New Werewolf prop for the Haunted Corn Maze

Our build crew is working on a new custom Werewolf prop that will be featured in the Westworld Haunted Trail this season. All the animatronics have been made and programmed, and all we need to do is complete the stone facade and paint the structure.

Werewolf shakes girl and drags her into his lair

The action on this prop is amazing. The Werewolf shakes the victim violently back and forth, then looks up and growls at you. Then he bites the girl and drags her back into his cave.Very cool!!

Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride Build Updates

The Bates Motel gang has been putting in overtime getting ready for the 2012 season. Our website has been updated and we will now open in late September and will be open the first weekend in November. Our castle sculpt is complete and has been distressed and ready for paint! Chris sculpting the stone lines on the west tower

New Arches for the entrance to our Hayride

We are adding to the grand entrance of the Haunted Hayride with two huge arches towering above the wagons as they enter the trail. Watch for special effects as you pass them!

Bates Motel Owners Present a check to the American Cancer Society

The Bates family has always supported various charity organizations throughout the year. One of the main charitable groups is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, held at Penncrest High School this May. For the last 12 years, Anne and Randy Bates have donated time, materials and money to this worthy cause. Last year they hosted the Run for Hope on their farm, and have supported various Relay for Life events throughout the region. Here you see Anne and Randy Bates on the right presenting a check to Kim Wienches of the American Cancer Society at the recent event in Middletown, Delaware County

Bates Motel Castle gets an Extreme Makover

New framework for the Hayride Castle


The Bates Motel build crew have been hard at work upgrading the Hayride Castle. We have added taller parapits, longer walls and new surprises! Here you can see Joe working on the framework to strengthen the structure.


Once the framework was completed, the entire structure was shot with a rigid foam coating to help preserve it and act as a canvas for carving the blocks and bringing the castle to life

Bates Motel gets Extreme Makeover

The build and design crew have been working all winter to renovate and improve the number one Haunted Attraction in America. They have ripped out five entire rooms and hallways and have plans in place to make this awesome attraction even better for 2012!

Tearing out the walls inside the Bates Motel

With the mild winter, we have been able to work inside the Haunted House (no heat) for the last several weeks, removing props, sets and wall panels in anticipation of major additions for the upcoming season. Some of the ideas we have conjured up are a high-tech haunted kitchen, basement and boiler scene and a highly detailed wine cellar. All these rooms will be outfitted with amazing scares and surprises. If anyone has any ideas for room design or would like to see something different, email us at

Bates Motel is Rocking this October

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride is blowing the doors off all the other attractions in the Philadelphia area this year. With a brand new trail in the Haunted Hayride, and massive new sets, this ride is better than ever. Customers are loving the new scenes and scares. The haunted trail features more actors and new props that will blow you away. With giant mechanical spiders, and a life-size alligator and new pond scene, guests have been raving about our corn field trail. The infamous Bates Motel has also added new rooms and more actors than ever to give you the best Halloween family fun. Don’t forget to check out our sponsor, Paranormal Activity 3, that will premier in theatres October 21st. here’s a shot from the movie

Opening in theatres next week

Don’t forget to visit Pennhurst Asylum, America’s Scariest Haunted Attraction.

Top 10 Scariest Haunted Attractions being filmed this Friday night

The Bates motel and Haunted Hayride has been chosen to be featured on the “Top 10 Scariest Haunted Attractions” and the production crew will be filming at the Bates Motel Friday night, September 30th. This is your chance to be on national TV as this show will be aired throughout the month of October. Come out and see all the new sets, props and amazing actors we have added this year and scream your heads off for the cameras! Gates open at 6:30 and our attraction will be up and running at 7 pm. Here’s a link to showing us ranked as the best in the country!

No other haunted House produces screams like the Bates Motel! Click here to purchase early bird tickets for this weekend only.

Bates Motel TV Spot

Only one week to go until the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride opens! We can’t wait! To help let everyone know about the haunt that was voted one of the scariest in America by the Travel Channel we’ve made this TV spot

Let us know what you think!


Discount Tickets to the Bates Motel

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The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride has once again been rated the best Haunted Attraction in America by . To celebrate we are offering a 25% discount on all V.I.P. passes and Combo tickets. Click here to get the discount or go to, click buy tickets now, then put “blog25″ in the promo code location. This offer ends Friday September 9th at midnight. We have undergone major renovations to the Haunted Hayride and Bates Motel that will offer you the best Haunted Attraction experience ever! Even the Haunted Trail has new monsters and a huge new pond surrounded by alligators.

Don’t forget to check out Pennhurst Asylum, our other major Haunted Theme Park, located just 45 minutes away in Spring City, PA. Click here to get the 25% discount tickets for the V.I.P. and Combo tickets. Rated as the scariest haunted Attraction in the country, Pennhurst now has 4 major haunted houses; Pennhurst Asylum, Dungeon of Lost Souls, Ghost Hunt, and the Tunnel of terror.

Bates Motel to be featured on the Weather Channel

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The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride has been selected as one of the top ten scariest Haunted Attractions in America by the Weather Channel, and will be featured on a special 1 hour show called “Top Hallow Screams” to be aired this October. The film crew from High Noon Productions will be shooting live on September 30th at the Bates Motel. If you want to be on TV, this is your chance. You can buy the Early Bird Special tickets online and save 20% on the combo ticket, and be featured on this show. Click here for the fast link. Stay tuned for more updates and info.