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Shocktoberfest scares up new hayride for 26th season

Scream park begins 26th season on September 15

SINKING SPRING, Pa. - Shocktoberfest is preparing to scare up some frightening new features for its 26th year as "Pennsylvania's premier haunted scream park."

Shocktoberfest announced Thursday that it will begin its 2017 season next Friday, September 15, with upgrades to its "Zombie Safari Hayride," featuring new scenes, scares, and "more zombies than ever before."

Also new this year are Shock's tailgate party and "Blackout and the Haunted Hayride," the latter of which will only be presented on the weekend of November 10 and 11.

Guests will have to navigate their way through the "Prison of the Dead" and "The Unknown" without the attractions' show lights. They will then wear hoods for a journey on the "Zombie Safari Hayride."

"It is like nothing you have ever experienced," Shocktoberfest organizers said.

The blackout event is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16, and everyone must sign a waiver.

Other attractions returning this year include:

  • Ground Assault: Zombie Laser Tag – Battle zombies with a tactical laser gun.
  • The Prison of the Dead – a "horrifying" 50,000-square-foot condemned prison compound.
  • The Unknown 2.0 – A phobia-themed haunted house which uses our proprietary cinematic 3D effects.
  • Club Shock – a haunted night club with live bands and DJs
  • The Zombie Experience – be transformed into a zombie and get to scare other customers.
  • The Zombie Night Run – run for your life from the "blood-thirsty" zombies.
  • The "Almost" Naked and Scared Challenge – go through a haunted house with almost zero protection in nothing but your underwear.
  • Prison of the Dead Escape – Escape room experience inside the Prison of the Dead Haunted House.
  • Monster Midway – complete with scare zones, shows, games, music and great food at ShocktoberFeast and Shockers Café.  

Also returning this year is the "Zombie Mud Run" and "Zombie Mud Run Junior" on October 14, with part of the proceeds being donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County.


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