Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride-"A Wicked Wagon"
Genre: Haunted Hayride
Location: 19066 East River Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028
Runtime: 25 min
Note: The Haunted Barn is considered part of the Haunted Hayride.
One of the most eye catching and goose bump inducing hayrides the Buckeye State has is Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride. It's well known across Ohio and for good reason. It's fun, a little scary and has some impressive animatronics that you usually don't see part of hayrides.
This is City Blood's 2010 review of Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride.
What's Good About The Haunt?
Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride is possibly the most technologically advanced haunted hayride in the state of Ohio. There are some typical scenes like a nuclear wasteland, a frightening graveyard and more. But most of the haunt is full of high tech props and pyrotechnics that's unusual for hayrides in Ohio. The highlight of the hayride is of course The Haunted Barn. After experiencing a little over 10 minutes of various scenes, the tractor drives into a creepy old barn with a skull above its door that releases fog from its mouth. Inside the barn is a pretty entertaining show that rivals anything you'll see at another hayride.
The show inside the barn is themed around vampire bats and includes some impressive animatronics and gags. You'll experience a shaking cellar door, a large vampire bat that attacks, a rising sleeping giant, a three faced freak (Morris Costumes) and more. Make sure to watch the wagon closely as it lowers itself as the three faced freak uses his special powers. Props inside The Haunted Barn are from Distortions Ulimited and Scare Factory in Columbus, OH. One of the actors even wears a silicone vampire mask from SPFX Masks. Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride is current with today's haunt industry trends.
Even though the highlight of the hayride is The Haunted Barn, doesn't mean that the rest of the hayride isn't frightfully entertaining. There are quite a few unique scenes along the way. My two personal favorites are the large toilet that shoots flames and the prop inside the outhouse that pees water on its unexpecting victims. Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride is a well rounded haunt that will entertain adults and children alike.
What's Bad About The Haunt?
There's not too much that's bad about Spooky Ranch's Famous Haunted Hayride. The biggest negative of this haunt is having to wait 5 minutes in the beginning of the tour before coming across a scene. This would be hard to avoid because of how the hayride is designed. The hayride technically starts when you enter the haunted woods. There were also a few things that weren't working properly due to the weather. The massive pumpkin that shoots flames out of its mouth was lit up and not shooting flames, but this is understandable because of the weather conditions. I'm still shocked how dry it was at the ranch considering how much it had rained that night. Saying it was a downpour is putting it lightly.
The staff at Spooky Ranch feels like family and it is. Spooky Ranch is family run and resembles a big carnival. There are plenty of concessions like Fried pickles, Funnel cakes, Donuts, Soda and other stomach filling food. After you are done touring the Funny Fun House make sure and check out their Halloween Store with plenty of Halloween crafts and gifts.
Spooky Ranch's Haunted Hayride is famous for a reason. It uses state of the art technology while incorporating great actors and gags that set itself apart from the competition. For only $18 you can tour 5 different attractions at Spooky Ranch. That deal is hard to beat considering the quality of each haunt at the ranch. If you are looking for some Halloween entertainment that you and your family will enjoy, then please head on down to Columbia Station, OH to experience the one and only Spooky Ranch Famous Haunted Hayride.
Length-10 Design-9 Props/Animatronics-9 Acting-8 Scare Effect-8
Official Score - 8.8
*Twenty years ago, Darlene Otis and her three teenage sons started what is now referred to as the “Famous Haunted Hayride” on her horse ranch in Columbia Station, Ohio.