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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 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.

Bates Motel gets rave reviews

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride has been getting incredible reviews from magazines and blogs all over the country. The resounding fact is that this place is really SCARY! Check out some of them from the links below. The Bates crew are working hard on new sets for the Haunted Hayride that will put this attraction over the top. New scenes in our haunted trail are also coming together. The corn maze has been planted and will take shape soon.

Here’s a link to the Fangoria Magazine review:  http://www.fangoria.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2447:halloween-haunts-the-bates-motel-and-pennhurst-asylum&catid=36:demo-articles&Itemid=56

Here’s a link from scariesthauntedhouses: http://scariesthauntedhouses.net/scariest-haunted-houses/bates-motel-philadelphia-haunted-house.html

Look for more reviews in our next blog.

The Bates Motel gets a new Website!

The Fire Eater on the roof of the gift shop at the Bates Motel

Our fire-eater on the roof of the gift shop at the Bates Motel

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride website has been totally revamped. Our webmaster at Rogues Hollow has added imbedded video and a new menu bar that really rocks. All the new information for the 2011 season is on the site and the online ticket sales button is now turned on. Keep checking back as we will be adding more scary videos and photos from past seasons. We will also be adding a “sneak preview” page with info and photos of new sets and props that the hauntmasters at Arasapha Farm are working on this summer. Let us know how you like the new website and any suggestions for improvement that you would like to see. Check out www.thebatesmotel.com to see one of the scariest haunted attractions in the country.

Amazingly Scary Pyro

Last year the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride added some new toys to our inventory of terrifying monsters, props and sets. Jeff Cox, who owns a film special effects company, built two flame explosion units for our show. One is located in our haunted hayride, and the other was mounted on the roof of the Bates Motel. Here’s a shot of the one on our haunted house. Keep an eye out for more updates about America’s favorite haunted attraction!

20' ball of fire highlights the Bates Motel

Behind the scenes at the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride


Welcome to the official blog for the The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride. Last year we had one of our best seasons ever. In fact, NBC’s Mike Tiberi called it “the most elaborate Halloween Haunted Attraction in America” during his interview with us last October. Clearly if you are looking for sheer fear, this is the place to go! And we are looking forward to another great season in 2011, with new scary props, huge sets and monsters. Our Haunted Hayride is getting a makeover with a new trail section and three new sets that will be sure to strike fear in the hearts and souls of our customers! Stay tuned for a sneak preview of these new sets. But to make the season jam packed with things that make our customers scream and come back for more…a lot goes into our haunt all year round.

With just over 6 months left to opening night, the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride construction is going full speed ahead! We have a crew of 12 construction experts working full time upgrading the infrastructure in the hayride trail, and adding new scary scenes to the haunted corn maze. Along with a new pond filled with monsters, this scary maze will also resurrect the infamous “clown show” that is guaranteed to strike fear in the bravest of people. We try hard to make this the top Halloween event on the east coast. Let us know what you think is scary; post a comment below with ideas and maybe you will see it come to life in October!

So if you want to get a behind the scenes peak at what makes us the Number One Haunt in America check this blog often or look for posts on our Facebook page.

 

Here’s a featured video from the Travel Channel.