If you think Halloween is for the young, you may want to check out the Dead End Hayride at PineHaven Farm in Wyoming.
Some of the staff are not allowed to drive the tractors on the hayride because the insurance policy won’t let them: they’re too young.
Jeremy Hastings, owner and operator of the annual event on his family’s farm, is in his 20s. And so is his entire crew.
The three-year-old Dead End Hayride is growing, giving PineHaven a boost in the fall season.
Instead of gore, the hayride focuses on old-fashioned “bump in the night” scares. The Site 66 cornfield is the scene for ghostly happenings. The insane asylum include actors in full bungee jumping gear.
Hastings hires only real actors to play his monsters, and he has a full-time make-up artist on site. One of his masks was created by the company that made the masks for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
PineHaven Farm is located at 28186 Kettle River Blvd. From Forest Lake, take I-35 north to Exit 135 at Wyoming. Turn left onto Viking Blvd., and take the first right onto Kettle River Blvd. Go north about a mile and half; the farm is on the left.
Hayride dates are Oct. 17 to 21, Oct. 24 to 28, and Oct. 31.
On Fridays and Saturdays, the hours are 7 to 11 p.m. and the cost is $17 per person. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, the hours are 7 to 9 p.m. and the cost is $15.
PineHaven sells pumpkins and also offers a kids’ Halloween party. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, families are invited to enjoy activities that include a costume contest and trick or treating for candy and prizes. Cost is $8 per person, with children under 2 admitted free.