Behind the scenes

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 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 info@thebatesmotel.com

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.

 

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