pulled hayride takes you through 40 acres of forest where darkness closes in on either side. Many other haunts have limited space, so they work hard to cram in as much in as possible. The hayride, however, has plenty of space and trees that help block the view, so the scaremasters can let their imaginations run wild.

Every scare along the hayride is created with a great attention to detail, from the set design to the special effects. The animatronics were especially impressive, with a focus on ensuring as realistic movements as possible. When all is said and done, the ride is a terrifying trip through a variety of horrific scenes with bone-chilling realism.

You’re left in the middle of nowhere at the start of a haunted trail

At the end of the hayride, you’re left in the middle of the forest at the start of the Departed Oaks Haunted Trail. Remember all of the horrors witnessed on the hayride? The trail goes past all of the freaks and outcasts from those horrors. And the only way to get back is to follow that trail.

At the end of the hayride, you’re left in the middle of the forest at the start of the Departed Oaks Haunted Trail. Remember all of the horrors witnessed on the hayride? The trail goes past all of the freaks and outcasts from those horrors. And the only way to get back is to follow that trail.

And that’s all before you get to Sunnyvale Asylum. The asylum is the featured haunt of the haunted trail, and is built from the ground up with realism in mind. In fact, the large iron gate in front is actually from a real asylum, as are many of the props used throughout the haunt. Those real props merge seamlessly with the animatronics and set designs to send chills down your spine.

Try to find your way home through a corn maze

After navigating the haunted trail, the only way to get back to your car is to get through the Site 66 Haunted Cornfield. This is a corn maze haunt, and one of the keys of any good corn maze is to take full advantage of the naturally scary setting it creates. Tall corn stalks block your view while darkness surrounds you, and the twists throw off your sense of direction. Even without any other features, it can start your heart racing.

The scaremasters at Dead End Hayride take that as the base level of scary, then kick it up to full-fledged terror. Site 66 is action-packed with in-your-face scares, horrifying sounds that drift through the corn, and a chainsaw maze that will leave you running in terror.

All of it is interactive

Dead End Hayride is an interactive haunt. That means that the guest are part of the show, and can be touched by the actors or effects. The result is an extra bit of spine-tingling horror with every attraction.

Inside Tips

  • Remember that all of the attractions are outside. Watch the weather and dress accordingly. Those sandals may seem comfortable, but are really a bad idea for a hike.
  • Food and drink vendors are on site, as well as a gift shop. Credit cards are accepted, and there is an ATM.
  • You can buy FastPass tickets online, which is a good idea especially late in the season.
  • Tickets are cheaper for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and the lines are better on those days.

The Dead End Hayride was founded in 2010, so 2015 marked the 5th anniversary for the haunt. The attraction is part of Pinehaven farm, located 35 minutes north of the Twin Cities. The 150-acre farm hosts an annual pumpkin and family fall festival that has been a local favorite for almost twenty years. But don’t …

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