Boardman Park Haunted Hayride
Posted by LOTGK on October 20, 2007
Parking was very accessible, and it was only a minute or two walk to the entrance. Being that Boardman Park was a heavily wooded area with trails and paths cut out for walking, the setting was perfect for a haunted hayride. We got in line for the tickets which was a very small line, only a handful of people in front of us. So far, this was by far superior to Canfield Scaregrounds. The price was nice as well, only $4.00 per ticket. Half the cost of Canfield.
The line for the hayride had several hundred excited people waiting but with several tractors and carts, the wait was less than a half an hour. Again, so far so good. We made it to the loading area and picked our seats on the bales of hay. We were told that no flash photography of any kind, (What other kind is there) was permitted while on the hayride. A minute or two later we were on our way into the dark woods.
The hayride started off with several quick jump from behind the tree’s scares and then proceeded to the first scene. It was manned by young kids. And when I say young, I mean not yet in high school young. I would see that for the entire hayride, these young pre-high school kids manned every scene. There were plenty of scenes, but with little children trying to scare you, it just wasn’t hitting the point. The only adult actor was the two wielding the two chainsaws.
The ride ended and we walked to the center of the park where there were plenty of crafts being sold, a pumpkin carving contest, hundreds of already carved pumpkins on display, and one French fry stand. Yes, I order a $3.00 cup of fries. They were hot, well cooked, and in a white cup. We found a picnic bench amongst the pumpkin carvers and sat and ate our fries. I must say they were better than Canfields. They were crunchy, tasty, hot, and had just the right amount of salt. A little pricey for 3 bucks, but it was the only game in town.
I was hoping that with the setting that Boardman Park offered, it would have been a much better haunted hay ride. The cost was cheap, and now I knew why. The carved pumpkins were impressive, and the active carving and other crafts going on was enough for an enjoyable evening.
below are several pictures taken at the hay ride. Click the thumb nail for a larger version.
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL