Fright Farm

Fright Farm has been an integral part of many people’s Halloween tradition for over three decades, growing every year since its inception. Entering its 35th season, Fright Farm is one of Pennsylvania’s top rated professional haunted attractions.  Our state-of-the-art special effects, highly-detailed scenes, custom digital soundtracks, computerized lighting, and talented actors make Fright Farm a frightening experience unlike any other.

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Beware the spirits above and the creatures below as you explore the attractions of Fright Farm. Tremble in fear as the terrors that lie in the dark and the sins that reside within emerge to chase you to your doom. This year, Fright Farm has been INFESTED and will have you and anyone who dares to enter dropping like flies.

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SLAUGHTER HOLLOW

NEW FOR 2023! Brace yourself as you enter the deranged world of a bloodthirsty family of chainsaw-wielding killers, their relentless revving echoing through the air as you navigate the ominous corridors. Unpredictable and intense, this bone-chilling encounter may push the boundaries of your courage, inviting those who dare to confront their deepest fears. Visitors seeking a heart-pounding adrenaline rush should proceed with caution, for within these walls, the terror is as real as it gets. See you in the barn.

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HAYRIDE OF NO RETURN

Embark on a journey into the heart of darkness through the countryside with the Hayride of No Return. It is here that every twist of the path reveals a new horror. As you’re pulled through the shadowy abyss, encounter a nightmarish cast of skeletal creatures, pumpkins that will carve the fear into your very soul, towering giants, and so much more.

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FRIGHTMARE MANSION

Within its decaying walls, an otherworldly plague runs rampant, as visitors confront a grotesque infection spread by insects. Desperation fills the air as fumigation proves futile, leaving those who enter to face a sinister fate. Venture deeper, and the nightmare descends further, unveiling a network of sewers infested by monstrous rats. Amidst the damp darkness, the scurrying menace of these giant rodents accentuates the mansion’s terrors, creating an unsettling atmosphere that shatters the boundaries between reality and the macabre.

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THE GROUNDS

Step into the multifaceted horrors of “The Grounds”. Wander through the solemn beauty of a Victorian cemetery, where shadows dance among the tombstones, and whispers of the afterlife echo through the air. Transition into a charming 1950s town trapped in an eternal Halloween, where joy turns to terror as a sadistic killer prowls amidst the revelry, turning trick-or-treaters into gruesome trophies. But the horrors are far from over, for a fungal-infested swamp awaits, a realm where ancient witches conspire to revert humanity to its primal origins, luring us back to the very earth from which we emerged.

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FEST-EVIL MIDWA Y

Experience the thrill of being buried alive or barely escaping a room with your life. Bask in the warmth of bonfires and the satisfaction of exceptional concessions. Delight in the thrill of terrorizing games while enjoying live entertainment but be wary of roaming ghouls and spirits as you celebrate surviving a night of horror. Don’t forget to find the perfect trinket to commemorate a night of terrible delight at our five star Gift Shop.

TICKET PRICES

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GENERAL ADMISSION

$30 Fridays and Saturdays in September Only

$25 Thursday/Sunday

$40 Saturday

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GENERAL ADMISSION WITH XPRESS PASS

Bypass the wait!

$55 Thursday/Sunday

$70 Saturday *** If you purchase a General Admission ticket and then wish to upgrade to Xpress, you can purchase an Xpress Pass upgrade at the Snack Shack for $30. This will allow you to bypass the wait.

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VIP GROUP TENT

  • Private Tent & Bonfire
  • Personal Hayride

$45/person Thursdays/Sundays $55/person Fridays VIP Tent; with Xpress $85 (minimum of 25 people) $60/person Saturdays VIP Tent; with Xpress $90 (minimum of 25 people)

Thursday and Sunday bookings minimum of 20 people

Friday and Saturday bookings minimum of 25 people

***Upgrade your tent to Xpress, call Rich Farms Inc for further information

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“FAMILY NIGHT” SPECIAL – SUNDAYS ONLY (Special pricing available in-person only; not available online)

Purchase 4 or more tickets in one transaction to receive the special rate of $20 per ticket

HOURS & DISCOUNTS

Thursdays – discount day as well as monday, october 30 & tuesday, october 31.

6:00pm-9:45pm All regular price tickets $25 • Xpress $55 • VIP Tent $45 per person (minimum of 20 people) • VIP Tent with Xpress $75 per person (minimum of 20 people)

6:00pm-11:30pm ** Fridays are busy operating nights. We recommend purchasing an Xpress Pass to bypass the long wait!

• Regular Price Tickets $35 • Xpress $65 • VIP Tent $55 per person (minimum of 25 people) • VIP Tent with Xpress $85 per person (minimum of 25 people)

6:00pm-11:30pm ** Saturdays are busy operating nights. We recommend purchasing an Xpress Pass to bypass the long wait!

• Regular Price Tickets $40 • Xpress $70 • VIP Tent $60 per person (minimum of 25 people) • VIP Tent with Xpress $90 per person (minimum of 25 people)

SUN DAYS – DISCOUNT DAY as well as Monday, October 30 & Tuesday, October 31

Ticket booth hours.

6:00 pm – 9:45 pm on Thursdays & Sundays and October 30 & 31 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm on Fridays & Saturdays

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If you have a group of 20+ people that would like to attend Fright Farm, book a VIP Group Package! Your group will be able to relax, socialize, and have fun together all evening!

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JOIN OUR TEAM

Fright Farm is now hiring Actors, Security, Food & Beverage, and Sales Associates for the 2023 season. Apply now by filling out our online application! What are you waiting for?

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2043 SPRINGHILL FURNACE RD,

Smithfield, pa 15478, (724) 564-7644, [email protected].

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Hours of Operation: Ticket Booth Hours: Thursdays & Sundays: 6 PM - 9:45 PM Fridays & Saturdays: 6 PM - 11:30 PM

Admission Costs: General Admission: $30 Fridays and Saturdays in September Only $25 Thursday/Sunday $35 Friday $40 Saturday General Admission with Xpress Pass: $55 Thursday/Sunday $65 Friday $70 Saturday Terror Ticket/Season Pass: $150.00

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I give fright farm a thumbs up keptme on my toes for sure ...

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Email Verified Great time with Louisiana family...

The year round preparation was so obvious in the change of theme, trained staff, safe and friendly environment, fantastic gift shop, food, entertainment, and guaranteed fear factor! The staff was courteous and extremely professional. We highly recommend Fright Farm for a fun filled evening. Dress warm!!

Very scary!

It gets better every year! Love the added strobe lights compared to last years.

They took it to the next level

I've been going for years, but I gotta say, this year's next level! The whole tour was longer than past years and full of new scenes. Hayride was longer and I think it was more built up. We didn't have to wait that long and The festival grounds fun anyway... they added a bunch of games.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful

I Go Every Year Now!

This year will make either the third or fourth time my group and I have gone. We always have tons of fun and the laughter never stops. Its not absolutely terrifying, but you get scared a lot! We are going in about a week this year and I can't wait to go, I'm so excited. Only I complaint I have is the price is a bit much per person, which since they get so many people there you'd think they could slack the price. More people would go if it wasn't so much. I don't recommend taking children if scared easily. A lot goes on, especially with noise.

A fun place to visit

My best friend and I live in a very small town in WV that never has anything fun during the fall season. So we decided to look up somewhere fun to go. After our 3 hour trip from WV to the Fright Farm, we only waited about 45mins to an hour (understandable because the Internet told us the place was popular) to get on the hayride. Was it terrifying? No. But it was a really great time. We got scared a few good times, which resulted in some really good laughs. It was good to get away and have fun!!! The cast and workers were very nice and polite. I wouldn't say it was worth 25 dollars... but for a one time trip we didn't mind. We had a good time and that's what matters! I would recommend bringing glove and toe warmers though while in line! It gets quite chilly!! But the bonfire and hot chocolate after makes it all better :)

Best Halloween tradition ever

Don't listen to all THOES people who say it is terrible it is so awesome I love it the workers and actors all deserve a standing ovation the fright farm is one of my favorite traditions that I think most people should star I love the fright farm in my opinion I give 5 pumpkin heads ????????????

most scariest haunted hayride

like the haunted house but it could of been a little better but the hayride and the maze was great I love it xoxoxo singed looker

2 out of 2 found this review helpful

Fun Fun Fun

Let's be realistic if you're over the age of 15 you probably don't scare easily. I've been coming here every year since age 8, and yes it used to terrify me, but I still go back for the fun! It's great and most parts are actually still scary even though most adults won't admit it. It's fun and has good energy, not to mention how many chances do you get to run through that giant house? There is always more than just the scary parts, they usually have live music, local bands, etc., but who doesn't like curling up next to someone they like in the cold with some hot apple cider or hot chocolate? I sure do! Keep up the great work Fright Farm! :)

Terrible!!! So Disapointed

You wait in line so long (2 hrs) for the hayride (not the only line there) which sucks and has no hay and has mud everywhere. This hay ride is not one bit scary, buildings and props are awesome but they dont really use any of it. This then drops you off that the mansion and the grounds which once again are not scary and just have people standing in the path that make noises or scream. Sorry but you cant be scared of something that you can see. Once again props and design is awesome but poor execution! Nothing scary! Not one bit! After this you wait in line again (about 1hr) for the maze. There is no one in there to scare you so it is not one bit fun and at this point you are just made that you spent $25 just to get muddy and walk and stand around. After this you wait in line again, for paranoia. This part was actually kinda cool but NOT scary! Definitely didnt make it worth the wait, the money or the 2 hr trip. I would not recommend Fright Farms to anyone! They are raking in the cash and dont deserve it. It SUCKS!!!!

2 out of 7 found this review helpful

We go every year and we love it! We have a blast and you never know whats coming. Deffinately a must go!

5 out of 5 found this review helpful

More fun than scarehouse!

First off I don't scare easily or at all really so I go purely for the atmosphere and because I am a Halloween junkie! =P I visited Pittsburgh's scarehouse the weekend before I went to fright farm and it was such a disappointment even though its suppose to be one of the scariest in the US, I truly thought fright farm was better! I was soo mad I drove all the way to the scarehouse when I could of drove 20 minutes to fright farm. But back to focusing on fright farm, I go to fright farm every year and every year is awesome. Some people have complained about the price but $25 is average when it comes to haunted attractions and well worth it especially since they added soo much. The line does suck, yes, but they do try to entertain you with live music, DJ's, and shows, which is really unique. Once you've waited through the dreaded line you get on a tractor/hay ride, it is decently long and characters will jump out at you and sometimes jump on the wagon, and you pass many cool scenes. Once the ride is over you are dropped off in front of the house and you follow the many "scary" trails until you are actually inside the house, from there you walk through different rooms/scenes. Lastly, you leave the house and go through a pretty cool maze! I didn't want to go into full detail because I don't want to spoil it for people who have never been but all in all its a fun place to spend your time. They have a decent concession stand, bonfire, and live entertainment!

4 out of 5 found this review helpful

Way to much money

I go every year, best way and only way I go is to have the V.I.P. Tent. Total waste of money, will not go back ever again. Gonna find different location for our get together.

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Rich Farms – Kids Day at the Farm Smithfield, PA

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Rich Farms (I think most locals say “Rich’s Farms”) is located in Smithfield, Pennsylvania in Fayette County. Situated between Morgantown, WV, and Pittsburgh, Rich Farms can be a day trip for many, or can easily be paired with many local attractions for a longer getaway.

Check the Rich Farms website to see all they offer including a nursery, a wedding venue, and more, plays special events, pricing, and dates. I think locally, they are most well known for Fright Farm during Halloween time. I have frightful yet fond memories of my own visiting Fright Farm as a child and adolescent. Then, I didn’t visit Rich Farms for many years.

But as a mom, I’ve discovered the month-long fall event Kids Day at the Farm with my family. We’ve visited with extended family before and while it’s geared toward kids of all ages, it’s really fun for everyone.

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Here is an overview of our visit to Kids Day at the Farm to give you a closer look at the event and help you plan your visit. Chasing around two little ones, I’m sure I missed something.

Summary and Tips:

  • Getting Around with the Kids: We actually opted to leave our stroller and wagon at home. There was just so much fun that the kids never would have sat in them. If you take a stroller, the terrain is dirt, gravel, and grass. There is a wagon ride where most people park their strollers. But, there was an option to fold them up and put them in the wagon if needed. But, we were happy just walking around the kids with our diaper bag .
  • Time: We usually spend a solid 3-4 hours here.
  • Tickets: Tickets are available online , but can also be purchased at the door. Prices are slightly higher on the weekends.
  • Pumpkin: Always best to check, but the last time we visited the ticket does include a free pumpkin per ticket.
  • Food: I usually pack a lunch and/or snacks and drinks. I have noticed some food stands open on the weekends, but not on the weekdays. There are plenty of picnic areas on site. We usually pack our go-to snack, pepperoni rolls .
  • Tip: Do a tick check. One time my daughter had one in her neck. Our tick remover key chain definitely came in handy. Don’t be too alarmed. It’s just something to be mindful of.

Kids Day at the Farm Overview

There are really two separate areas. I’ll call them the Upper Fun Area and the Lower Fun Area (just for fun). When you enter, you’ll spend some time in the Upper Fun Area. Then you have the option to go on a hayride to the Lower Fun Area. The tractor drops you off at the Lower Fun Area and picks you up later. We spent about an hour in the Lower Fun Area.

Upper Fun Area

The Upper Fun Area offers a lot of fun activities such as a tattoo hut, lasso challenge, pedal kart track, backhoe skills task, super slingshot, giant jump pillow, barrel cart train, corn maze, and more!

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There’s also playground equipment.

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The Upper Fun Area also has wedding venue areas with a gift shop in the barn, picnic areas, and multiple adult swings with a central sandbox.

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Something new to me as of our last visit in 2023, I noticed a few more food options. I believe these are not open on the weekdays when I have gone in the past. But, our last visit was on a weekend so lunch items were available, and a coffee bar. There were also lots of sweets with fresh squeezed lemonade in the lower fun area at the hayride dropoff.

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Also, something new I noticed in our most recent visit in 2023 was more activities in the barn like bowling, ring toss, blocks, and more.

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You can also view some barnyard animals in the Upper Fun Area.

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Here you can also enjoy some great photo ops.

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Scenic Hayride

While you are having fun in the Upper Fun Area, you can keep an eye out for the tractor and wagon to pull up to hop on for a scenic hayride.

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Enjoy some fun and spooky attractions along the way.

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Lower Fun Area

The hayride will drop you off at the Lower Fun Area which offers the Nature Park and playground, nature trail, pumpkin patch, and Fright Farm Junior. I adore this rustic homemade playground nestled in the trees. There’s also a picnic area with porta-potties nearby.

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Enjoy a stroll on the short (about 0.10 miles) nature trail where you can learn about plants.

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The pumpkin patch is a short walk away where you can go pick a pumpkin to take home. Depending on the harvest (I assume), popcorn cobs, apple picking, sunflowers, and zinnias may also be available.

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As someone who used to create haunted houses as a child with my neighborhood friends, I’m a sucker for Fright Farm Junior. This mini haunted house was just the right amount of spooky for my three year old and the thrilling slide at the end had him going through about 10 times.

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After all of the fun in the Lower Fun Area, catch the tractor ride back to the Upper Fun Area to depart when you’ve had your fill of fun on the farm.

I hope you get a chance to visit Kids Day at the Farm at Rich Farms if you haven’t already. Leave a comment to share your experience or tag me on Instagram @adventureswkelly . Let me know if you found this helpful. And if you go, have a blast!

Nearby Attractions

Be sure to check out Halloween Fun in Fayette County, PA for a list of other Halloween activities in the county.

