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Help needed for charity haunted hayride

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II am in need of your help! I have been asked by a local farm to create a haunted hayride for charity. I need everyone's help to brainstorm as many ideas as possible so that I can help these nice folks make a little money for local charities and civic groups.

This all started last week when I was approached by a friend of mine that knew about my enthusiasm for the holiday, and he asked if I would help him plan this hayride for a local farm. For the last few years, these folks have had an autumn festival at their farm complete with corn mazes, rides for the kiddies, and a really nice 30 minute hayride around their farm (click HERE to see their website). They have always wanted to haunt their hayride in the evenings, but have never had the time to organize an attraction. And so, my friend and I have volunteered to organize the haunt.

The idea is that we will take the existing hayride and haunt it using volunteers from local organizations, such as the Jaycees, 4-H groups, local high school clubs, the volunteer fire department, Boy Scout troops, etc, etc. Whichever groups show up with volunteers will get to spit the ticket sales for that night.

And so, I need any and all ideas that you guys have. I know this group is always willing to help out, and I know that you guys have seen a good haunt or two. I don't have any real theme decided on yet; all I know is that I've got lots of space, and a really great farm family that is eager to put on a great show and to help their community.
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Well...

It's a corn maze. Great barn. Looks like a nice well there in one of the pics?


My first thought going around a corn maze was "Children of the Corn" as a theme. Most the setting is already there, the barn can be done up pretty simple to fit.

A second, rather unorthodox (;) ) idea....

I see the Chief Whitehorse trail rides...what about a native american themed haunt? Chief Whitehorse's revenge or something.

Indian burial ground. Some native american ghost stories/legends could be used. Bigfoot, deer woman, the snake tribe, spider woman, I could go on. If there are local tribes nearby, run it by their chief and you might even get them to help out, and donate the money to the tribe.
 

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Just what do you guys think an Indian burial ground should look like? We do have some burial mounds in the area (40-50 miles downriver at Toltec Mounds State Park), but they just look like big hills. Some are laid in geographic patterns, but you can only see that from the air. What says "hey, that’s an old Indian burial ground" to you?
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Or perhaps something akin to my little setup (though very African inspired originally)...

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Better yet, some combination of the two, if you ask me.
 

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Thanks UnOrthodOx...I really dig Flat Owl. BTW, how did you get the cool glow under your burial skins? LED's? Chritmas lights?
A ton of $1 Christmas light strings.

Most of my mounds broke, though. Rain is not a friend to monster mud and paper mache on a mound. (the Thompson's water seal actually worked quite well, but the weight of the water puddled on them snapped em all, then it soaked into the cracks, then mush...)
 
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