Last updated on October 10th, 2019
It’s been almost 4 years since I did my last Haunted House. Mostly because I couldn’t justify spending the money to hang out with a bunch of high-school-aged kids trying to get scared with predictable attractions. When Matt Dunn, the owner of Scream Town approached me about the new sister attraction he was opening, the Abandoned Hayride in Chaska, I was interested in hearing more. His goal was to re-define the Haunted Hayride experience and do the unexpected. The question was, would it provide the scare factor his park is known for attracting?
The Abandoned Hayride Experience in Chaska
It has over four different attractions, but once you start, you have to do them all. This took me a little by surprise, but it ensured that everyone had a great experience. Using timed tickets helps alleviate any long lines and ensured that everyone got a great experience, including their own scares. The Abandoned Hayride in Chaska is attached to Scream Town, making it perfect for those that want to do both.
The attraction is broken up into 4 parts. First is the Hayride. Set up like an auditorium on wheels, it makes stops at different locations in the woods. If you are just looking for light scares, sit in the back, or middle section. For those looking for something scarier, get front row or edge seating. You will be immersed in the whole experience. Keep your eyes open for the sleight of hand.
After Hayride concludes, you are dropped off at the Forsaken. It’s a haunted house-style attraction made to play with your senses. Word of warning, there are tight spaces and even a little crawling required. It is a confusing experience that had everyone clinging to each other, making quick friends with your neighbors.
Once you escape the labyrinth that is the Forsaken, you are given a lantern and a path in the middle of the woods. It’s up to you to get back. If you’ve ever gone camping and had to find the bathroom in the middle of the night, this is exactly what it felt like. Except these woods had a few surprises along the way, so watch out. Don’t worry, there is a loose path to follow, though it’s defiantly not groomed, adding to the creep-out factor.
The wooded path ends at Delirium. A traditional haunted house, filled with different ways to terrify you. It is dizzying, disorienting and even a little trippy. Everything about the experience was designed to terrify you. It delivered.
Abandoned Hayride Actors
Most haunted houses, the actors don’t touch you. The Abandoned Hayride allows light touching. It’s nothing extreme like some attractions where they hold you down. Its light touches, flick of the hair, and if you are like me who does not scare as easily, they may even get you with a chainsaw. One thing that was evident from the very beginning was how much fun all the actors have. They pride themselves on getting a rise out of you.
Setting the Mood
The Abandoned Hayride in Chaska does an amazing job of getting the look and feel just right. You have no idea how hard it was for me not to bring out my camera and start snapping pictures along the way. The attention to detail, distractions and everything was amazing. They find ways to immerse you in the experiences with all your senses.
Other Things to Know about the Abandoned Hayride in Chaska Before you Go
The Abandoned Hayride shares the same parking lot with the Scream Town. If you follow Google Maps, it has you turning on the opposite side of the road. Don’t Listen. Just follow the Scream Town signs and you’ll find it. You’ll be driving on a dirt road and grass, similar to the Trail of Terror or the Renaissance Festival. The biggest difference is, the parking here is not as uneven and rocky. Much more level. That being said, I probably wouldn’t take a vehicle that is low to the ground.
There is no food or drinks allowed on the attractions. With the way the attraction is set up, you start off in line for the Abandoned Hayride. After you finish with everything, you are dropped off inside Scream Town, where there are plenty of different foods to choose from. They also a heated beer and wine tent!
As a teenager, my mom was forced to decide to either pay the money and go with us or drop us off there. Either that or I had to force an older sibling to go along. Things have changed since those days. That’s why I love that the Abandoned Hayride has a special area just for parents. This is unique to the Abandoned Hayride and Scream Town. Parents get to enter the facility and get to enjoy the amenities like fire pits and drinks, while they can sit back watch as their kids run screaming. No more waiting in the car, unless you like that kind of thing.
They also have a chaperone deal for those that want to join in on the fun and have 5 or more kids under the age of 18.
The park is patrolled by the Carver County Sherif. Their presence is very well known throughout the park. At no point did I ever feel unsafe through the experience.
The Abandoned Hayride has different ticketing options. The basic ticket is $24 and an Ultimate VIP ticket for $149. I’m sure you’re asking why on earth is there such a big price difference? That’s because the Ultimate VIP Ticket is actually a ticket that gets you to access to both the Abandoned Hayride and Scream Town. There are other perks, like no waiting in lines, beverage, and other gift bags included in the ticket.
The price of the regular admission also goes up on peak nights slightly. To save a little money and guarantee that you’ll get a ticket, I highly recommend purchasing online. They ticket start at just $20. For the 2019 Season, you can score an extra $3 OFF Tickets by using the coupon code: DAYTRIPPER at checkout.
Tips Before You Go
- You are going to be spending a good amount of time outside. Dress accordingly. That includes hats, gloves and a hoodie or warm coat. You can always pocket things if you need it.
- Remember the part about being left in the woods? Yeah, you’ll need a sturdy pair of shoes. Nothing fancy like hiking boots, but don’t bring anything with a heel.
- After the Hayride concludes, there is a bathroom. Otherwise, for the next three legs of the adventure, you’ll have to hold it.
- This place is not meant for young children. While they don’t limit the age of people admitted, its recommend for 10+. Depending on the child, I’m not sure this would be the place I’d introduce them for haunted attractions.
- If you couldn’t tell, the experience is not handicap accessible. It’s just not possible with all the different ways they used to torment you.
Does the Abandoned Hayride in Chaska live up to its name?
The Abandoned Hayride was something completely different and fun at the same time. It provided scares, laughs, and things that I had never experienced before. I would highly recommend visiting if you have a free night in October. For more haunted attractions in the area, check out my list of the top 13 Scariest Haunted Houses in the Twin Cities.