Here’s a list of other Halloween activities just outside of Fayette County, PA

  • Night at the Zoo – Living Treasures Wild Animal Park Jones Mills, PA
  • Pick Your Own Pumpkins – Triple B Farms Monongahela, PA
  • Fall Festival – Trax Farms Finleyville, PA
  • Hallowboo at Idlewild Park & SoakZone Ligonier, PA
  • Phantom Fall Fest – Kennywood Park West Mifflin, PA
  • ZooBoo – Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Pittsburgh, PA
  • Haunted Hollow – Rockwood, PA
  • ScareHouse – Tarentum, PA
  • Hundred Acres Manor – Bethel Park, PA
  • Downtown Morgantown Haunted Walk – Morgantown, WV

Here’s a list of other nearby attractions in Fayette County, PA

  • Up for a nearby local ghost story? Learn about the Legend of Polly Williams. The Legend of Polly Williams geocache will guide you to the site of the story with a beautiful overlook at White Rocks.
  • Check out nearby completed portions of the Sheepskin Trail in Point Marion, PA , and in South Union Township in Uniontown, PA
  • Check out downtown Uniontown, PA
  • Brown’s Run Trail
  • Check out a hike in Quebec Run Wild Area and Coopers Rock State Park in West Virginia
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield
  • Friendship Hill National Historic Site
  • Ohiopyle State Park

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Fright Farm has been an integral part of many people’s Halloween tradition for three decades, growing every year since its inception. Entering its 30th season, Fright Farm is one of Pennsylvania’s top rated professional haunted attractions. The fun begins in the Fest-Evil Midway before you enter our 5 distinct attractions: Hayride of No Return, Frightmare Mansion, Slaughter Grounds, The Clinic and The Abyss! Our state-of-the-art special effects, highly-detailed scenes, custom digital soundtracks, computerized lighting, and talented actors make Fright Farm a frightening experience unlike any other. FEST-EVIL MIDWAY Opening before dusk, patrons gather in the outdoor Fest-Evil Midway to enjoy live music, haunting entertainment, concessions, seasonal vendors, games, bonfires, and classic horror movies on the monstrous video screen. Once the sun sets, visitors load up the wagon and begin their adventure through Fright Farm! HAYRIDE OF NO RETURN Take a ride on the blood-curdling Hayride Of No Return as it makes its way along the twisted path through the countryside of Rich Farms. Tremble in fear as the terrors that reside in the dark emerge to chase you to your doom. SLAUGHTER GROUNDS Be ready to run If you want to have a chance. But care only for your own life as you’re let loose to fend for yourself. Separated from your comforts, family and friends, your instincts are your only hope in this Slaughter grounds, and as your heart pumps and cold sweat forms down your neck you expect to round the final corner to salvation. The gleaming glow of the familiar can be seen in the distance, but it is only as momentary as the last glint of hope that is now far gone. FRIGHTMARE MANSION With no time to catch their breath from the Slaughter Grounds, victims are welcomed into the Frightmare Mansion. If you dare to enter, beware of those who now inhabit the mansion. No longer is the estate run by human hands but is manipulated by the clawed, fanged, winged, and strange. The abandoned 3-story Mansion is brimming with hair-raising creatures who have declared the estate as their home. What lies within will make even the bravest trespasser scream in sheer terror! THE CLINIC Coerced by the large monetary payoff, You sign your bodily rights away for a new pharmaceutical trial starting at this remote clinical research facility. The untested new stimulant: FF-19. is an experimental drug. As testing begins, rapid heartbeat follows and the unexpected side-effects start to take hold as the volunteers are sent into an uncontrollable hallucinogenic violence. THE ABYSS Buried by silence and lies turned myth, Scientists discover the truth behind this Swamps gruesome secrets. Disturbing legends are turned to a troubled history 20 years after the event. As the thickets are pushed aside to reveal the story of this Sacred space ravaged by the unknown. Re-opening the site lead to mysterious deaths and the reason this site was rightfully lost to time. Sometimes Legends are all too real.

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Fright Farm Review 2018

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Fright Farm is a Haunted Attraction located in Smithfield, PA.

2043 Springhill Furnace Road, Smithfield, PA 15478 View All Details

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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts

Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Optional Games/Midway, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction

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This attraction was reviewed on October 12, 2018 by Team Houdini .

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Our Rating System

UPDATE FOR 2022: Our former “Atmosphere” and “Theme” categories have now been combined and renamed “Immersion.” Our intent with this is to give more appropriate credit to attractions that have shown a clear focus on achieving and maintaining better customer experiences (both inside and outside the attractions) and developing creative storylines.

Each of the category scores in this review are calculated using a weighted average of several questions that we rate on a scale of 1 to 10.

The following breakdown explains what these scores typically mean. All of our Teams use this as a reference for providing accurate ratings:

10: “Peak Performance” This score is treated as if it has a chastity belt on it. “10’s” are reserved for the best of the best; those that we feel could not possibly improve on what they’re doing.

9: “Innovative and Groundbreaking” It rocked! Nearly everything seemed to go as planned and it was one of the best we’ve ever seen! These guys are leaders in the industry, and attractions like this are truly hard to come by.

8: “Solid” A high score on our scale. They had a good handle on it and, overall, they knew how to use it well. Most attractions can learn from what these guys are doing.

6 to 7: “Good” We could tell that a good effort was made. However, we’ve seen this done much better at other places, or can detect areas where significant improvements can be made. This is about the top end of what we’d call “Family Friendly.”

5: “Average / Fair” Compared to the competition, they weren’t the best, but definitely not the worst. Scares and Special Effects in this range are usually considered “Family Friendly.”

3 to 4: “Below Average” We could see that a clear attempt was made, but most other professional attractions are doing a much better job at this.

1 to 2: “Poor” It appeared that very little time, thought or effort was contributed to this aspect.

0 (Zero): “Non-Existent” No apparent effort was made to make this a significant contributor to the attraction.

Afterword: This rating system is standardized across all of The Scare Factor’s official haunt review teams. However, keep in mind there will always be minor differences between Teams, as we all have varying levels of experience. Regardless, we do our best to remain true to our core values, which is to promote all haunted attractions! Perhaps the biggest thing to remember is: sometimes the score – in and of itself – doesn’t tell the whole story about an attraction’s merits. This is why we provide detailed explanations for each category… to help you better understand how and why we chose the score/s that we did. We do our best to not let feelings or emotions rule our judgement, while also viewing the attraction through the lens of the typical haunt-goer. But, because all reviews with ratings are inherently subjective, this is nearly impossible to completely prevent. Though, when in doubt, we tend to give slightly lower scores than our original “gut feelings” to account for this, and also give the attraction more room to improve over time. We also do our best to be fair and consistent across all of the haunts that we review. We know that you’ll be looking at these scores and comparing them to other attractions, so we hope this review helps you out in that aspect. Do you have some feedback about our review system? Contact Us Here to let us know what you think!

Final Score: 7.94 //

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Final Scores:

(15% of Final Score) Cast: 8

(15% of Final Score) Costuming: 7

(10% of Final Score) Customer Service: 8.4

(10% of Final Score) Atmosphere: 7.9

(15% of Final Score) Special Effects: 8.55

(5% of Final Score) Theme:

(15% of Final Score) Scare Factor: 7.09

(5% of Final Score) Entertainment & Value: 9.08

Rich’s Fright Farm is celebrating its 29th year of scares in Smithfield, Pa. By day, Rich Farms is a bustling nursery. When the nursery closes and the moon rises, The Fright Farm emerges from the darkness.

Rich’s Fright Farm is a multi-attraction haunt. The Fest-Evil Midway showcases different entertainment, bands, movies, and games. It also offers all types of foods to be enjoyed before and after the main attractions.

The haunted attractions provide around an hour of chills and thrills. This includes a one-mile haunted hayride, a walk through the Hallow Grounds, a tour of the Fright-Mare Mansion, and returning this year is Paranoia 3.0.

Rich’s has been one of our favorite haunts for more than 15 years. Each season, Rich’s adds elements to some if not all of its attractions. What does this year have in store for us?

