Haunters Prepare for Opening Weekend at Scream Acres
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
ATKINS, Iowa - ‘Tis the season for a scare.
We’re about four weeks out from Halloween. If you can't wait until then, a big haunted Eastern Iowa attraction opens for the first time this weekend. Bloomsbury Farm will welcome people to Scream Acres, which features two haunted barns and a haunted cornfield.
Workers started preparing for this year's opening day as soon as last season's haunting was over. Crews are spending countless hours getting it all ready for visitors.
"There's a lot of creepy voices, a lot of creepy faces,” said Bloomsbury Manager and Actor Noah Robinson.
A corn field the size of five football field has a path all laid out with scenes to scare those with the thickest of skin.
"There’s a lot of behind the scenes thinking and surprises. We surprise ourselves sometimes too," Robinson said.
Two entire barns are filled with twists and turns, one is a slaughter house and the other is carnival themed. You climb up steps and get an eerie feeling someone is watching you. Then there's a series of rooms, each with its own scary story.
"We have the new torture room and we have the new graveyard, a few more pops and bangs in there,” Petersen said.
Organizers go all out here at Bloomsbury Farm, and the haunting business is adding up for Bloomsbury Farm.
"The haunt business has turned out to be big business for us. A lot of our friends around the county are adding haunted attractions as well,” Petersen said.
They bring in dozens of actors and even train them how to properly scare people. Workers also attend a haunting convention and work with a scare consultant each year, which they say earns a title.
“Haunters, creepers, scarers,” Petersen said.
In the end, they just hope to knock visitors dead with their hard work.
“We’re just looking forward to a good season of scaring people,” Petersen said.
The day of Scream Acres is Saturday Oct. 6. at Bloomsbury Farm, located at 3260 69th Street in Atkins. It’s open from 7 – 11 p.m.
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