Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall Into Fall In The District: Where to Get Scared

With the arrival of fall comes all things pumpkin flavored (yes, you can even get pumpkin Pringles), chilly nights bundled up in sweaters, football nearly every day of the week, and perhaps the greatest thing of all, Halloween. Whether you’re like me and look forward to marathons of Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic and of course “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” or you like getting the bejesus out of you, or you just want an excuse to dress up without people judging you, Halloween is one of the highlights of fall.

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This week I bring you, the greatest place to get your scream on. That’s right, where to get scared in the District.

Six Flags Fright Fest
What could be better than an amusement park, night rides, and all sorts of scary creatures? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. Just a short drive outside of the nation’s capital, you will let out at least one scream during your visit, I assure you. A dense fog covers the park and between the coasters and the zombies, goosebumps are all but guaranteed. Whether zombies, bloodshed, or “carn-evil” workers are your favorite fright, Six Flags has you covered. For more information, including ticket sales, visit: http://frightfest.sixflags.com/america/attractions/.



Markoff’s Haunted Forest
This is the epitome of scary, ladies and gentlemen. Not only is it Maryland’s oldest haunted forest, but is nationally ranked as a terror-filled experience, as well. Located in Poolesville, Maryland, it is easily accessible from VA, MD, and DC. But be warned, you must book in advance because this attraction will sell out on weekends. Folks, this haunted forest is so scary that you have to sign a waiver to participate. During the 20-minute walk by candle light, visitors choose their trail that includes a graveyard, boneyard, shacks, an abandoned circus, and through a swamp. Be ready for sudden jolts and terrifying creatures. If being scared until you “soil yourself” (I pulled this straight from the Markoff website) is something you enjoy, then look no further. For ticket information and directions visit: http://markoffshauntedforest.com/.

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Field of Screams
Dear readers if you’re still not sold on a haunted experience then look no further than Field of Screams. This Olney, Maryland fright night will leave even the strongest and “never scared” shaking in their boots. According to their website, this year’s event is a 35 min walk through a haunted forest best known for being the place where a farmer from Dream City lost his life and was skinned alive by the most powerful werewolf in the world who is competing to rule over all of Scream City. Think zombies, supernaturals, and all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. If I’m being honest, I’m getting nightmares just thinking about it. {Confession: I watched Pet Semetary in the sixth grade and haven’t been able to handle anything remotely scary ever since.} Book your tickets early because just like Marakoff’s, Field of Screams fills up quickly. For more information visit: http://www.screams.org/haunted-house-attractions.php.

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 DC Itself Is Just Plain Scary
If you prefer to stay close to home, why not check out the famous stairs from the Exorcist in Georgetown. For those of you unfamiliar, check out Capital Katie's post here. Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention D.C. Ghost Tours. We all know the historic past of our fair city; but, as the tour site so clearly illustrates, we are blind to the conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels and assassinations that took place in D.C. Professional guides take you on a unique, and frightening tour of the paranormal in D.C. For more information on booking, please visit: http://www.dcghosttours.com/.

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Now don’t expect me to join you, dear readers, as scary isn’t my jam. Instead, I’m dressing up Lola as a chubby Chalupa and handing out candy to darling trick or treaters. Instead of buying tickets to give myself nightmares, I’m just going to search high and low for Halloween carols so people don’t judge me for rushing Christmas.



Yours In Eating Way Too Much Candy Corn,



 

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