View Full Version : Who runs a hayride?

02-03-2006, 12:42 PM
Who all runs a hayride or pumpkin patch? I am on a board that does a haunted hayride every October in Columbiaville, Michigan. Our event is called Creepy Hollow. Our entire hayride is through thick woods. Last year we had 14 scenes and good attendance. Anyone else?

Duke of Darkness
02-16-2006, 05:13 PM
I have not done hayrides or other outdoor attractions in the past, but am considering doing it this year. What works well for you? How do you deal with weather?

I look forward to learning more.


02-21-2006, 06:30 AM
Well, weather can be a huge problem for an outdoor attraction. One thing we do is just make sure all of our wiring is safe so it can hold up. On really bad nights we do not run. Also make sure you don't leave any props that you really like at the site because we have had people come through and destroy stuff. Another big factor is the cold, make sure you have a heat source for your guests while they are waiting for the ride. We also provide blankets for the ride itself.

03-20-2006, 07:33 AM
Anyone else do a hayride?

06-08-2006, 03:00 AM
We're building a hayride RIGHT NOW for one of our attractions...

We'll have a 25,000 square foot SILOX, 5,500 square foot trailer haunt, Distortions Beast and a 1/4 mile long Hayride. The hayride will pack a huge punch with tons and tons of awesome scenes and lots of detail.


06-08-2006, 06:49 AM
We're building a hayride RIGHT NOW for one of our attractions...

We'll have a 25,000 square foot SILOX, 5,500 square foot trailer haunt, Distortions Beast and a 1/4 mile long Hayride. The hayride will pack a huge punch with tons and tons of awesome scenes and lots of detail.


Will you be showing any footage of it on any of the upcoming DVDs? I think our hayride is also about a quarter of a mile.

06-21-2006, 02:01 PM
As soon as we get our new website up we'll start featuring photos and eventually a video. Larry

08-28-2006, 06:13 PM
I have done the Haunted Hayride for the last 8 years. The first three years were helping with others scenes, the last 5 years, we have done our own. For the last two years, our scene has won first place for best scene. I absolutly LOVE doing the haunted hayride. :twisted:

08-29-2006, 08:37 AM
I have been volunteering at a local haunted hayride / haunted barn attraction in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area for 10 years. It's the oldest haunted attraction in the state. Have a great time with a great bunch of people raising money for the Hershey Medical Center for Children with Cancer.

I have produced several small haunted attractions in the past (i.e., terror trails, haunted train ride, etc.) and if things go well will be designing an all new haunted trail or haunted hayride in my area for 2007. I have several sites that I'm negotiating with at the present time. (Fingers crossed!)

Jim Warfield
08-31-2006, 11:02 PM
I'm curious, Larry. Will there actually be any hay on the wagons when they are in operation?
I could see some problems with hay, alergys to name one, combustability the other and a real good place to lose car keys or a thin wallet full of everything. (Or heirloom necklaces?)
I almost forget "Needles!" (in a hay stack)

09-18-2006, 09:27 AM
We use it at ours but personally I wish we didn't because people tend to slide around on it. I wish we would just use wagons with the seats on them but when you do things by commitee majority rules.

02-11-2008, 02:20 PM
I'm thinking about doing a hayride this year. My uncle has a tractor that can hold probably 5-7 people

02-11-2008, 06:32 PM
You definitely need a trailer. Trying to load people onto a tractor in the dark is just begging for a lawsuit. Can I be the first one to ride, before the others file?

02-12-2008, 07:29 PM
why is it begging for a lawsuit

02-15-2008, 07:41 PM
We generally put 30-40 people per wagon and pull two in one run. Lawsuits Plauge every event! They are inevitable! Its what you do to try to minimize the risk and deflate the lawsuit before it begins. Like printing rules on the back of ticket stubs. Posting the hosts liabilities for everyone to see. The business that I work for has been doing Haunted Hayrides, Houses, alien invaision and daytime pumpkin patchs for the last 15 years. Recently we brought back our corn walk called "Deadtime Stories". Due to danger hazards of flying corn it was dropped for a few years. A group of us are responsible for scene ideas and event construction for all of our events. We have our hayride through partial woods. Entering and exiting periodically and over part of our farm. With enclosed scenes in certain spots. Our event is called HorrorFest. You can find a link to the website on 13haunts.com

02-16-2008, 12:23 PM
With a hayride, you need to make the transition on and off as smooth and safe as possible. Remember, it's going to be at night and many people are klutzes. Ideally you don't want it much more difficult than normal walking - up a gradual ramp right onto the trailer, without a gap for their foot to slip into. I don't know about the tractor you have in mind but see all kinds of problems with people getting on and off, hanging on, slipping, getting bumped around, etc. That is why some people even hate to use haybales, even though it is called a hayride.

