Field of Screams
A local hit for over three decades, this horrifying haunt has attracted over one million visitors through the years and received all kinds of awards and praise. Located near Lancaster in the town of Mountville, this famed attraction will appeal to the most ambitious thrill-seekers. Any visit should include the following:
Hayride. Check out Field of Screams' original attraction, which remains just as compelling to this day. Featuring a sizable wagon that navigates a horrifying cornfield, this experience feels wonderfully immersive, thanks to the exceptional makeup, set design, and general artistry.
Den of Darkness. This is widely regarded as the attraction that put Field of Screams on the map. Highly interactive, this blood-curdling haunted house gets you up close and personal with the most frightening characters imaginable. Even if you're typically unphased by haunted houses, you'll want to give this one a try: you just might be surprised how quickly it can captivate you with its immersive set design.
Nocturnal Wasteland. This walkthrough experience is a genuine trail of terror. Truly innovative, the expedition will either frighten you or gross you out — or, in all likelihood, accomplish both goals. You'll be relieved once the trek is over, but also, proud you were brave enough to tackle it and oddly compelled to try it again.
If all this isn't terrifying enough, you can take part in the extra-intense Extreme Blackout experience, which comes to Field of Screams for just one night. The average visitor probably won't be able to stomach this special event, which incorporates extreme scare tactics going beyond anything you'll find in the ordinary Field of Screams or the region's other haunted attractions.
While it promises "unparalleled horror and excitement," Jason's Woods is far from the most terrifying attraction in the Lancaster area. That's exactly what makes it appealing, however: it's home to manageable thrills that self-proclaimed scaredy-cats can still handle.
Food and live music are to be expected, plus hayrides that take you through memorable haunted scenes and an outdoor walking experience that brings you into the deep, dark woods. The carnival attraction is the spookiest of all, using custom-designed clown scenes to disorient and disturb visitors.
If nothing else, Jason's Woods is worth checking out due to its historical significance. This was an early leader in the screampark business and paved the way for the larger and fancier attractions that would quickly steal its thunder. It's been around for over three decades but interestingly, was first created in hopes of preserving a family farm. If you want an introduction to the local screampark scene or to simply take part in a long-beloved tradition, this is a great place to start.