Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride Wows with Creativity

We arrived at Slaughter House Adventure later than I would have liked and because of this we would ultimately miss the opportunity to check out the Haunted Maze nor would a return trip through the now legendary barn manifest — none of this however was going to stop me from enjoying the Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride! When we arrived at the loading area we found a few other haunters milling about — kindred spirits as it turned out. As is our custom, we swapped stories from the road and the most interesting they had to tell concerned a little known haunt in St. Charles, Michigan called Village of the Living Dead. I read a little about it last year and thought it sounded intriguing but after hearing it described by these haunters as “terrifying” I find myself penciling it in for the 2013 haunt season. After a bit of back and forth, our wagon arrived and we were in for a full half hour amidst the cornfield and through the woods.

The Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride takes its cues from the Slaughter House Barn very well — fusing elements of comedy and illusion with basic haunt fundamentals. The result is a spooky fun ride through the Fowlerville wilderness highlighted by unique visual effects and quirky characters.

In the early stages of our journey the wagon was assaulted by clowns and then briefly accompanied by the Headless Horseman; we even saw a movie come to life — in a manner of speaking. While riding through the woods we witnessed a melee of odd folk, such as the fisherman who taunted us when our tractor had trouble pulling through his fishing hole and a man named Ed who had a liking for, what else, the dead. Elsewhere — a nutter swung between trees armed with a chainsaw, a super-sized vulture eyed us hungrily, and one poor fellow was found doubled over a barrel puking his guts out whilst he lamented his choice of Taco Bell for dinner!

And the madness didn’t stop there. Near the woods’ edge we encountered an alien crash site where some bloke prattled on about being the victim of a probing, we witnessed the escape of Harry Potter’s evil twin, and stood aside as an Army gunner mowed down some shambling zombies.

My favorite startle scares however occurred while we were still in the woods — the first took place just after we’d fled Ed and his dead. The headlights of a car could be seen to our right off in the woods and the car began a mad dash toward our wagon! I won’t give away the entire scene as not to spoil it but suffice it to say that the entire sequence was pulled off surprisingly well — it’s amazing what a little attention to details like perspective and timing can do. The second gag involved a couple of ghouls who had taken to chopping down a tree and they didn’t exactly have our safety in mind. It was a neat trick that I’ve yet to witness on any other haunted hayride.

The conclusion of the hayride did not disappoint either as it featured a wonderful set piece, an anarchist pyromaniac, and a surprise return! It made for a fitting end to a very fun and interesting haunted hayride. There was certainly a lot of production value put into the Blood Bath and Beyond Hayride and quite frankly there are things here that the average haunter just isn’t likely to see at most other hayrides. When you consider the amount of attractions at Slaughter House Adventure and the detail and planning put into each, it’s easy to see that this location offers haunters a great bang for the buck.

Rating: 4.25 stars

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