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Canfield Scaregrounds and more Halloween fun

By Stacey Carmany

What terrifies you? Are you afraid of the dark? Do you have an irrational fear of clowns? Do you have nightmares about the living dead?

Whatever it is that makes your skin crawl, you’ll find it at the Canfield Scaregrounds. Actually, it will find you. With more than 100 “live monsters,” there’s a nightmarish creature lurking around literally every corner.

As you get out of your car and walk toward the midway, you can already hear the blood-curdling screams and the buzzing of chainsaws nearby. You think about getting back into your car and driving away, but curiosity drives you onward.

Through the fog you see the familiar glow of the elephant ear stand, and start to breath a little easier. Suddenly, a blood-stained guy with a hockey mask and a chainsaw starts running toward you.

For just an instant, you’re really scared. You freeze up wondering if you should run away. Fight or flight?

Then you remember that he can’t hurt you. The monsters and murderers are costumed actors. The fog is dry ice and the chainsaws are toys. It’s all just good old-fashioned Halloween fun.

You laugh at yourself for getting caught up in the theatrics of it all, as you make your way to the ticket stand. The ax-wielding madman moves on to his next victim.

This fairgrounds-turned-haunted park has been making visitors scream for the last 18 years. Canfield Scaregrounds features not just one, but three separate haunted attractions.

Park manager Tara Stitle of Niles says the hayride is the tamest attraction in the park.

The ride takes you along the thoroughfare, through some of the fairgrounds’ many barns and buildings where creeps of all sorts lay waiting to hitch a ride. The scenes along the way, some of which are new this year, range from a gory beheading by a deranged Santa Claus to a group of creepy clowns dancing to club music.

The Scaregrounds’ newest and most disorienting attraction is its Maze of Mist. In it’s second year, the maze has visitors wandering around aimlessly through a seemingly endless maze of fog and chicken wire. They’re not alone. All sorts of ghosts and ghouls are lurking in the mist waiting to scare the daylights out of them.

Of all the Scaregrounds’ creepy attractions, the main haunted house is the grandaddy of them all. Thrill-seekers make their way through it’s dark passageways and corridors, stumbling upon spooky scenes and finding themselves literally face-to-face with all sorts of demonic creatures. They sneak up from behind. They jump out from corners and crevices. They climb walls and jump down from the ceiling.

Even if you’ve visited the park in the past, you won’t have the same experience. The Scaregrounds changes from year to year. Stitle, who is the daughter of the park’s owners, says the Maze of Mist is different this year and there are new several new scenes in the haunted house and the hayride.

What makes the Scaregrounds different from other haunted attractions in the area?

If you ask Operations Manager and Mahoning County Deputy Sheriff Joe Glenn he’ll tell you that when you visit the park you don’t just passively walk through it.

“When you come to the Canfield Scaregrounds, you’ll experience it,” he says.


Canfield Scaregrounds Haunted House and Hayride

• Info: Maze of Mist and gauntlet of fear and terror featuring more than 120 live monsters

• Address: 7265 Columbiana-Canfield Rd., Canfield 44406

• Phone: 330-799-3111

• Hours: Fridays & Saturdays 7 p.m. to midnight; Thursdays & Sundays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

• Open: Thru Oct. 31.

• Prices: Haunted House and Maze of Mist: Adult $12; Under 10 $7. Hayride and Maze of Mist: Adult $10; Under 10 $6.00. Haunted House, Hayride and Maze of Mist Combo: Adult $20; Under 10 $10

• Website: http://www.canfieldscaregrounds.com/

More area Halloween attractions:

Mahoning County

Family-Friendly Hayrides at Boardman Park

• Info: Proceeds benefit 4-H Club of Mahoning County, 4-H Alumni, PANDA and Key Club of Boardman High School.

• Address: 375 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman 44512

• Phone: 330-726-8107

• Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, dusk to 10 p.m.

• Open: Through Oct. 30

• Prices: $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Family rates: $12 Boardman resident families; $15 non-residents. Family based on two adults and up to four children.

Ghost Lake Haunted Trail

• Info: Spooky scenes along the accessible paved trail.

• Address: 16801 Mahoning Avenue, Lake Milton 44429

• Phone: 330-654-4989

• Hours: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Open: Through Oct. 30

• Prices: Free admission; free parking

Springfield Haunted Hayride

• Motto: “Come take a ride with us on a bone chilling experience of a lifetime. We have 13 reasons to make you SCREAM!"

• Music: Live music to include Gingerspittz, Facedown and Kill the Limbo.

• More: Bonfires, XBox 360 tournament, teen night (see website for more info.)

• Address: 11511 Springfield Rd., North Lima 44452

• Hours: Friday and Saturday, dusk to 10 p.m.; Sunday, dusk to 9 p.m.

• Open: Every weekend in October

• Prices: Hayride: $10; Bands: $5; Children under 12: $5.

