Spooky World’s ‘scariest’ ever Haunted Hayride opens Sept. 25 at Mel’s

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LITCHFIELD, NH – Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England and the all-new Haunted Hayride has raised the haunt-industry bar to a new level.

Following an investment of $1.5 million in haunt technology and all-new scenes of terror, Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England is set to open for the haunt season Friday, September 25, 2015 at Mel’s Funway Park in Litchfield. The central feature of the new experiences is a terrifying haunted hayride through the dark woods, where guests will encounter several horrifying new scenes.

SpookyWorld1Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England is widely known as the “scariest” attraction in the market. The new Haunted Hayride will be explosively terrifying.

Guests will embark on a one-mile tractor ride through the deep, dark woods where they will come face-to-face with their darkest fears over a series of ghastly scenes. From a spider-infested campground where evil arachnids lie in wait, to a demonic tree-top village, to a secret torture compound riddled with mutilated body parts, to a fiery plane crash – nothing is sacred and no one is safe. The bravest will cower and the toughest will beg for the punishment to end, but it will have just begun.

SpookyWorld3“To call our new attraction a ‘haunted hayride’ doesn’t do it justice – it is that times 100,” said Michael Accomando, co-owner of Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England and Mel’s Funway Park. “It is like nothing people have ever experienced before. We have pulled out all the stops to bring people a truly terrifying ride experience.”

The investment in New England’s scariest haunt did not stop at the edge of the woods. Also new for 2015 is the haunt, Festival of Fear. Guests will explore the tortured world of rejected carnival misfits in 3-D. From clowns to demented sideshow freaks, the banished and forgotten carnival performers have banded together to treat guests to a new type of attraction – a sensory overload which will leave guests questioning what’s real and what’s not.

One of Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England’s most-feared and dreaded haunts, Brigham Manor – The Darkness, will be a whole new experience.

Brigham Manor sits dark, except for an eerie light which emanates from within. The notorious Bishop Family inhabited the manor and reigned terror on Litchfield for years. The story goes that some were killed in a bloody battle with the law – but it’s rumored a few may have survived. Have the survivors returned?

Many guests have tried to walk through Brigham Manor’s evil den, but few have made it. No lights, no help and nowhere to go but onward. Will this year’s guests meet the same fate of eternal darkness which has ensnared those before? Will anyone make it throughBrigham Manor – The Darkness?

Along the banks of the adjacent Merrimack River, The Colony – A New Breed is a labyrinth of chaos where guests run a very good chance of meeting unnatural beings looking for bodies to torture and souls to destroy. These trails of terror lead guests through the back woods of Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England where they soon discover what real fear feels like.

“People consider Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England the best and scariest haunted scream park in the region, and we are constantly looking for ways to amplify the experience,” said Accomando. “We made a significant investment in the attraction this year, and we believe people will not be disappointed – they will be genuinely terrified.”

Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England opens for the 2015 season Friday, September 25, and is open weekends and select weeknights through Saturday, November 7 – the traditional Light’s-Out event, which concludes the season.

Tickets for opening weekend are buy-one, get-one, and only available online; regular season tickets may be purchased online and on-site at the ticket booth.

Ticket prices for 2015 are:

General Admission: $39.99

VIP Admission: $64.99

Super VIP Admission: $79.99

Special event and group ticket pricing is available online at www.spookyworld.com and www.nightmarenewengland.com.

Parking: $5.00 (all parking proceeds benefit local charities)


Friday and Saturday nights: 6 to 11 p.m.

*The park will remain open one to two hours after the final ticket is sold.

Select Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday Nights: 6 to 10 p.m.


Spooky World Presents Nightmare New England is located at Mel’s Funway Park, 454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield.

For additional information, including special events and pricing, visit www.nightmarenewengland.com and follow on social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/NightmareNewEngland; Twitter: @SpookyWorld.

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Carol Robidoux

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Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!