Last weekend my friend Stephanie, of Thoughts from Cali, and I headed up to Oak Glen, Los Rios Rancho specifically. The reason for our climb up into the mountains about two hours east of Los Angeles? The first annual Haunted Farm!
You see, I am a sucker for anything scary. Stories, movies, haunted locations, I can't get enough. So when Stephanie came across this brand new event, I was in!
Even apples look creepy at night!
As we headed up the mountain, far past the city, way out where the street lights no longer lit our surroundings, we were giddy with that excited fear that comes with the unknown. What was waiting for us at Los Rios Rancho was one of those nights that chills your blood, gets your heart racing, and makes you scream!
Since it was the first night ever of the Haunted Farm, there were only a few people present - a factor that contributed to our eerie experience. When I say it was dark up there...I mean dark. The moon and the glow sticks they gave us were the only sources of illumination.
The bright white circle is not the moon. Is it a ghost orb?!
Once we boarded the hay ride we were told a spooky story about the land and it's bloody past. Of course, this is where our heart started racing. We were surrounded by trees and apple orchards, and the tractor had no headlights. Just light enough that we could make out the trees but dark enough that our imaginations turned those trees into ghoulish figures. As part of the tour, we were instructed to exit the hay ride and walk through the corn field to get back down the hill. Yikes!
"Dead people" dressed as scarecrows kept popping up around every turn. Remember, we only had use of the moonlight and glow sticks to find our way out the cornfield. So basically, we could hear someone - or something - making it's way toward us but we weren't quite sure where it was going to pop out from. Needless to say there was a lot of screaming and running by the small bunch of us. Come to find out, a few people on the tour were actually part of Los Rios Rancho. And if they weren't they were definitely snatched up by scarecrows and never returned! Literally snatched. These people went flying into the maze of corn!! I don't know how they didn't get hurt...it was that violent.
Me and Steph
I must say, it was great seeing my pal, Stephanie, scared hehe! I am always the one screaming at Knott's Scary Farm (a local amusement park that transforms for Halloween, I'll blog about my recent trip soon :) so it was thrilling for me to see her terrified!
I really hope this Haunted Farm gains popularity because it deserves to last for years and years to come! If you live in Southern California and would like to partake in the thrill of the Haunted Farm, be sure to visit their site for info. It only costs $10 and provides about 20 minutes of frightening fun!
I'm sure I'll have another post about Los Rios Rancho as I'll be back at the end of the month to pick apples and consume apple goodies during the day. Can't wait to see the changing colors up there, away from the city!