Earlier this month, the crew decided to go on a spooky adventure. We had heard the Haunted Barn was BACK FROM THE DEAD and decided to see if they could "scare the pants off of us". The plan was simple: we go together, walk through TOGETHER (‘cause let's face it, who wants to go alone?).
Last Friday was the best chance for us, but due to minor issue, only one of us could go through while the other waited outside (I think it's really cause that crew member didn’t want to be a counted among the "wetters/quitters", under the "wetters" section of the board 😉 ). While I was inside the barn, my partner actually got to chat with some of the actors and one of the owners. Among the chainsaw buzzing, you could hear screams, laughter, and lots of folks complimenting that in fact the haunted barn was the best it has been in all 12 years (11 years open).
“My favorite was all the doors! Dude you guys pulled out all the stops!” -Guest
“This was EPIC- I nearly peed my pants!” -Guest
“All the sets looked incredible, how did they do that ….”-Guest
“That’s one creepy bride.”-Guest
“I enjoyed scaring people, but I won’t walk through the barn at night” -Actor
This is a testament to the hard work that was put in during the off year. Speaking with Kris (one of the owners), when it had closed it was planned to be done for good, and everything was sold/torn down, but the passion of scaring folks never quite left. With that, the question of “Why did we enjoy doing it, but are no longer enjoying it?” popped up. After a bit of soul searching, it became clear that they needed to bring it back, but get rid of all the gimmicky scary things that have been done already countless times and build rooms to interact with the guests.
So the owners did just that.
They gutted the Barn, built rooms and worked with the actors on what they would like to do with each space. This gave the actors momentum and drove their passion- as they could be anything they imagined with a little bit of direction from the owners.
By the time I came out, my partner was clearly chatting up a storm. I went in incognito for the full experience, then one of the staff took me through a second time with my camera. My favorites were the bloody bride and the creepy clown with the (in)appropriately scary name…
Want to get spooked like us? You still have one more weekend (Oct 30th & Oct 31st) to enjoy the Haunted Barn. To find the barn, take 51 east. It's not far out of Stoughton – just watch for the flashing light. The cost is $18 per ticket, or $25 for a fast pass if you want to skip the line. We showed up right around 7:00 and it was about a ten minute wait; because of the way that you interact with the actors in each scene, they space out the groups a little bit (with generally no more than four people per group), so I'm guessing it's worth getting there early to avoid a longer line. The barn will be open from 7pm to midnight on October 30 and 31st before closing for the year; it's worth a visit.
Want to get Spooked Like Us?
You still have one more weekend (Oct 30th & Oct 31st) to enjoy the Haunted Barn. Click here to be redirected to their website to learn more and purchase tickets online (if you dare).
The cost is $18 per ticket, or
$25 for a fast pass if you want to skip the line.
*NOTICE: Photography is NOT allowed without the consent from the owners of the Haunted Barn. We had permission to take all the photos posted here. Please respect their wishes.
Directions to the Haunted Barn
To find the barn, take 51 east. It's not far out of Stoughton – just watch for the flashing light. (At press time it appeared that some of their signage was removed/stolen)