Trails to Terror
During the Halloween season, the 30-acres of farmland at Highland Farms in Wakefield, Rhode Island are transformed into ghastly displays filled with monsters terrorizing the countless guests passing through on wagons. Trails to Terror got its start in 1996 as a way for farm owner Jack Sumner to supplement his farm business. The previous year, Sumner had offered appointment-only hayrides to explore the new trend of agritourism and realized he had to step it up a notch and took a look at the haunt industry. After putting feelers out into the professional market, he got in contact with Larry Wilhem (AKA "Scary Larry") and a partnership was formed.
Wilhelm continues to be general manager of Trails to Terror to this day and starts work on new scripts and all-around construction every June before the season, though the staff typically begins discussing new ideas almost a year in an advance. Today, he oversees the massive staff composed of a director, actors, security personnel, supervisors, make-up artists, and even several consultants. Over fifty actors stalk the 30-acre haunted attraction that features two separate haunts and has turned into a massive hit in the area, drawing people as far away as Massachusetts.
Trails to Terror undergoes a reinvention each new season, offering up new haunts for their returning guests. Past attractions have included Dead Men Tell No Tales (a pirate-themed adventure complete with storyline), Cirque De Slay, Grim Fairytales, Last Train to Del Morte (which took guests on a haunted trainride through a ghost town of the Old West), Dead Land, and more. For the 2010 season, the haunt introduced Fright At Midnight. With each passing hour, with each peal of the bells, the demon hordes gather to enter and conquer our world. Inspired by the writings of Rhode Island's own H.P. Lovecraft, 30 minutes of shear Apocryphal Horror!! Then, you and your friends have lost your way in the woods. You hear something... you catch movement out of the corner of your eye. If you cross this bridge, is it a way out or the 1st step into madness? You have just entered The Forest Of Fear!
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