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Halloween is right around the corner and with that in mind, it’s time to start thinking about places to go and get spooked.
Around Hutchinson, there are a few well populated “haunted houses” such as; Field of Screams located in Maize, the Haunted Cannery in El Dorado, and Forest of Fear in Udall.
EVERY YEAR WHEN THE AIR TURNS COOL, YOU KNOW THEY’RE COMING FOR YOU! That is a slogan by Field of Screams.
Field of Screams is set up in a cornfield where surprises lurk around every cornstalk. During the wait to enter this spooky maze, there are actors dressed in scary costumes standing around making people jump by getting as close as a half of an inch from their face. There is also a video with horror-movie themes that plays before you go in making the environment much creepier. As if it wasn’t scary enough, they have a Clown Town in the middle of the field where clowns jump out when least expected.
The Haunted Cannery is a ride of terror set in Walter’s Pumpkin Patch. There is a hay-ride that brings people around a cornfield, and leads to an abandoned grain elevator, once they stop, passengers get off and explore the 4-story elevator, filled with surprises and jump-scares at every turn. Here’s another interesting fact about the Haunted Cannery is that some of the dressed up volunteers helping run the event are Bishop Carroll students.
If you are wanting an authentic paranormal experience, the Forest of Fear in Udall has actual documentation of supernatural events. During the wait, there is an outdoor scary movie, a campfire, people telling ghost stories, and a snack area. To make the landscape spookier, the creatures heard aren’t all man made.
There are plenty other haunted houses in the area, so check a few out if you are a thrill seeker.