03-13-2008, 01:01 PM
It's all in the type of trailer that you use and keeping a watchful eye. Ours is tractor pulled and we use an old cotton trailer (we're in Texas; we find them at farm auctions all the time for about $200) We've constructed special steps with handrails that our drivers back right up to with the trailer. The driver must always stand to assist at the steps, and we use square bales for seating. We haven't had any trouble; and ShawnC is absolutely right about slope and all. You just have to think about how somebody could hurt themselves and go from there!
I tell you what though, people LOVE hayrides....we can barely keep up most nights. It's worth it. ;)

04-05-2008, 02:50 PM
We have talked about doing a haunted hayride this year, but we aren't going to.

04-07-2008, 01:15 PM
we've decided to continue the hayride, only not haunt it. It can be a nightmare on a Saturday night! We're going to focus the actors into the haunt attraction, and leave the other stuff on the farm as additional activities.

05-28-2008, 02:38 PM
I run a Haunted Hayride every year, about a mile through the woods on weekends in October... Any good hayride scare tactics? I am always looking for some new ideas... I have a great chain saw effect if anyone is into chain sawing.

05-28-2008, 06:18 PM
we don't do a halloween hayride we just have a free house haunt. I don't like the ideal of doing street to street with the hayride too much chance for injury trouble But here some pics of my christmas hayride that I do for the last 12 years for different groups thur a neighbourhood so they can see the christmas lights...its a free ride..Howard

01-26-2009, 12:40 PM
Hi, all ~
We've been doing hayrides for years now. One thing we've learned: Customers LOVE a long, winding hayride. We use old cotton trailers that we pick up at auctions (around $200 +) and they're the perfect size to fit approx 20-30 people on. We do use hay for seating, and we have staff that ALWAYS help people on and off from the wagon -- supervision and safety are a must. We have a 75 acre farm and our trail travels the perimeter of the farm. It's a great way for people to see our corn maze, haunted trail, pumpkin patch and other activities.

If you're adding a hayride, you and your customers will not be disappointed! We include the hayride with our admission price; however, we have had people who come back to the ticket office and offer to pay for additional rides!

01-26-2009, 07:42 PM
Hi My family and myself run the Reaper's Realm Haunted Forest Ride near Sarnia Ontario Canada.It is a 12 acre forest with a trail a little over a mile long.We have been open every October since 2001. We also have a walk through Haunted House.We had a very good turn out this year (no rain all month). We are not the traditional hayride,we run between 4 -6 special topless reapermobiles (school busses with the roofs cut off) the patrons just love them. One person said after they got off the ride that it was like a hayride on steroids .We also sell glow products T-shirts,hats and diferent Halloween trinkets and food and refreshments.

02-24-2009, 12:18 AM
I am so jealous of you guys that have the acreage to run a hayride. Being that i'm a country boy at heart, I would kill to drive wagons all night long. Well, as long as they're red/white or green tractors. Can't have any of that old or new blue.

I suppose I'll just keep pretending with a Deere 318, Kubota G6200H and coming soon, a Deere 430 ;)

04-22-2009, 04:02 PM
I'm planning to do a hayride this year. I'm calling it Forest Of Fear, and the whole hayride goes through thick, pitch black woods. But on the way back, the patrons get out and walk through the woods to get back.

Heritage Haunt
07-03-2009, 11:47 PM
Hello,My name is Scott and I am a manager of the Heritage Haunt and Pumpkin Festival in Santa Clarita Ca. We are a non-profit haunt that raises money for the SCV Historical Society and the local Hart H.S Dist. We are in our 3rd year and are expanding and adding a Hayride. I have been doing haunts since 1970, but have never done a hayride. any suggestions for a novice hayride manager? So far all I have is a large campsite,a group of Cowboys who perform with guns and horses.I have a flatbed and a truck to pull the flatbed with hay. I can get a tractor but the truck is much more quiet.The campsite is a long corridor that goes into a campsite and then loops back kind of L shaped.We thought that rigging the sound on the truck and flatbed would work better than trying to run line for a mile in the campsite.The cowboys are a retired group of studio stuntmen.This is their first haunt.Any suggestions would be appreciated,Scott