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Cast Scores (15% of Final Score):

(20% of Cast Score) Did it seem like there were enough actors?: 8

(30% of Cast Score) How creative, believable and convincing were the actors?: 8

(20% of Cast Score) How interactive were the actors (verbally and physically)?: 8

(15% of Cast Score) How creatively & appropriately did they use dialogue?: 7.75 Explanation:

Good use of dialogue with characters in speaking roles. A few more would bring the score up.

(15% of Cast Score) Was there a good variety of characters?: 8

Going through, we encountered around 150 actors. So far, this is the largest cast we have encountered this year and the largest attraction we have been to with nearly 60 minutes of actual haunt time. Still, Since the haunt is so large, additional actors would definitely add to the scares, especially in the Fest-Evil area which only had 4. As always, I feel that most haunts can benefit from additional cast.

Most actors we came upon provided a good act. They portrayed a variety of roles, ranging from animal creatures, undead bodies, disturbed slayers, clowns, and other unique characters, though some were very similar to one another. With as many actors as we saw, we can see how difficult it would be to come up with only unique characters.

The haunted hayride provided jump scare actors and scene actors (they perform a mini play of sorts). Characters jump on and off the ride providing frights. Some of the actors in the hayride went beyond yelling at us to leave.

The cast of the Hallowed Grounds and the Fright-Mare Mansion provided a mix of activity : jump scares, screams, growls; pretty much the usual. Some characters just provided creepy stares and head tilts without saying a word to us.

We encountered some actors with more dialogue, interactivity, and depth to their characters than the norm. One girl was looking for a playmate and we had some banter, and a butcher asked us to stay for dinner before revving up his chainsaw. A large gentleman told us to leave his shack. One character was asking if we liked to bite our nails??? Another individual wanted our skin. A psychic lady was offering some interesting deals. For a drop of blood, she would provide an edible centipede that would provide immunity from illness and disease. For our soul, we could get lucky. A crazy, backwoods, white supremacist guy with a swastika on his forehead was attacking a girl tied to a bed. Another young girl wanted to sing with us. We also ran into a girl wanting us to play with her Teddy bear that was alive.

All of these individuals were pretty convincing and stayed in character.

Costuming: 7 //

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Costuming Scores (15% of Final Score):

(15% of Costuming Score) How complete / finished did the costumes appear to be?: 8

(25% of Costuming Score) How creative / detailed were the costumes?: 7.5

(20% of Costuming Score) Was their makeup creative? Detailed? Realistic?: 8.25

(15% of Costuming Score) How effectively did they use masks (if used)?: 7

(25% of Costuming Score) How appropriate were the costumes for their scene/s & theme/s?: 8

Costuming was appropriate, but not particularly original. The clothing was a mix of what seemed to be basic store-bought costumes and normal clothes. Actor apparel was appropriate for their respective areas. A few stand-out costumes were the stilt man, the large bat, and the pumpkin characters at the beginning of the hayride.

Almost every character seemed to have some form of makeup or mask, including other effects like ripped skin or bloody cuts. Actually, everyone except security and concession employees wore some makeup and costumes. From the individuals running the games, to the line directors, everyone had some form of body decorations.

The costumes were complete for the most part. Most were detailed and fairly creative, though not amazing, but a few did stand out. The Lucifer devil-demon in the outdoor gallows had the best makeup of the night, followed by a lady in voodoo makeup collecting 3-D glasses. A few times we could see the ties of the costumes.

Masks included creepy animal heads (it IS a farm; the possum mask looked so realistic!), creepy burlap-type masks, a pig man, a plague doctor’s mask, and many more. The majority of actors wore contacts which provided a creepy effect. I like to look people in the eye, but that effect makes it very uncomfortable.

Customer Service: 8.4 //

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Customer Service Scores (10% of Final Score):

(25% of CS Score) How easy was it to locate the attraction, park, and navigate the premises?: 8

(30% of CS Score) How safe was the attraction?: 7.5

(25% of CS Score) How professional, helpful and friendly were the staff members?: 10

(20% of CS Score) How easy was it to find their information before* arrival?: 8.25

Rich’s Fright Farm is easy to find. A quick google search or typing Rich’s Fright Farm in a GPS will pull it up. The lay-out of their website is a little difficult to navigate on mobile.

Being located on a farm, the parking lot and walkways are gravel and uneven.

The hayride had changes made, not just for functionality but for safety as well. Though I miss the days that I could sit and let my feet dangle off a hayride to get closer to the action, safety regulations have put an end to that. The tractors are all now enclosed, and have steps and gates so no one can accidentally fall off.

As the majority of the haunt is outside and uncovered, it can become wet, muddy, and slippery. If you don’t run, you will encounter no issues, as we had no problems walking through the area’ except for very muddy shoes. I planned accordingly and wore old shoes.

Games are available for a separate fee. Tickets are required to play them, and can be purchased in the snack shack. Tickets are a dollar each. Note : if you use you a card there is a one dollar service charge on each transaction.

I overheard people that were not happy about having to walk down to get tickets, but it is about a one minute walk. Maybe next year they could add a ticket booth closer to the games or perhaps you could pay with cash (not that I ever carry cash; really, who does that?) Or perhaps people shouldn’t be whiny.

The four games test your skill. For 3 tickets, you can throw eight axes at wooden targets. This was my favorite. Despite not really being haunt-themed, it was enjoyable. If you get four to stick consecutively, you earn a Fright Farm sticker. If you are lucky, or not so lucky, a clown character will challenge you to a throw off. He does not lose. Then there was a baseball pitch. For 3 tickets, you could throw five balls at glass bottles. If you broke a certain number of bottles or a certain bottle, you could win a hat. There was also a paintball zombie shooting range that was not open the evening we visited. Finally, they had a brain launch. For one ticket, you could launch 5 brains at an open zombie head. If you made it, you could win a hat.

We were not skilled enough to win any hats and went on our way with our tails between our legs.

Before leaving, we checked out the new gift shop which has some cool merchandise, then headed over for a slice of pizza. Five dollars will get you a slice of pizza, a giant slice of pizza – a slice of pizza bigger than most personal pan pizzas, and it’s delicious. My only complaint was the fact I was unable to eat my whole piece. I asked if they had boxes and they did not. I had to throw away this amazing work of pizza perfection.

All the staff we interacted with were very nice and fun to talk with.

Between cast, crew, and employees there were 250 individuals working that evening.

Atmosphere: 7.9 //

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Atmosphere Scores (10% of Final Score):

(60% of Atmosphere Score) How obvious was it that you were at a haunted house before entering?: 8

(40% of Atmosphere Score) How well did the atmosphere prepare you for what you experienced inside?: 7.5

The excitement doesn’t begin until after purchasing your tickets and heading down to the Fest-Evil Midway. As you walk down the long, dark walkway, music fills the air. The smell of fire burning, delightful food fragrances and music overwhelm your senses.

On the horizon, sitting behind the cornfield, is the Fright Mare Mansion. About a ������ mile or so in the distance, the huge Mansion glows a bright red. It is a very unique sight, a view of the impending frights foreshadowing the evening.

The midway has been completely revamped. New this year is a no-line wait. You receive a number upon entry and you do not get into line until your number is called. That way you can play games, get food, sit and watch the band of the evening, check out the new gift shop, and/or play a game of corn hole.

They also have new skill games, two of which have a sort of haunt vibe. Games are located immediately upon entry, but tickets are sold at the snack shack. As mentioned earlier, the attendants at the games were really friendly and had zombie makeup on.

The band that evening did a good job. We heard a mix of older and current music.

There was no movie playing this evening on the big screen.

There were a few roamers and a gentlemen doing a fire act entertaining guests while they waited for their number to be called.

A little more scariness and a few more entertainers could be added to help with the haunt-vibe. The music and ambiance did pump us up, but it was more of a party/concert feel than a haunt feel.

