Boone Hall’s Fright Night

“Spooky Season” has reached its midway peak as it gets closer to Halloween night. One way many people celebrate is by attending haunted attractions. Luckily, The College is close to one of the best ones yet. Boone Hall, located in Mount Pleasant, presents Fright Night.

There is a certain way one must attend haunted houses. People should ease themselves into it to warm up to the idea of constant fear and the occasional running into walls due to pitch blackness.

“The Corn Maze” is a nice way to start that easing into. It is one aMAZEing time! It is out in the open air so it helps with relaxing someone into the uneasy environment they are about to enter, but be sure to watch each step because the uneven ground of dirt is bound to take another person down.

Everyone can walk with whoever they want. The first steps into the maze are greeted with a faint rustling and the overwhelming anticipation of waiting for things to jump out. The scariest part of it all is the misinterpretation of things not being too scary and it is what really can get someone when they enter the next three attractions.

Sure, things felt okay in the maze, but it all goes downhill with what comes next.

“The Clearing” is up next with its line being the shortest. It seems alright because it is not too loud. Ignorance is bliss, right?

Eventually, all hope is lost by the second terrifying jump scare of people coming from behind all the walls being passed. Dead women screaming, weird folded flaps of bat wings coming at you and animatronics appearing in the most unexpected way. This one clearly sets the stage for what a haunted house is all about: being terrified.

After walking through the exit, a breath of relief is taken, but only to realize there are two more to go.

The next one is the haunted hayride or better known as, “The Woods.” Shaken up from before’s events, only the worst can be expected. Or, maybe it will be relaxing because a hayride cannot be too bad.

Well, as it turns out, a hayride can be a lot more terrifying than one would think. Especially if it is in pitch black with not knowing what is behind you or in front of you. It is also important to note that anything or anyone can climb up on the ride with you. It becomes a lot more real when there is nowhere to run due to being forced to stay on a bale of hay.

Shaken and not knowing what to think, “The Farmhouse” is next. The most terrifying part is waiting in the line. Not because of how long the wait is, but because of the screams you hear from inside and the smoke coming from the building.

Even before entering there is a man screaming and demanding that you hurry up so it is not the most welcoming haunted house.

Soon, all sense of sight is completely taken away. There are no flashing lights or actors, there are only black walls blending in with the dark. Soon, someone will most likely run into walls. Soon, someone will be doused in a sensory overwhelm and soon some creature will be reaching through the ceiling to take everyone off guard.

Nothing is expected and nothing becomes unexpected. Eventually, you have to push your way through black air bags to the safety of an exit. The exit comes to someone so fast because there was no room to think about where you were or what was happening.

It is up to whoever to decide if being scared is a form of entertainment. It is safe to say that if it is, then it is the perfect place. If one place doesn’t scare enough, the others will make up for that loss.

With pumpkin patches being its neighbor and the chilly weather of fall, it really is a trip that awakens the spooky spirit for all of October.

 

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Judith Arendall, a Nashville native, is a Junior english major with a Writing, Rhetoric and Publication emphasis. In Judith’s free time, aside from writing for CisternYard, she interns at Blue Bicycle Books.


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