RESPONDING to an increase in demand for all things ghoulish and ghostly, a Scottish farm is following in the footsteps of an all-American craze by staging a three-day ‘fright farm’ experience over Hallowe’en weekend, later this month.
Muddy Boots Farm, in Balmalcolm in Fife, started their scary Hallowe’en experience a couple of years ago, taking an unusual approach to their, normally pleasant, customer service by creating a series of attractions that cause fright, fear and panic among their visitors.
Normally a small event run for local customers, the demand for their farm-based ghostly goings on has risen steadily and this year the family-run farm expect hundreds of visitors from all over Scotland to make the journey to Fife to feel the fear.
The two sisters behind the business, Moira and Treina Samson, explained why: “So much of Hallowe’en is either aimed at the very young children, such as guising, or the much older ‘children’, such as Hallowe’en Fancy Dress parties.
“There’s not much going on for the teenagers and young adults who like to have just as much ghostly fun as the next person! We’d both heard of the fright farm experiences in the USA and loved the idea and thought it would work really well in Scotland.
“The fright farm experience is perfect for that age group – it plays with their imaginations and, like it or not, young people are pre-disposed to be fascinated with all things haunted and frightening.”
Refusing to be drawn on whether the farm really was haunted, they commented:
“The farm has been in our family for several generations… perhaps it might be.”
With five attractions to make their way round, visitors will have the opportunity to navigate an outdoor Panic Line, test their senses in the Pitch Black experience, face the scary clowns, brave a haunted walk in the wild and even visit the hospital from hell.
Hallowe’en is increasingly big business for Britain. Since 2001 there has been a 23 fold increase in spend on Hallowe’en in the UK, rising from just £12 million to £280 million in 2010. The occasion now sits firmly behind Christmas and Easter as the UK’s third most popular festival, outselling the more romantic Valentine’s Day and the hugely popular Mother’s Day.
Muddy Boots is the first farm in Scotland to be offering the genuine fright farm experience.
For more information and to buy tickets visit www.scotlandsfrightfarm.com
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