October always brings out the “crazies” in Delaware, as in people who are crazy for Halloween. Events ranging from slightly spooky to stupidly scary are popping up all over the state in the next few weeks. We’ve compiled a list of Halloween events that offer treats for the whole family or tricks for more matured audiences.
Haunted Hayrides at Brandywine Creek State Park (Oct 13-14)
Celebrate Friday the 13th with a haunted hayride through the woods at Brandywine Creek State Park, and finish the night with a 30-minute campfire. Two wagons leave every half-hour from 7 to 9 PM. You may even bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy after the ride. The haunted hayride is not recommended for children under the age of 12. The State Park also offers “autumn” hayrides for those who are looking for more old-fashioned fun.
Ramsey’s Farm Corn Maze (Sept 23 – Oct 29)
Travel around the world at Ramsey’s Farm in their eight-acre corn maze shaped like a map of the world. As you make your way from continent to continent, learn about the agriculture in different places from all over the world. If you want to make it even harder for yourself to make it out of the maze, visit the farm on a Friday or Saturday from 5 to 9 PM to try the maze at night. Family Fun nights also include evening hayrides and bonfires.
Boo at the Zoo (Oct 20-21)
Celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Trick or treat at different stations all throughout the zoo, and see how our animals behave after hours! Costumes are not required, but encouraged. Pre-register for the event on their website
Out & About Magazine’s Halloween Loop (Oct 28)
On Saturday, October 28, Wilmington’s biggest night out continues for the 38th year as 12 bars join forces to host this revered citywide costumed pub crawl. There is no official starting point, so select the nightspot you’d like to visit first, pay the $10 cover, and you will receive a wristband that grants admission to all other Loop venues without paying another cover. Venues include Chelsea Tavern, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Firestone Roasting House, Timothy’s Riverfront Grill, and more. Be sure to wear your best costume, as many of the venues host costume contests, and the “Loop Patrol” gives on-the-spot prizes for creative costumes. You won’t want to miss this Wilmington tradition.
Frightland Haunted Attractions (Sept 29 – Nov 4)
The Frightland complex is a theme park for terror-seekers. Featuring eight terrifying indoor and outdoor haunted attractions, including a haunted attic, zombie prison, horror hayride, haunted cemetery, house of fear, zombie ghost town, haunted barn, and a haunted manor house, Frightland never fails to fuel your nightmares. Named a “Scariest Haunted Attractions in America” by Forbes, Huffington Post, and Travel Channel, Frightland even boasts paranormal activity.
Screams at the Beach (Sept 29 – Oct 28)
Come face to face with your worst fears at this large-scale haunted attraction in lower Delaware. In addition to their six main attraction, Screams at the Beach has added three new attractions this year, including Prison of the Plague and two escape rooms, Dissection and Serial K2 Kitchen. Plan for 2+ hours to complete all nine attractions, and consider purchasing a V.IV. (Very Important Victim) ticket to bypass lines.
Slaughterhouse Farm (Oct 6-31)
Once a year a local farm in Laurel, DE transforms into what some call a brutally morbid nightmare the likes of which has not been seen or recorded in history. Rumor has it that TJ Scott bought the farm after a long stay at a local mental hospital. The farm is located just off route 13 close enough to lore passing visitors off the busy highway and on to the property. All proceeds benefit Operation We Care. Operation We Care sends much needed care packages to our soldiers serving overseas.
Just north of the Delaware state line, these haunted attractions in Pennsylvania are sure to satisfy the most fearless among you.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Sept 22 – Nov 11)
This Philadelphia prison hosts Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, every Halloween season. This year’s six cellblock haunts include Machine Shop, Lock Down, Breakout!, Infirmary, Quarantine 4D and the new Blood Yard. Consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in America, Terror Behind the Walls was called “perfect for Halloween” by The New York Times, named #1 in the nation by Forbes, and featured on NBC’s TODAY Show. The penitentiary has also been featured on multiple TV shows investing paranormal activity, including the Travel Channel’s Most Haunted Live, Ghost Adventures, and Paranormal Challenge; Fox’s World’s Scariest Places; TLC’s America’s Ghost Hunters; MTV’s FEAR, and SyFy’s Ghost Hunters.
Bates Motel (Sept 22 – Oct 31)
Check into the motel, slip past scarecrows, zombies and other evils in the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail or try your luck on the Haunted Hayride through Araspha Farm. Their haunted hayride has been featured several times on the Travel Channel and has been rated as the Number 1 Haunted Attraction in America by Hauntworld Magazine and USA Today. Bates Motel is located in Glenn Mills, PA.