EDGMONT — Whenever someone talks about autumn and the Halloween season in Delaware County and the surrounding areas, there’s almost a sure bet that the name “Arasapha” will be mentioned.
As soon as fall arrives, Arasapha Farm, owned and operated by the Bates family for several generations, transforms into one of the biggest, scariest Halloween attractions in the entire nation, with three spine-chilling experiences, the Bates Motel, the Haunted Hayride and the Haunted Trail.
Now in its 29th season, the farm’s three major Halloween attractions have consistently garnered top national awards. For 15 years, the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride have been ranked as one of top Haunted Attractions in America every single year, and it only gets better. 2018 CNN Travel rated the Bates Motel the number one haunted attraction in America. This year, America Haunts rated Delaware County's favorite trifecta of scares as the "Most Entertaining Haunted Attraction in America." The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride are like the Disney World of the Halloween season— visitors go back year after year, because there’s always something new, thrilling, and exciting to explore.
The Haunted Hayride is a heart pounding ride through the dark forest of Arasapha Farm, and is filled with huge, detailed sets, giant monsters and more pyrotechnics than a rock concert. According to the folks at Arasapha, “With new sets, and a new digital soundtrack, the Hayride is better than ever before.”
The Haunted Trail is a terrifying walk through a tall corn field that’s filled with buildings, detailed sets, lots of animatronic monsters and over 30 actors in full makeup and custom costumes.
The cornerstone of this attraction is the Bates Motel. A huge, Victorian mansion that is filled with intricate, realistic detail, 25 seasoned actors and unexpected scares. The realism in the Bates Motel is what’s sets it apart from the others. It’s guaranteed to wow even the most discriminating haunted house enthusiast.
In addition to the “big three” attractions that offer memorable fall fun for everyone, Arasapha Farm offers more entertainment with Coffin Rides, Axe Throwing, Escape Rooms, a concession stand and gift shop offering seasonal food and merchandise and Zombie Laser Tag.
The Bates Motel, Haunted Trail and Haunted Hayride are open every night through Oct. 31. Hours are 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.
For the younger set, or those who want to have some fall fun without the scares, Arasapha Farm offers the Harvest Hayride. Activities include barnyard bounce house, pillow jump, petting zoo, straw bale maze, gem mining, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, train rides and corn cannons.
Visitors can also pick their own pumpkins and gourds and enjoy a variety of food in the courtyard.
The Harvest Hayride at Arasapha Farm is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 27. For more information, visit www.harvesthayride.com or call 610-459-0647.
Almost as soon as the last witch and ghost fly off the farm, Arasapha will present the Holiday Hayride and Christmas tree sales.
The Holiday Hayride is a 20 minute journey through the beautiful, rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, filled with festive light displays, animated sets and seasonal decorations.
Tractor-pulled hay wagons depart every 5 minutes and are equipped with digital sound systems playing holiday music, making the seasonal experience a journey to remember. After a ride through the winter wonderland, visitors can stop by the concession stand for some cocoa, hot dogs, funnel cakes and popcorn and then warm up by a bonfire to relax.
No trip to Holiday Hayride is complete without a visit to Santa, where photos can be taken. Visitors can also check out the all new Santa’s workshop and train set. New for this year is a magical train ride through beautiful holiday displays that’s a treat for both children and adults.
The Holiday Hayride is open 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7, 8 and Dec. 13-23.
After experiencing the Holiday Hayride, visitors to the farm can cut their own tree, choosing from hundreds of Douglas Fir, Norway spruce and Blue spruce trees that they can cut themselves. Families an start a family tradition and cut their own tree with the kids.
Visitors to the farm who don’t have the desire to cut their own, can choose from a huge selection of fresh cut Christmas trees include Douglas Fir, Frazier Fir, Grand Fir, Noble Fir and Norway Spruce. All trees are fresh cut, and will last throughout the holiday season. Prices vary according to size and species. A variety of wreaths and roping is also available
Tree sales take place Nov. 29 through Dec. 24, on weekdays, 12 noon to 9 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery and set-up will be available.