Springboro Haunted Hayride-“Fear On Wheels”
The sun slowly sets for this warm fall evening. We pulled up to the parking lot for the Springboro Haunted Hayride and we were looking forward to an evening full of fun and fright. Every year this long running hayride brings in a large crowd, but does it live up to the hype?
Length-10: It will take nearly 30 minutes for your ride of terror to end. Actors are every which way you turn and the action rarely lets up.
Design-7: This is a well designed hayride, but there aren’t enough impressive scenes that will have you in awe. Scenes include a psycho circus, Camp Crystal Lake, haunted cornfield, a witch’s brew and so much more. Overall there is a good mix of traditional hayride scenes along with some new contemporary scares that are sure to scare an older audience.
Props/Animatronics-8: Springboro Haunted Hayride is different from some hayrides since it relies mostly on its own farm equipment for the major scares at the hayride. You won’t find any high end animatronics or Hollywood sets, but the props that you come across speak for themselves. At certain points of the hayride you’ll be chased by tractors, cars, fork lifts and even a headless horseman. It can get pretty intense and watch out as some the vehicles may bump the back of the wagon. Other props include a homemade electric chair, flying ghosts and your typical props you’ve some to expect from Springboro.
Acting-9: While the actors don’t rely on scripted lines or follow a specific story line, they are intense and relentless when it comes to scaring people on the hayride. If you have a fear of chainsaws, you’ll be cowering as you’re attacked by many chainsaw wielding maniacs who have taken over the wagon. Characters include classic scarecrows, backwoods hill billies, crazy clowns and your usual batch of actors you’ve come to expect.
Scare Effect-9: This is an intense haunt and depending on the night it may not be appropriate for young children. The wagon we were on had numerous kids freaking out to the point of crying and the actors fed on that fear. The actors are intense, the farm equipment chase outs can be scary and overall it’s a frightening good time.
Fright Value: $12 is a good price for a hayride of this quality. For $15 you can purchase a combo ticket for Springboro Haunted Hayride and The Black Bog. You’ll have a good night full of scary memories.
Final Stab-8.6: Springboro Haunted Hayride is as intense as ever, but considering the amount of money they make I would like to see the addition of high tech animatronics and impressive sets while on the hayride. Overall it’s one of the better hayrides out there and has become a classic among many families looking for a traditional haunt that everyone can enjoy.