Special Effects: 8.55 //

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Special Effects Scores (15% of Final Score):

(20% of SFX Score) How effective were the sound effects?: 8

(20% of SFX Score) How creative / original were the scenes & props?: 8.5

(20% of SFX Score) How well were the scenes detailed?: 9.25

(25% of SFX Score) How well did they achieve & maintain the suspension of disbelief?: 8.5

(15% of SFX Score) How effective were the SFX at providing scares / entertainment?: 8.5

Sound is used heavily throughout all of the haunts. Speakers are set up through the hayride, Hollow Grounds, Mansion and Paranoia. They are used to produce creepy music, intense music, background effects, and other realistic sounds. Not every area has a soundtrack but the don’t all need one. The added sounds definitely add to the effect of the experience.

The added sounds and music in the hayride help carry the scenes and feel movie-level quality, though some areas do benefit from a lack of sound, allowing anticipation build-up for a loud scare.

The Hollow ground provided background sound effects to enhance the feeling of being outside. Individual scenes and locations had sound appropriate for their areas like intense music for the maniacal slashers huts. One area of a creepy run-down shack played old-time music from the early 1900’s to add a hair-raising mood.

One thing I noticed that annoyed me but the team didn’t catch was a crackly noise in some of the speakers due to either bad speakers or wiring that needs fixing. Since I am an audiophile I picked up on it in a few spots. The average person probably will not.

Fright Farm had a fair amount of familiar effects, but they were able to put a different twist on them. An unexpected effect during a chainsaw murder moment on the hayride was surprising.

Some scenes were more detailed than others, though none were low quality. Facades and actual buildings line this trail of terror. We drove through a Cemetery with large and small tombstones, featuring bluish, ghostly lighting and fog. We also experienced a church overtaken by the dead, a schoolhouse, a junkyard, and other not-so-scenic areas.

In one cool area, they lock the trailer inside a barn while some not-so-friendly animals terrorize customers with a chainsaw. They are joined by a large rat animatronic that comes out of the wall to surprise guests.

Another unique feature is a black light “rotating tunnel” that the tractor drives through. Though many haunts have a rotating tunnel, this is the only drive-through version we have seen.

After exiting the hayride we were led by a ringleader, a gentleman in a top hat, cape, and handlebar mustache, to the next area. In this line, there were monitors showing a video of the rules and pictures of what was to come.

Hallow Grounds and The Fright-Mare Mansion deliver a mix of scenes with excellent effects and details. The journey into the Hallow Grounds starts with a quick walk through the mansion. Standing in front of the huge mansion, it is quite a spectacle. Large stone lions stand beside the steps, leading two the extra-large wooden doors leading into the manor. The orange glow from the lanterns adds more detail to the carved door knockers.

The detail is impeccable, from peeling wallpaper to broken walls with skulls inside. The design is on par with some of the “bigger” “known” haunts and continues throughout Hallow Grounds and The Mansion.

The content packed into this haunt is incredible. Sheds and shacks, mines and more provide realistic worlds of terror. There is something for everyone’ a fusion of nightmares all located in one area.

Paranoia 3.0 is a “secret” haunt. Not much is on the website about this portion of the experience. Without spoiling the surprise, it is an attack on the senses, causing limited ability and uneasy feelings. Interesting textures, sounds, and touches are found within. We did not find out until after the experience that there are currently two different tours of Paranoia and a third one opening soon, each with its own theme : a butcher shop, a sewer, and a machine shop. They eac provide different scares and moods according to the theme.

Theme: N/A //

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(20% of Theme Score) How well does their location authenticate the theme?:

This score is left “N/A” when we believe the haunt is trying to target a random variety of themes or phobias, rather than a single overarching “Theme” or “storyline.”

Scare Factor: 7.09 //

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Scare Factor Scores (15% of Final Score):

(30% of Scare Factor Score) How scary was it?: 7.25 Explanation:

Not very scary, the cast did a good job, but with the large groups it was difficult to be scared.

(15% of Scare Factor Score) How well did they provide scares to the entire group?: 7.5

(25% of Scare Factor Score) How predictable were the scares?: 7.5

(15% of Scare Factor Score) How well did they provide a wide variety of scares?: 8

(15% of Scare Factor Score) How strong was the ending / finale?: 4.75

Rich’s has a mix of scares, including jump scares, screams, and loud noises. Some involve cast members : interactive actors converse back and forth with patrons as they wander through, while other actors provide attack-type scares by chasing victims with chainsaws. Some don’t use words at all, just uncomfortable silence and horrifying stares that penetrate your soul. Additional scares are provided through animatronics, d������cor, darkness, and surprise. Characters and scary scenes provide edgy feelings for unwelcome guests.

They did a good job of misdirection and had some clever hiding spots; the kid in the suitcase was brilliant.

They did a good job at targeting multiple people in a group. Since the hayrides hold about thirty-plus people, the groups are quite large. Scares are unpredictable with a good use of misdirection.

We were disappointed that there were no real “final scares” which seems to be a trend this year in the haunt community.

We came across a few issues. The last five minutes of the hayride were fairly uneventful with only one large, jump scare. It felt like there should be something more before we got to the mansion. I’ll admit when you are heading out of the woods and getting closer to the monstrous mansion towering above you it does build anticipation’but I think a better scare would help the finale of the hayride. Hollow Grounds pretty much leads into the Haunted Mansion. Also, the mansion ends by exiting the 3-D portion with no big finale.

You could consider Paranoia 3.0 its own haunt or a finale to the other three haunts, but then again, it did not seem as scary as our previous experience. It definitely had some cool, interesting concepts. It felt like it was more of a fun experience. Without giving too much away, it didn’t feel as if the cast was trying to scare us. Also, we caught up to another group and it became a locomotion of people which limited the possibilities of what could have been done in this unique experience.

Entertainment & Value: 9.08 //

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Entertainment & Value Factor Scores (15% of Final Score):

(30% of E&V Score) How satisfied were you with the entertainment received during the main attraction/s?: 8.75

(25% of E&V Score) How satisfied were you with the entertainment that’s available with* the ticket price, excluding the main attraction/s?: 7.5

(30% of E&V Score) How appropriate is/are the ticket price/s?: 10

(15% of E&V Score) Have they effectively used their available space?: 10

At just under 60 minutes of total walkthrough time (not including any waiting or transitioning time between haunts), it is our longest haunt experience of the season. Not only was this our longest attraction, but with general admission, and ticket prices on weekends at $30, this is the cheapest Haunted attraction in the area at 50 cents a minute (or 2 minutes of entertainment per dollar spent). If you decide to skip the line for an additional $30, that’s $60 total. Then you’d be paying $1 per minute, which is around the average or slightly under.

Honestly, Fright Farm is a great a price for 4 haunts and live entertainment; definitely worth the hour and forty-five minutes we drove to attend. (Less if you pay attention to your GPS and don’t miss the exit.)

This is one of our favorite haunts that we try to hit every year. It has some flaws, but so did every haunt we experienced this year. However, it offers the longest haunt, the cheapest price-ratio, amazing set pieces, good actors, a hayride, an outdoor haunt, an indoor walk, and a secret haunt.

Speaking with the owners and staff, their goal is to keep prices low and the quality high. After 29 years, it is easy to tell they are doing a good job of keeping people coming back.

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R. Johnson – 8.5 / 10 – October 28, 2016 Your night starts with a wait that is filled with actors walking around scaring people while …show more listening to live music. Then the haunted hayride winds it’s way to the mansion. Inside things pop out and jump out at you. After making it through you have a haunted maze that has you twisting and turning trying to find the way out while being followed by or running into actors that have amazing make-up and costumes.

Caleb – 4 / 10 – October 15, 2017 I had never been to Fright Farms but it had always been presented by friends and family as the …show more premiere Haunted Attraction. Upon visiting it I will say this was just not the case. While waiting in line I never once saw an actor trying to scare us. Once on the hay ride it was jam packed full of people and I was pretty much sitting on someones lap. The hay ride was not very scary at all. The scenes were gorgeous but the actors just did not scare you. Once dropped off we continued inside the house. Again gorgeous scenes but just not scary. Very few actors and many not seeming to try very hard. This brings me to the last part of the attraction which is the maze that is supposed to be very hard to navigate. This was not the case. It took my group and I around a total of three to five minutes to make it through the entire maze with only seekng two whole actors. Sadly to top it all of my friends told me at the end that the entire attraction, except for the maze, was the same as years past.

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Moscow’s 9 most unusual houses

Ship House. 2, Bolshaya Tulskaya Str. // Built in 1981 by the USSR Ministry of Atomic Industry, this is one of the few buildings in Moscow that can withstand a nuclear explosion. The foreman who oversaw its construction spent his entire life building only nuclear reactors, which left its mark on this house. To prevent it from “folding up” in the event of an explosion, there are no 90° angles in this seismically stable house — only 87° or 93°; the thickness of the glass panes is a unique 0.23 inches. It is called the “Ship” because of its huge size (1312 feet long, 164 feet high) and encircling balconies that resemble decks.

Ship House. 2, Bolshaya Tulskaya Str. // Built in 1981 by the USSR Ministry of Atomic Industry, this is one of the few buildings in Moscow that can withstand a nuclear explosion. The foreman who oversaw its construction spent his entire life building only nuclear reactors, which left its mark on this house. To prevent it from “folding up” in the event of an explosion, there are no 90° angles in this seismically stable house — only 87° or 93°; the thickness of the glass panes is a unique 0.23 inches. It is called the “Ship” because of its huge size (1312 feet long, 164 feet high) and encircling balconies that resemble decks.

Egg House. 1/11 Mashkova Str. // Moscow has always been famous for its crankiness and sweeping gestures, including architecture. One of the most striking and outrageous examples is the “Egg House”. Originally planned to be built in Bethlehem as a maternity ward, it was eventually put up in Moscow. Outwardly, it resembles a giant copy of a Fabergé egg. It is the only such house in the world.

Egg House. 1/11 Mashkova Str. // Moscow has always been famous for its crankiness and sweeping gestures, including architecture. One of the most striking and outrageous examples is the “Egg House”. Originally planned to be built in Bethlehem as a maternity ward, it was eventually put up in Moscow. Outwardly, it resembles a giant copy of a Fabergé egg. It is the only such house in the world.

Arseny Morozov Mansion (Reception House of the Russian Government), 16 Vozdvizhenka // This house was built in 1899 by order of young millionaire, dandy, and merchant family heir Arseny Morozov on a plot of land given to him by his mother on his 25th birthday. Even at the construction stage, the house, which was executed in a Moorish style unprecedented for Moscow, became the butt of ridicule and criticism. When it was finished, legend has it that his vexed mother’s words were: “Only I used to know that you’re a fool, now the whole of Moscow will know!”

Arseny Morozov Mansion (Reception House of the Russian Government), 16 Vozdvizhenka // This house was built in 1899 by order of young millionaire, dandy, and merchant family heir Arseny Morozov on a plot of land given to him by his mother on his 25th birthday. Even at the construction stage, the house, which was executed in a Moorish style unprecedented for Moscow, became the butt of ridicule and criticism. When it was finished, legend has it that his vexed mother’s words were: “Only I used to know that you’re a fool, now the whole of Moscow will know!”

Nautilus Trade Center, 25 Nikolskaya Str. // In the early 2000s, this mall became Moscow's new “Morozov Mansion” — lambasted by everyone for its vulgarity. The pretentious postmodern architecture seems to jut out of an edifice on one of Moscow’s oldest streets, but the place once sited the Vladimir Gates of the Kitai-Gorod Wall and the Chapel of St. Panteleimon — buildings that were also rich in gaudy architectural details. Furthermore, the region was always a hotbed of commerce, for which reason a shopping center is quite apropos. Who knows, maybe in future Nautilus — like Morozov’s house before it — will become a feature of classic Moscow architecture.

Nautilus Trade Center, 25 Nikolskaya Str. // In the early 2000s, this mall became Moscow's new “Morozov Mansion” — lambasted by everyone for its vulgarity. The pretentious postmodern architecture seems to jut out of an edifice on one of Moscow’s oldest streets, but the place once sited the Vladimir Gates of the Kitai-Gorod Wall and the Chapel of St. Panteleimon — buildings that were also rich in gaudy architectural details. Furthermore, the region was always a hotbed of commerce, for which reason a shopping center is quite apropos. Who knows, maybe in future Nautilus — like Morozov’s house before it — will become a feature of classic Moscow architecture.

Copper House, 3 Butikovsky Lane. // Built within the “Golden Mile,” historically the most expensive area of Moscow, this three-block residential house of 20 apartments was admitted to the Moscow Museum of Architecture’s collection of finest buildings in 2003-2004. It is faced with prepatinated copper plates and is one of the most expensive blocks in Moscow.

Copper House, 3 Butikovsky Lane. // Built within the “Golden Mile,” historically the most expensive area of Moscow, this three-block residential house of 20 apartments was admitted to the Moscow Museum of Architecture’s collection of finest buildings in 2003-2004. It is faced with prepatinated copper plates and is one of the most expensive blocks in Moscow.

Stolnik House, 5 Maly Levshinskiy Lane. // Stolnik stands among the old lanes of Arbat Street, still home to places where Pushkin once resided. This residential house made of glass and metal literally explodes the architectural environment. However, there is something vaguely classical about it, namely the three-part symmetric layout and “Corinthian column” motif.

Stolnik House, 5 Maly Levshinskiy Lane. // Stolnik stands among the old lanes of Arbat Street, still home to places where Pushkin once resided. This residential house made of glass and metal literally explodes the architectural environment. However, there is something vaguely classical about it, namely the three-part symmetric layout and “Corinthian column” motif.

Kitezh Business Center, 3-7 Kievskaya Str. // This business center resembles the Titanic. The unique shape is the result of the complex internal structure — many of the shafts and stairwells are inclined and curved. Such a project would be beyond many architects, but Dmitry Bush has been building stadiums and ice rinks in Russia for many years.

Kitezh Business Center, 3-7 Kievskaya Str. // This business center resembles the Titanic. The unique shape is the result of the complex internal structure — many of the shafts and stairwells are inclined and curved. Such a project would be beyond many architects, but Dmitry Bush has been building stadiums and ice rinks in Russia for many years.

Melnikov House, 10 Krivoarbatsky Lane. // This single-unit house, built by the great Soviet avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov for his family, is today an architectural monument of national significance. It is unique for its shape — two intersecting cylinders each truncated by a third of its radius — and its hexagonal window apertures encircling the entire circumference of the building. There are 60 windows in total, while the apertures in the walls number more than 130 — all stuffed with brick and construction debris (not a single wheelbarrow of waste was removed from the site!), but able to be unblocked to create a new window anywhere in the walls. Melnikov placed such windows in all the walls so that his hand never overshadowed a blueprint in his studio. The internal area of the house is very modest — a mere 2691 ft². Melnikov’s descendants live here to this day.

Melnikov House, 10 Krivoarbatsky Lane. // This single-unit house, built by the great Soviet avant-garde architect Konstantin Melnikov for his family, is today an architectural monument of national significance. It is unique for its shape — two intersecting cylinders each truncated by a third of its radius — and its hexagonal window apertures encircling the entire circumference of the building. There are 60 windows in total, while the apertures in the walls number more than 130 — all stuffed with brick and construction debris (not a single wheelbarrow of waste was removed from the site!), but able to be unblocked to create a new window anywhere in the walls. Melnikov placed such windows in all the walls so that his hand never overshadowed a blueprint in his studio. The internal area of the house is very modest — a mere 2691 ft². Melnikov’s descendants live here to this day.

Department for Brain Research of the Neurology Center under the Russian Academy of Sciences, 5-7 Obukha Lane. // Built in 1914 in the era of art nouveau, this building is a former Evangelical hospital for the poor. In Soviet times, it housed the Brain Institute, which primarily studied the brains of prominent (and deceased) state and public figures: Lenin, Mayakovsky, Landau, Sakharov, Michurin, Gorky, and others. Of all the houses in Moscow, this building most resembles a gloomy castle from a gothic novel or vampire legend, especially in overcast weather.

