The Daly Mansion presents its annual Haunted Hayride through the mansion grounds with a theme of “Ghosts Never Die!” and 10 frightening scenarios, Oct. 26 and 27.
Script writer Steve Fullerton called it a ghost infestation and said although not all actors may be dressed as ghosts they will be mostly dead.
“We’ll have the headless horseman again,” Fullerton said. “This guy does Fourth Street in Hamilton every Halloween. You hear the ‘clomp, clomp, clomp’ coming at you.”
“He goes flying past on his big beautiful black horse,” said Darlene Gould, mansion director.
This year the Haunted Hayrides are a riding route — there is no part of the tour where riders will need to walk. It has more scenes and some of the favorite scary things will be put in an appearance. There are lots of “jump outs” but nothing will make contact with riders.
The Haunted Hayrides are not recommended for children under age 7.
“Actually, children younger than 14 years should be accompanied by an adult,” Fullerton said.
He’s has seen people of all ages get really scared and the triggers are sometime surprising.
“One lady was so afraid of the ‘Clown Alley’ last year that she was climbing over others in the wagon to get away,” he said. “She was the biggest terrified person I’ve seen in a long time. She was like ‘Oh, my God, I’m going to die.’ We just kept moving, we don’t stop.”
Admission costs $5 per ride, and just like the undertaker, there are no reservations required. Haunted Hayrides operate from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 27, at the Daly Mansion, 251 Eastside Highway, Hamilton.
To get to the start of the Haunted Hayride turn west off of Eastside Highway, drive slowly down the mansion driveway to the parking lot and line up for the tours. Dress warmly and be able to climb into the wagons.
“The tour goes down the drive towards the mansion, around the mansion to the back, along the south side of the property, past the pool and the plunge,” Fullerton said. “It takes nearly three dozen actors, people who like to scare people over and over again, to make a good show. We are always looking for actors.”
The Daly Mansion has a committee of five plus nearly three dozen volunteers as concessionaires, tour guides and actors. Hamilton High School choir students will be helping as ghouls, zombies and monsters.
The Haunted Hayride event supports the Daly Mansion and volunteers will be selling concessions of hot cider, hot chocolate and popcorn. Sponsors are Mikesell’s Fine Jewelry, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and Payne West Insurance.
“It is going to be scary,” Gould said. “Marcus Daly will be there, the Mad Hatter and lots of zombies. Be prepared for a surprise at the end of the ride.”
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