Living fear and undead ghouls will soon return to northern Carroll County as the 19th annual Bedlam in the Boro returns beginning on Oct. 4.
The major fundraiser of the Lineboro fire company, Bedlam in the Boro will feature a Haunted Hayride, a haunted house called the House of Horror and new this year, a Paintball Zombie Hunt, according to John Frock, event chairman for the fire company.
"We'll have zombie mannequin targets that move and we'll put a bathtub out there with a target head sticking its head out and you shoot at that," Frock said. "We noticed with the people that come to our event, they come to the house and they come to the hayride and they leave. We want to do something to keep the crowd there, so we're going to try the paintball."
Paintball guns and ammunition will be supplied for those that wish to take a crack at the undead targets for a fee to be determined, according to Frock.
Frock said that there will also be new attractions in the House of Horror, as well as new trailers for the Haunted Hayride.
The Haunted Hayride was originally the sole event at Bedlam in the Boro, according to firefighter John Krebs Jr., who is in charge of the hayride this year.
"The hayride has always been there," Krebs Jr. said. "The haunted house, it started out as a tent that you walked through while waiting in line to get on the hayride. About six or seven years ago, we built a big pavilion and made that into our haunted house."
This year, the House of Horror will have 24 rooms, Frock said, some of them older favorites with minor tweaks to make them more frightening, but other rooms are brand new, such as the "spot room" and "spider room," each of which host surprises for the groups of haunted house-goers.
"We let you go in as a group, because you get more scare out of it," Frock said. "The groups also set the pace for the actors so they can do their stuff, scare, and get back in position."
According to John Krebs Sr., a Lineboro fire company volunteer who helped found Bedlam in the Boro 19 years ago, even as the event has grown over the years, the Haunted Hayride has remained the core attraction.
"People come to the haunted house but they really come out for the hayride, that's what we're known for," Krebs Sr. said. "The thing we hope for every year is that it doesn't rain on Fridays and Saturdays in the month of October. A couple of years ago, we actually got snowed out and we still have pictures of the tractors just sitting there, covered in snow."
Bedlam in the Boro will be open from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from Oct. 4 through Oct. 26.
The Haunted Hayride is a three mile ride on a hay trailer through various scenes of a horrific nature, some of which pack surprises, according to Krebs Jr.
The Haunted Hayride is $12 for those ages 9 and older and $8 for those ages 8 and younger, while the House of Horror will be $10 for those ages 9 and older and $8 for those ages 8 and younger.
A combination ticket for both the Haunted Hayride and House of Horror will be available for $16 for those ages 9 and older, $10 for those ages 8 and younger.
Since the Haunted Hayride might not be appropriate for younger children, Bedlam in the Boro will also offer the Bedlam Bypass, a non-frightening, daytime hayride to a pumpkin patch where each child will receive a free pumpkin, according to Krebs Jr.
The Bedlam Bypass will be available from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, and will be $5 for riders of any age.
For more information, go to http://www.lineborovfd.org/content/haunt/.