Headless Horseman: Expensive And Scary As Hell
On Saturday night, my girlfriend Samantha and I went down to Ulster Park (Kingston basically) and did the Headless Horseman hayride and the other scary stuff they do at the #1 rated haunted attraction in America. We actually enjoy it very much, and don't mind the hour plus long drive. It's become pretty much an annual tradition since we started dating 5 years ago. This year my suga-momma Sam bought the tickets for October 19th, a Saturday 'premium night'. It came to something like $120. Yes, you heard me right One Hundred And Twenty Dollars. Enough to make you scream bloody murder. And while her and I truly believe the HH is far and away the best production of any of the hayrides/scream houses we've ever been to, it's hard to justify paying all that money. Yet thousands of people do it nightly.
It was literally mobbed there. We waited approximately an hour to get on our hayride and while it's fun, it's not 'scary'. The story line is interesting and clever, the scenes and the characters were solid and the ride lasted maybe 20-30 minutes.
After the hayride, you go into a creepy motel, walk through dark cornfields, get chased by scary clown with sledgehammers, and navigate your way through a demented insane asylum.
We hadn't been there in a few years, and some things were new. But if you've done Headless Horseman in the past, it's pretty much the same.
The production value and set-up : 9/10
The gore : 7/10
The scare/creep factor: 8/10
Dollar value: 3/10
Oh, by the way. If we wanted to purchase a 'scream pass' to get to the front of the line, we would have shelled out a total $160 for the two of us. As impatient as I am, I didn't want my suga-momma to do that, so we roughed it.
Overall, I still give HH a solid 7.5 out of 10.