Hayrides offer mix of fun and fright

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Terror in the Junkyard 2012 Haunted Hayride and Maze

Photos by Laura Stetser 

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – “Terror in the Junkyard 2012 Haunted Hayride and Maze,” an annual Halloween attraction for the area and a point of pride and camaraderie among the event’s organizers, the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company, is set to open for the season tonight (Friday, Oct. 5) at 7 p.m.

“Where else can you go to a hayride at a junkyard?” proudly asked fire company Chief Michael Fiedor this week during a sneak-peak tour of the spooky trails. “There is nobody that we know that does a hayride in a junkyard. There are some in cornfields and open fields, but no one else has it in a junkyard. It gets so dark out here you cannot see your hand in front of your face.”

Fiedor said while the all-volunteer staff gets a kick out of hearing the screams of their riders as they travel on the nearly 30-minute tour, the hayride is a family friendly event.

“What we try to emphasize is family. It’s all about the family unit. If I started to make it gory, then I have to put an age limit on it. How can I have someone getting their stomach cut open and guts hanging out and have a 6-year-old see that? You just can’t do that,” he said. “We make it so you get a little fright and have fun. I’ve seen more moms and dads get afraid than their 5-year-olds.”

All of the skits are new this year, he said, and the company has enhanced its advertising and social media presence to expand its reach and appeal. Folks come from as far as New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, he said. “We’re getting bigger.”

The hayrides, which are handicapped accessible, get more popular as Halloween approaches.

“Toward the second or third week of October, it gets really packed,” he said.

Making the spooky event accessible to everyone allows the company to keep people coming back, but also to raise money. The hayrides and mazes are the company’s largest annual fundraiser.

“We’re not here to try to gouge anyone,” Fiedor said, referring to the ticket prices and refreshment costs. “We are trying to keep costs in a range that is less than going to a movie. But here you can cuddle up, come out, smell the fresh air, smell of wood burning, be kind of frightened and have a good night.”

The men and women who volunteer their time to set it up begin in preparations in April, seven months in advance of opening weekend.

“You wouldn’t think that, but it’s time consuming,” he said. “It takes these guys a lot of time to imagine this and begin to put it together.”

Fiedor said he can rely on his company to pull it all together each year because of the strong relationships they foster year-round.

“I have 58 men and women on the roster, and I get 100 percent participation from everyone and their families. Scullville Volunteer Fire Company is one big giant family. We eat together, we cry together, we laugh together and we party together. We do everything as a family,” he said. “I am proud to be part of something like this.”

If You Go

Scullville Volunteer Fire Company’s “Terror in the Junkyard 2012 Haunted Hayride and Maze

Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7-11 p.m.

Sundays in October, 7-10 p.m.

Hayrides: $10

Maze: $5

Combo tickets: $13

See www.scullvillefire.org

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