- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2014

The popular Olney Boys & Girls Community Sports Association’s annual Halloween fundraiser returns for its 14th season with a quartet of attractions sure to deliver goose bumps to visitors.

Set upon a massive 40 acres, the fun not only offers a selection of traditional scares but a calorie-burning experience for its visitors as they traverse through the grounds.

Of the four attractions, “Paintball, Apocalypse,” which is clearly the most distinct, offers an undead target range for its participants.

Warriors get into a double-decker steel trailer with guns mounted on both tiers. They receive 100 paintballs and a paintball gun as their weapon and are driven through a cornfield maze as they stop at multiple points to fend off hordes of zombies attacking the vehicle.

Other attractions include: “Hades Haunted Hayride,” which is not as bad as it sounds and actually is a more family friendly jaunt through a cornfield (still loaded with frights); the “Trail of Terror,” a walk through a ghoul-filled forest and cemetery; and “Lusion Manor,” an early 19th century orphanage harboring ghostly as well as bloodthirsty creatures, complete with a walk through the new embalming chamber.

Here’s some “Trail of Terror” advice: The 30-minute walk includes venturing up hills into some near-inescapable haunted shacks, and the finale features a slippery escape, all of which will be exhausting for girth-challenged individuals. Oh yeah, and tell the very cool trio of cackling witches huddled around a bubbling cauldron that Count Zad says hello.

Also, special to the “Field of Screams” grounds, cooing couples or adults waiting for the youngsters can sit on hay bails around a collection of bonfires in the main field. It offers a chance to take a breather, partake in building some s’mores (available at the concession stand) and reminisce about the experiences.

Fear factor (out of 5): 3.25 for adults and 3.75 for the older tween. Overall, adults won’t jump out of their shoes at the interactions, but the 11- to 14-year-old demographic will leave the field with a perpetual devilish grin on their faces. Specifically, Dan Dionisio, the volunteer chairman of the Olney youth organization, promises his “Field of Screams” will “scare but not scar.”

Hours: Gates open every Friday and Saturday (6:30 to 10 p.m.) and Sundays and Thursdays (6:30 to 9 p.m.) until Nov. 1. Events remain open until last ticketed customer leaves.

Price range: From $14 for individual attractions to $84 for a “Total Terror Pack” (look online for daily deal purveyors to find less wallet-bleeding pricing).

Website: www.screams.org

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