Department for Brain Research of the Neurology Center under the Russian Academy of Sciences, 5-7 Obukha Lane. // Built in 1914 in the era of art nouveau, this building is a former Evangelical hospital for the poor. In Soviet times, it housed the Brain Institute, which primarily studied the brains of prominent (and deceased) state and public figures: Lenin, Mayakovsky, Landau, Sakharov, Michurin, Gorky, and others. Of all the houses in Moscow, this building most resembles a gloomy castle from a gothic novel or vampire legend, especially in overcast weather.

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20 Ghost Towns In Russia That Have Been Totally Forgotten About

Take it all as a unique chance to explore the lands of the people who once resided there.

In a country as ancient as Russia, there are many examples of mysterious places that have long been forsaken by the locals. Only two decades ago, dozens of small towns and villages were completely abandoned, and are now as lonely as a cloud in the sky. Since the collapse of these places, over hundreds of people have lost their jobs and homes. Well, the truth is that Russia was home to a large number of small-industry towns, but some of them didn't really make it in 2018.

And if you dare to take a step further, you can actually visit such locations and imagine what life was like for those belonging to the past now.

From Cape Aniva's Atomic Lighthouse and Diamond Mine to the abandoned 5-star hotel Northern Crown (which surely looks haunted), get ready for a thrilling ride through 20 of the loneliest and chilling places ever noticed in Russia. Take it all as a unique chance to explore the lands of the people who once resided there. Below is an interesting list of Russia's most bizarre and unwelcoming places where you can hear nothing but your own footsteps.

20 Atomic Lighthouse - Cape Aniva

The Atomic Lighthouse, constructed by the Russian architect Miura Shinobu, was built on the Sakhalin island in the middle 90s.  It was a complicated building, a technical one that had to be a unique creation. Cape Aniva's lighthouse used a diesel generator to get going, although it also had some backup batteries.

In the late 90s, the Atomic lighthouse was retrofitted with more power as a way to save more money. Somehow it fell into disuse anyway, so the building now sits lonesome by the sea, hopelessly waiting for a new potential reconstruction.

19 The Diamond Mine - Yakutia

The so-called Diamond Mine, located in Yakutia, used to be a major financial source which provided jobs and revenue for the region and its people. As massive and big as it still is, this open-pit diamond mine would produce an immense amount of high-quality Russian diamonds back in the day. In a nutshell, the town's activities revolved around the production of more and more diamonds to keep the life busy and full of riches.

However, later down the line, the production of these precious rocks became scarcer, which eventually forced the mine to lay off most of the workers. In the end, the Diamond Mine closed down but still remains one of the largest ones in the world. When looked at from above, it probably looks like a black zone in space.

17 Dagdizel Plant -  Dagestan

Another mysterious location in Russia which appears to be just as spooky as the Diamond Mine is this odd building known as the Dagdizel Plant in Dagestan. Initially, Dagdizel Plant was used as a test center for the military department in Russia. According to the original plan, it had to be put in operation by 1939; however, the idea was actually short-lived since the military needs sort of changed over the years. Well, this Russian test center still resides in the Caspian sea but it's hardly ever used for anything anyway. On top of that, Dagdizel Plant is located almost over two miles from the shore, so getting there isn't really a piece of cake whatsoever. Today, it's only visitors are the birds that have made the land their own.

16 The Formerly Majestic Castle “Zakhluchye” - Moscow Oblast

This formerly beautiful castle, designed and constructed in the 19th century, is nothing more than just an old, dusty memory. There was a time when Zakhluchye used to capture the imagination of many travelers. But now, the castle sits lonely and quietly on the bank of a small lake, surrounded by rolling hills and a quaint tower. What probably strikes us the most about this castle is the fancy exterior and the poor paint job that's badly peeling. But in retrospect, this castle, constructed by the Russian architect A.S. Khrenov, must have been Moscow's pride.

15 Khovrinskaya Hospital - Moscow

Chilling stories always follow deserted places, like schools and hospitals, and Moscow's Khovrinskaya Hospital isn't really an exception on today's list either.

The building was constructed in the late 90s but the project was eventually ceased due to the lack of funding. Interestingly though, the construction was inadequately started from the very beginning as it was built on a poor foundation. The site used to be part of a river, making the ground less eligible for supporting such a massive structure anyway. Myths and legends of all kinds have grown up around the building because of its spooky looks and aura.

14 Kadykchan Village - Magadan Oblast

Officially known as a "depopulated community", this Russian Kadykchan village actually looks like a ghost town rather than anything else. Originally, this place was established as a coal mining village, but the corporation shut doors due to numerous incidents there. As a result, the locals soon left the village and settled in other communities without even packing all of their possessions. By the end of 2010, Kadykchan village in Magadan Oblast was almost completely deserted; it virtually had no official residence.  This place is rarely visited by travelers since there's not much to see around here anyway.

13 The Submarine Base “Bechevinka” - Kamchatka

Another abandoned place in Kamchatka is the submarine base in the charming Bechevinka Village, and it's kind of sad when you think of the awe-inspiring views of the nearby hilltops. However, the reason for setting the submarine base here in Kamchatka has nothing to do with those pleasant views; it was picked for shelter and privacy, and the surrounding mountains had that in abundance. The facility only survived for about a few decades before finally shutting down. Today the area is no longer used for such purposes but is now left for wildlife to grow.

12 Sanatorium Energy - Moscow Oblast

The old sanatorium was a long-abandoned place that wasn't used for decades until one day when the town decided to transform the building into something else. The former sanatorium would probably be torn down completely but at least the grounds would be used for the construction of something better. What's interesting about this place is that it's located just outside of Moscow, nearby a few ponds that are major hotspots for fishers. So, hopefully, the new buildings will be able to cater to those specific visitors who may spend a night or two here while fishing nearby the lakes and ponds.

11 Maternity Hospital - Vladimir Oblast

Maternity Hospital was a considerably modern building in a time when the township was thriving. The hospital was built in the 18th century and was supposed to take care of soldiers; however, it was transformed into a maternity ward. Later on, though, the hospital and the town were deserted, leaving the building in a ghost-like shape. Now the building resembles haunted hospitals, like those we see in the high-budget movies. That outdated detailing and concrete walls that are falling apart only add an extra "charm" to the place. You see, there are are too many aspects of it that make it look extra spooky and mysterious.

10 The Old Chambers -  Chukhloma

When it comes to Russia, there's just one thing that instantly springs to mind: you can surely expect to run into some weird things, starting with these old chambers in Chukhloma. Indeed, if you're really willing to travel off the beaten path, this place will definitely offer a good share of spooky vibes. These oddly shaped chambers are literally in the middle of nowhere. The nearest village, which still appears to be functioning normally, is about 8 km from the Chukhloma. So, if you're really thrilled to come here, be sure to bring a friend along just to calm your nerves when exploring the chambers.

9 The Grain Elevator - Chelyabinsk

Well, now that's an image that can make your heart skip a beat. This grain elevator was built right on the fringe of the Ural city of Chelyabinsk. Once the construction of the railway was completed, Chelyabinsk automatically became a pretty significant trade station between Eastern and Western Russia. The result was a gigantic 8-story building that served as the symbol of the town. It practically resembled a gigantic skyscraper rising high from the ground.  In only several years,  the other districts of the city developed so much that the grain elevator simply fell into disuse.

8 The Ancient Brusnitsyn Mansion - St. Petersburg

Located along the Karpovka river embankment, the ancient Brusnitsyn Mansion was constructed by Nikolay Brusnitsyn, a wealthy owner of a local tannery in Saint Petersburg. The formerly majestic mansion could be found near the industrial district of the Vailievsky island which is believed to be the hiding-place for Dracula's mirror. According to the locals, who almost seem to support these legends, the mirror was brought here in the 20th century from the Venetian Palazzo aka Dracula's resting place. In any case, such stories and legends about the Brusnitsyn Mansion definitely add a touch of mysteriousness to the location.

