- Country singer Tim McGraw not sorry for slapping female fan: ‘Things happen’
- Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks
- White House takes credit for drop in unaccompanied children at border
- International crises be damned, Obama’s fundraising trip must go on
- Friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty of impeding probe
- Train with MH17 plane crash bodies leaves rebel town in Ukraine
- Half of Colorado voters are OK with Hobby Lobby decision, poll shows
- HIV-killing condom to soon hit shelves in Australia
- Estonia pulls plug on Steven Seagal over praise for Putin
- Lawyer: Pelvic exam pics cost Hopkins $190 million
Scream therapy: Maryland’s Creepywoods offers a Halloween haunt
Question of the Day
KINGSVILLE, Md. — Grant Nelson attends the Community College of Baltimore and works as a physical therapy technician. He’s also a werewolf.
Alexis Blake handles inside sales and customer service for a manufacturer’s representative company and has a 16-year-old son. By night, she’s a witch.
Six years ago, the couple opened Creepywoods on farmland off Interstate 95, about 30 minutes north of Baltimore. Though it shares property with a pumpkin patch and a farmer’s market, once visitors enter the haunted forest, the surrounding area — including the din of nearby traffic — disappears into the darkness.
“People show up to be frightened,” Mr. Bennett said. “They come out and have fun and get lost in the story. It’s fun to see people get scared.”
“I thought, this is not a real job,” she said with a grin.
About 13 years ago, the Bennetts created their first haunted site, Bennett’s Curse in Jessup.
“It was an exciting time and it was a scary time.” Mr. Bennett said. “We were still pretty young and we were trying to create something high-quality.”
The premise of this season’s story at Creepywoods, like the ones before it, Mr. Bennett said, “is death.”
Early settlers, confronted by an uncontrollable number of their villagers dying off, attempt black magic to bring their loved ones back to life, but only create trouble for the village and forest.
“It’s scary — not vulgar or obscene,” Mr. Bennett said. “We listen to customers, try to live up to their expectations and exceed them. We try to get better than the year before.”
Torches light the way for visitors along the dirt path as they make their way through the woods. The first stop they’ll have to brave is the witch’s shack, where Ms. Blake “greets” her victims.
“Depending on my mood — and their mood — they might get chased to the next building,” Ms. Blake said. “For us, we do develop a way to feel the audience. You don’t go after the people who are terrified, but the people who scream and laugh and jump and run.”
Ms. Blake grew up in Baltimore and said she’s “always been a horror fan — scary stories, anything in that vein.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- Humanists seek support from Congress on military chaplains
- Islamic State's threats on Christians used to win support of Muslims
- Higher Ground: Urban Outfitters in hot water over deity duvet
- U.S. firefighters, emergency responders volunteer to help in Israel
- Church of England allows female bishops
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- Edward Snowden to work with Russia on anti-spy technology
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- More immigrants deported from New Mexico center
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- Ron Paul: U.S. partly to blame for Malaysia Airlines disaster
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- Pro-Russia rebel commander suggests passengers died days before Malaysian flight
- Vladimir Putin pressured to aid Ukraine plane crash probe, rein in rebels
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq