Monthly Archives: May 2011

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

Makeup Wars

The makeup crew at the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride have been meeting every Saturday to practice makeup techniques and design new characters that will make this attraction the scariest in the region. Shawn and Cosimo are leading the way and teaching some of our best actors how to apply their own makeup and prosthetics. Our goal this year is to incorporate Hollywood-quality special FX and makeup so our Haunted House and Hayride will be as original as possible. Take a look at some of the work they have done.

New Haunted Hayride Scene

Here is a sneak peak at what will be our newest scene at the Arasapha Farms’ Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride. It’s a 30′ x 50′ drive through barn filled with amazing, scary animatronics and live actors that is guaranteed to strike fear in all who enter. We added a 40′ long conveyor that will hold about 30 bodies and will surround the wagons as they pass through. This scene is just one of the new sets being designed and built at Arasapha Farm for the Halloween season in 2011. Stay tuned for more shots and videos of this amazing, scary ride.

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.