• Website: http://www.springfieldhauntedhayride.com/Home_Page.php

Trumbull County

Downtown Warren Ghost Walk, sponsored by The Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County

• This walking tour of our historic district covers approximately one mile and includes seven stops where costumed actors portray people who once lived in Trumbull County and who in most cases, died tragically.

• Address: Guided tours leave from the First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Avenue, Warren

• Dates: Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23

• Hours: Tours leave approximately every 10 minutes between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

• Phone: 330-841-2936

• Prices: $6 for adults and $4 for those 12 & under. Tickets reserved on-line receive a $1 discount per ticket. Online reservations close 24 hours prior to event

• Website: http://www.trumbullarts.org/programs/ghost.htm

Fear Forest Haunted Hayride and Insane-a-Tarium Haunted House

• “Take a ride through 68 scarifying acres of sheer horror... This 1-mile haunted hayride is full of your worst nightmares!”

• Address: 6780 Tod Ave SW, Lordstown 44481 (Behind Dairy Queen)

• Phone: 330-824-3141

• Open: Weekends through Halloween:

• Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to midnight. Sundays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

• Prices: Adult hayride - $8: Children under 12 - $6; Adult hayride and Insane-A-Tarium combo ticket - $14 (Insane-A-Tarium ticket cannot be purchased by itself.)

• Website: http://www.fearforest.com/

Ridgeview Farm

• Pumpkins, pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, petting zoo

• Address: 5488 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield 44062

• Hours: Corn maze and pumpkin patch open 7 days a week from 11 a.m to 6 p.m.

• Prices: Monday through Friday, $5; Saturday and Sunday, $7

• Website: http://ridgeviewfarm.com/

The Original Haunted Hayride

• Proceeds benefit the Hartford Optimist Club and its programs.

• Address: Storeyland Christmas Tree Farm, 5148 state Route 7, Burghill.

• Phone: 330-772-TREE (8733)

• Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Non-haunted hayrides from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Open: through Oct. 30

• Prices: $6 for the haunted hayride; $2 for the non-haunted hayride.

Wildflower Farm

• Pumpkin patch, kiddie corn maze, hay rides, wagon rides, gift shop, petting zoo, farm animals, school tours

• Address: 2957 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Cortland 44410

• Phone: 330-638-5959

• Hours: Tues. through Sun. 11 am to 7 pm. Hayrides on Sat. and Sun. only.

• Open through Oct. 31

• Prices: Free Admission. Free hayride with purchase.

• Payment: Cash, Check.

Columbiana County

Columbiana Maze Craze Corn Maze

• Info: Pumpkin patch, barrel train rides, corn maze, hay rides. snacks and refreshment stand, restrooms and picnic area.

• Address: 45107 State Route 14, Columbiana 44408

• Phone: 330-482-9904

• Hours: Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, - Maze closes at 10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Maze closes at midnight. Saturday, 11am to 10pm - Maze closes at midnight. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Maze closes at 9 p.m.

• Open: Through Nov. 7. Hayrides and train rides will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in October only.

• Prices: For all three mazes - Ages 12 and up - $8; Ages 5 to 11 - $6; Ages 4 and under - free. Hayrides: $3 per person; Ages 3 and under - free

• Payment: Cash, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx.

Detwiler Farm

• Info: Pumpkins, pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, wagon rides

• Address: 4520 Renkenberger Road, Columbiana 44408

• Phone: 330-482-2276

• Hours: Saturday and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

• Open: Through Halloween

• Prices: $4 per person for hayride and two mazes; Ages 2 and under - free

• Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard

• Website: http://www.detwilerfarms.com/

Mercer County, Pa.

Ghoul Mansion

• “The Scarin’ (Sharon) PA haunted houses return for our 17th year! This year with Ghoul Mansion and an all new CarnEvil Fear!”

• Address: 66 N. Main St., Sharon, Pa. 16146

• Phone: 724-734-9199

• Open: Weekends through Oct. 31.

• Hours: Thurs. and Sun. - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. - 7 p.m. to midnight

• Prices: CarnEvil Fear Only: Adults, $10, Children under 10, $7. Ghoul Mansion only: Adults, $10; Children under 10, $7 Scarepass: Adult, $15; Children under 10, $10.

• Website: http://www.ScarinPA.com

Lawrence County, Pa.

Cheeseman Fright Farm

• Hay rides, hay maze, pumpkin patch, snack bar, free parking

• Address: 147 Kennedy Rd. Portersville, Pa.

• Hours: Begins at dark and will be open to 10 p.m. or until the last ticketed guest has ridden.

• Phone: 724-368-3233

• Days: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1 to Oct. 17

• Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 21 through Oct. 31

• Price: $12 per person. $10 per person for groups of 20 or more. Ticket price includes one admission for to all mazes, hayride and haunted attractions.

• Website: http://cheesemanfrightfarm.com/


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