7 The Gothic Castle - St. Petersburg

This forgotten castle sits in Vladimir Khrapovitsky's region, a Russian lumberman, who had a liking for gothic architecture and traveling. During one of his French adventures in 1880, Vladimir promised himself that he would help the town built a similar mansion like the ones he saw while exploring France.  A few years later, he accomplished his goal and built a beautiful mansion in the French Gothic architectural style, with ponds, gorgeous gardens and cascades scatted all over the place. Sadly, though, the castle was doomed to loneliness after the man passed away.

6 The Unseen Side Of Leningrad

Saying that the scenery isn't at all spooky would be the biggest lie ever. This jaw-dropping site was built near the village of Saperny and is considered the largest decoration for a military movie. In fact, the entire town was built on an abandoned military base. The movie project engaged over hundreds of builders to set up the scene and the whole process took between 4 - 6 months and over 5 million dollars to complete. It's not hard to see that the decoration is filled to the brim with bizarre details, and the one you're looking at right now is probably just a small example of that.

5 St. Petersburg Is Running Short On Amusement Parks

This odd place happens to be located in Saint Petersburg nearby the Catherinehof Park, and nobody seems to care about it. This unique park that used to attract so many kids with its rides and swings is now slowly fading away.  There are no longer kids that can be seen swinging back and forth. There's no laughter anymore here. This place has surely become overlooked by the world. Traditionally, such spooky locations feed people's imagination like crazy. Therefore, you can hear many legends and myths about such abandoned spots. But once you look at these photos, you'll clearly understand what made the locals come up with such chilling bedtime stories.

4 The Affected Region of Bryansk After Chernobyl

It's no secret that the Chernobyl Power Plant was the epicenter of one of the biggest tragedies in the world. It only takes a single look at the whole region of Bryansk to realize that this place is unwelcoming and quite dangerous.  Even to this date, some parts of Bryansk are off-limits due to the critical levels of radiation. To prevent it from spreading further into the nearby cities, the inactive power plant is getting a new sarcophagus. Well, this will definitely keep people out while holding the unhealthy waves in. Apparently, the region is still badly affected although it's been decades since that Chernobyl accident.

3 The Abandoned And Forgotten Soviet Circus

Well, if the idea of running into clowns make you feel uneasy, then you'll surely want to avoid coming here. Much like the rest of the places on today's list, this bizarre-looking circus is certainly not the most pleasant thing you'll ever see around here. Only the thought of seeing clown-shaped figures, carved into the walls, will probably give you a stomach ache.  Actually, the architecture of this abandoned circus is quite unique, but even this isn't enough to make us go there and have a look at what's really going on the inside.

2 The Infamous Beslan School

This odd and spooky Beslan school stretches as far back as the former Soviet Union. Beslan School is located in Southern Russia and suffered lots of accidents in the Russian history. Naturally, the school was eventually abandoned, and there's a slim chance that it's ever going to get a new facade. Apart from the annual memorials that take place just outside the school, there's not much to see or do around here. This location has become quite useless for any kind of activities anyway, and given its spooky looks, that's completely understandable. Besides, this place looks quite unfriendly for newcomers, so you'd best avoid coming here.

1 Lake Karachay Was Also Affected By The Accident In Chernobyl

Once known as a gorgeous lake and a perfect place for quiet walks, Lake Karachay is now just as deserted and dangerous as the entire region of Chernobyl. In 1950, the country used the lake as a dumping terrain for radioactive waste. As a consequence, the lake had gained great amounts of toxic chemicals, and by the end of 1960, it was already heavily polluted due to the toxicity. Even 50 years later, the Russian lake Karachay is still considered one of the most polluted lakes in the country. Therefore, some parts of it are even off-limits to the public.

References: bbc.co.uk, russianblogger.me, rbth.com, guff.com

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9 Haunted Attractions to See in Idaho This Halloween

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The weather in Idaho is cooling off, people are stocking up on bags of candy like it were the apocalypse, and the pumpkin carving is under way. Yes, Halloween is just around the corner, and Idahoans are gearing up for a frightfully fun holiday. In the true spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled the top 9 haunted houses and corn mazes that will send shivers down your spine. Visit them all, if you dare.

1. Egyptian Theatre

The Egyptian Theatre.

Boise, Idaho

The Egyptian Theatre opened its doors in Boise in 1927. This theatre is now known throughout the Treasure Valley as a historical landmark and ghost-inhabited estate. The soul said to reside in the theatre is believed to be that of former 1920’s projectionist. Joe, as most visitors call him, worked for the theatre on the tail end of the 1920’s up until he had a heart attack while climbing the stairs to the projection booth in the 1950’s. Guests regularly report opening and closing doors, lights being turned on and off, and odd noises coming from other rooms. Check out the Idaho Horror Film Festival to really get your blood pumping.

2. Haunted History Tour

Haunted History Tour.

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Head to Idaho Falls and relive the area’s tortured past. The second annual Haunted History Walking Tour on October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th returns with dark and twisted stories of Idaho Falls’ twisted past. Hear the tales of crooked businessmen, soiled doves, and malicious murderers that played a part in Idaho Falls’ not so distant past.

 3. The Haunted World

Caldwell, Idaho

The Haunted World has been around for 17 years, and many visitors will tell you this spooky attraction has perfected the art of fear. It’s the largest haunted attraction in the state, offering more frightening entertainment than you may be willing to handle. Typical visits last 1½ hours on weekdays, and around 2 hours on weekends.

4. Haunted Mansions of Albion

Albion, Idaho

If you’re scared of clowns, then the Haunted Mansions of Albion will want to be on your list of places to avoid – or see? Depending on how you feel about being scared on Halloween! There’s also a “Zombie Academy” that will have all you Walking Dead fans jumping for joy.

5. Linder Farms

Linder Farms corn maze.

Meridian, Idaho

Linder Farms is one of the most family-friendly Halloween attractions on this list and it’s the official corn maze of the BSU Broncos. Take the kids to enjoy barrel train rides, laser tag, a petting zoo, obstacle course, Trail of Terror, and Zombie Acres, where they can take part in defending Idaho against the zombie apocalypse.

6. The Farmstead

The Farmstead

You’ve more than likely heard of The Farmstead , as it’s the home of Idaho’s original corn maze and was featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. You can take your kids to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect Jack O’ Lantern, exercise on a jumping pillow, watch pig races, ride the cow train, take a hayride, and run through the terrifying Field of Screams.

7. Old Idaho State Penitentiary

Old jail cells at Idaho State Penitentiary.

The Old Idaho State Penitentiary has quite the reputation and is often referred to as the most haunted site in the state. Perhaps it boasts such a chilling reputation because of its past, which consists of prison riots and executions. The Old Pen’s former inmates are said to haunt facility. Visitors report strange events such as feeling touches from invisible entities, sudden overwhelming feelings of dread or despair, and disembodied whispers in the hallways. You can visit the Old Idaho State Penitentiary right before Halloween on October 28th for the  Frightened Felons Family Night  or on October 29th for Frightened Felons Adult Night .

8. Dr. Slaughter’s Carnival of Fear

Dr. Slaughter’s Carnival of Fear is not for the faint of heart. Visit the tomb and see what thousands of years of isolated, cursed souls created. Run through 30,000 feet of winding catacombs, terrifying 3D effects, and sights and sounds of sheer madness.

9. Scarywood Theme Park

Athol, Idaho

Perhaps the most famous North Idaho Halloween attraction, Scarywood Theme Park  returns for another year of terror. What you thought you knew as Silverwood Theme Park is transformed into a living nightmare that will haunt you for eternity. This attraction has been featured on Travel Channel’s, “Halloween’s Scariest Thrills,” and continues to raise the bar every year. Experience five haunted attractions , seven scare zones and most of Silverwood’s signature rides in the dark.

Be sure to share your haunted Idaho photos with us on Instagram by using the #VisitIdaho hashtag.

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