Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted Houses

One of the most important fall activities around Halloween are haunted houses and hayrides. The Headless Horseman incorporates both. One ticket will get you a haunted hayride, corn maze, and five haunted houses. The public pays $33 a ticket, which is reasonable considering the amount of time that a person would spend going through all of the attractions. However, for college students, $33 is not only a large amount of money, but out of the question for a recreational activity. Marist RSC must have zoned into our needs because every year they sponsor a trip to the Headless Horseman and charge $10 for not only a ticket to the attraction, but a ride there as well. To spend less than half the price for a ticket to a nationally ranked haunted attraction is too good to pass up, especially for those who feel a strong need to be scared out of their minds right before Halloween.


The Headless Horseman starts with a hayride that leaves right after that sky turns pitch black. The ride goes through the woods and gives people a false sense of security. While it is entertaining and fun with a few scary parts, it is not as terrifying as the attraction has been built up to be. That changes, however, as you continue through the attractions. Each attraction increases in how scary it is. By the last house, my friends were running outside of the house screaming. I was the only one out of my friends who is not easily scared, so I was chosen to go first through most of the houses. For those who are worried about my well-being, I promise I emerged from each house unscathed, aside from a sprained wrist from my friend, who pulled my hand in an unnatural direction after being frightened and “almost eaten” (according to her…) by a zombie.

I won’t go into detail about each part of the ride so I do not ruin it for people who would like to go in the future, but I will leave you with some advice that I learned from my experience:

–       To those who do not compose themselves well when scared, make sure you go to Headless Horseman with a big group and hide in the middle. If you appear to be terrified, you will be singled out by the workers and traumatized.

–       Make sure you put your phone in a secure location. It may seem like a good idea at the time to throw your phone off the hayride at one of the workers in an attempt to “save yourself” but believe me, you’ll regret it later.

–       DO NOT walk slow throughout the houses. Even if you are scared, if you keep walking, you spend less time with the undead and they will eventually move on.

–       DO NOT make eye contact with anyone. These workers are trained to detect the fear in your eyes.

–       And, if you are the brave one like me, bring a wrist brace and earplugs. You’ll thank me later…

My last piece of advice would be to bring some extra cash with you. Although after paying for your $10 ticket you will not need any money once you get there, if you get hungry after a good scare, there are four places to get some amazing food, including pumpkin pie, brownies, popcorn, pretzels, and apple crisp. Having some money could also buy you a souvenir, to prove to people that you survived the Headless Horseman. Maybe you could eventually convince everyone else that you didn’t almost cry when you were running through the corn maze.

By: Hannah Furlong

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