Bloody Acres, west of Edgerton, offers PG-13 scares through haunted trail and hayrack ride.
Mica Marriott
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One family will share the fictitious legend of property west of Edgerton this Halloween season by opening a haunted hayrack ride and spooky walking trail to the public.
“Bloody Acres” haunted hayrack ride is opening to the public for the first time this season. The haunted hayrack ride – two miles west of Edgerton on Spoon Creek Road – will be open from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 15 and 16.
What visitors will find on the haunted family grounds is truly a terror. Bloody Acres, as legend has it, was first used as burial ground by an Indian Shaman in the early 1800s. According to local lore, the Shaman was able to remove evil spirits that caused nightmares. He would prevent nightmares by placing them in powerful dream catchers where they would be held for eternity. Catchers were then buried where they would hold the nightmares forever unless disturbed.
Sol Richland of New York didn’t know the land’s history in 1946. That year, he opened a funeral parlor and cemetery in Miami County. Sol had been stationed in Ottawa, Kan. during the war and was responsible for grave registration. Part of his job was burying German prisoners of war being held there.
Sol and his wife Anna purchased land just two miles west of Edgerton with the intent of building a funeral parlor and cemetery. The pair was able to start digging graves right away, but they held funeral services in a tent while saving money to build the funeral parlor.
The first several plots were dug with little trouble, but things quickly went awry. Sol discovered Indian artifacts in several of the graves. Though he employed many grave diggers, Sol eventually had difficulty hiring help. Grave diggers kept disappearing without a trace. Sol started digging the graves by himself.
In 1949, Anna reported that her husband was missing. His body was never recovered. Anna moved back to New York to be with family.
Several years later, the land, said to be haunted, was leased to a local family from a holding company in New York. And Bloody Acres was erected, though no one digs there anymore.
For almost nine years the Carl Sands family and friends have been scaring the wits out of one other during the family’s traditional Halloween hayrack ride.
Though over the years as the grandchildren and cousins aged into teens and young adults, the scaring tactics turned into serious business, and they have hosted private parties and some corporate events. For the first time this year, they’ve reached their goal of inviting the general public to take part this Halloween.
Tickets are $12 per person for the hayrack ride and $10 per person for the “Labyrinth of Nightmares” a haunted walking trail, or visitors can buy a combo ticket to enjoy both for $20. Prices apply to victims of all ages.
The hayrack ride covers a half mile of tree covered twists and turns and the walking trail is a quarter mile through spooky dark woods not for the faint of heart. The Bloody Acres team have rated themselves PG-13, due to the frightening images and terrifying spooks that jump out of the wilderness.
A food vendor will be on site selling popcorn and other goodies, though alcohol is prohibited and not allowed under any circumstance.
The haunted land, now known as Bloody Acres will be open from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Thursday night from now until Halloween. It will be open from 7:30 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween as well. On Halloween night, the haunted property will open for a final night of spooks from 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
Bloody Acres is located two-and-a-half miles south of Edgerton on Spoon Creek Road in Miami County.
Directions from Gardner: Take Interstate 35 south to the Sunflower Road Exit Go south to 223rd Street. Turn left or east and go to Spoon Creek Road. Turn right or south and follow the signs.
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