Consistently ranked as one the top 13 scariest haunts in America*, the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses (better known as the “H5”) is a guaranteed scare, which is perhaps putting it mildly. Bearing the proud legacy of “creating nightmares for 21 years,” the H5 showcases a number of fright-inducing attractions across their 45-acre property. During the mile-long Foretelling Hayride, a psychic will read your fortune from a cursed deck of Tarot Cards; the future might look a little grim in that light. A simple stroll through a pumpkin patch this is not.
As you wend your way through H5’s line-up of nine major attractions — six haunted houses, a “walk-thru,” a corn maze and a hayride — the ambience only grows darker. Each venue is based around a horrifying tale of torture and slaughter. The Evil Reaping Dark Harvest corn maze lures brave venturers into confusing and close personal quarters with prisoners who have been tortured by a serial killer and then staked, nearly dead, to scarecrow posts in a cornfield. If viewing the movie “Hocus Pocus” scares you into sleeping with the lights on, you might prefer to pass your evening by exploring the gift shops and food concessions instead.
The haunted attractions are:
- The Feeding: Flesh They Crave haunted house
- Glutton’s Slaughterhouse haunted house
- The Lunar Motel haunted house
- The Mansion of Dahlia Blood haunted house
- Night Shade Nursery and Greenhouse haunted house
- The Root Cellar haunted house
- Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Sideshow walk-thru
Originally designed to host a single haunted hayride, the H5 employs 350 people to help cultivate the perfect scare. Sets are decorated with real props from an abandoned hospital, which took two days to empty out and set up in Ulster Park.The show has gained national attention, from both Time magazine and the "TODAY Show." Take caution: this show will scare even the most professional news anchors out of their socks. Are you up for the challenge? Share your survivor’s tale in the comments below.