Haunted Attractions in Brown County Guaranteed to Please this Halloween
October 10, 2014
With Halloween right around the corner, what better way to spend the weekend than checking out nearby haunted attractions. While Brown County may be known for its fall leaves, the area also has several haunted trails, activities, and attractions that are definitely worth exploring, including Cedar Rock, which features the longest haunted trail in the Midwest.
A hidden haunted treasure not widely known outside the surrounding area, Cedar Rock is a one-of-a-kind thrill that will leave you shaking in your boots. Be prepared to be scared…that is if you dare. Cedar Rock, located at the Bill Monroe Music Park and Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), features three haunted attractions: Cedar Rock Haunted Trail, Zombie Challenge, and Electro Shock Maze.
Stretching over a mile in length, making it the longest in the Midwest, is Cedar Rock’s famous “Haunted Trail.” Not only does the trail travel through the woods, but it also features over 5000 ft. of indoor scary attraction, setting this trail apart from others. See traditional Halloween goblins, ghouls and movie characters such as Freddy Krueger and Jason, as well as experience a terrifying Walking Dead scene, featuring over 30 zombies. The trail even passes through a one-acre graveyard.
Zombie Challenge and the Electro Shock Maze are the two other spooky attractions at Cedar Rock and include an indoor pitch black maze and a highly charged electric maze guaranteed to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
“We are 100% unique,” says Cedar Rock Owner Ben Voils. “People can go to 50 different attractions and they remember ours as being special. Here we don’t scale things down, we do everything life-sized. And the trail really is top notch.”
Cedar Rock also has something for those looking for a more tame evening, including a non-scary hayride through the beautiful scenery of Brown County, as well as its ever-popular Scare Fest. Whether it’s after a hayride or after being scared senseless on the haunted trail, the Scare Fest is a great place to kick back and enjoy the fall festivities. Scare Fest, which is free, features live music performed by local artists, food, face painting, pumpkin painting, and a bonfire.
“Here it’s a whole different atmosphere,” says Voils. “Not only will we scare you on the trail, but you can hang out by the bonfire and listen to quality, live music too.”
Cedar Rock will also be hosting three “Zombie Apocalypse” adventures in 2015, which will be overnight scavenger hunt competitions through the woods at the mercy of chasing zombies. Mark your calendar now in advance to be part of this distinctive attraction coming in 2015.
Cedar Rock is open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7:30 p.m. to midnight and Sundays in October from 7:30 to 10 p.m. It will also be open on Thursday, October 30. General admission prices range from $15 for the haunted trail only to $25 for a combo ticket, with discounted prices for children 12 and under, pre-purchased tickets online, and groups of 15 or more. V.I.P. Fast Pass tickets available at higher rate.
In addition to Cedar Rock, Brown County is also home to several other haunted attractions. Enjoy the fall foliage and ghastly ghouls at Halloween at the Park. This event, held at the Brown County State Park on October 25, includes campsite decorating and pumpkin carving contests, a friendly trick-or-treat trail, and a haunted trail.
Kids and parents in costume can stroll the Friends Trail by the park office at 5 p.m., with candy provided. Later on the Friends Trail will be converted to a spooky Halloween necropolis for the Haunted Trail which runs from 8 to 10 p.m. Halloween at the Park is presented by the Friends of Brown County State Park. Activities are free with park admission with all other donations benefitting the Friends of Brown County State Park.
More Halloween haunts await in the Village of Nashville at the Melchoir Marionette Theatre. Be sure to check out “The Slightly Haunted Puppet Theatre,” a truly unique Halloween experience. The show, which features a cast of traditional Halloween characters, will charm and bewitch you. Shows are offered every Saturday and Sunday in October at 1 and 3 p.m., and also occasional Thursdays and Fridays at select times throughout the month. Tickets are $5; children under 2 are free.
Local and surrounding pumpkin patches, farmers markets, and apple orchards are also popular fall attractions. Enjoy the scenic views and head up the road to Trafalgar to The Apple Works. There you can hand-pick delicious apples, take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, and listen to live music on Saturdays and Sundays in October.
With so much to do, whether it be scary or simply something to get you in the mood for Halloween, Brown County should definitely be on your fall to-do list.
For more information about Brown County haunted attractions and fall activities, please visit the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.browncounty.com.