ScreamAcres: Pandemonium and frightWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaders Family Farms, just west of Napoleon, provides enough attractions and activities to keep a family busy all afternoon and evening. It’s hard to believe that Brad and Kristin Leaders have day jobs.
Boasting two haunts — ScreamAcres and The PanDEMONium Project — a world-class corn maze and dozens of activities for younger guests, Leaders Family Farms becomes a true family destination in the fall.
ScreamAcres is consistently growing each year, Kristin said.
“This year we renovated about 90 percent of ScreamAcres. Brad has been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week for the last four months,” she said.
The improvements include new water features, an improved use of space and new disorienting mini corn mazes between haunts.
“We’ve also put in our own petting zoo and minigolf this year,” Kristin said. “We also have a new pumpkin cannon.”
The truck-mounted cannon shoots 10-pound pumpkins more than 2,000 feet. According to Brad, “Those are big pumpkins, so when you shoot them into the woods you can just watch them the whole time. It’s like they hang in the air forever.”
Petting zoos and other attractions aside, what makes Leaders Family Farms special are ScreamAcres and PanDEMONium two haunts that are immense in size, scale and production quality.
ScreamAcres gets your heart pumping from the start. Not content with just jump scares, the ScreamAcres actors have begun to use new techniques that let them come from out of nowhere. Whether it is a freak running on the walls or ghastly monsters reaching down at you from the ceiling, you never know where the next scare will come from.
As the haunts combine tremendously dark spaces with brilliant use of light and sound, it’s easy to find yourself misdirected. What’s most effective is the space in between the buildings that make up ScreamAcres. Eerily quiet paths in the corn lead to moats, junkyards and graveyards. These bits of quiet only add to the visceral tension that ScreamAcres creates.
Not to be outdone, PanDEMONium is on the cutting edge of haunt technology. Set in an overrun mental asylum, PanDEMONium employs air, water spray and television monitors to create a very high quality scare.
The best thing about PanDEMONium is the immersion. While guests wait in line, TV monitors run a newscast discussing the events at the asylum before the emergency broadcast system takes over and they’re shoved into the carnage.
Amazing actors, masterful makeup and well-crafted rooms create a haunt that even the biggest enthusiasts will want to revisit.
Visit screamacres.com for more information.