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Field of Screams Celebrates 25 Years of Fears

By Kelly Church

America's number one haunted attraction is Field of Screams, a Mountville, PA Halloween event with four attractions in the theme park. 2017 marked Field of Screams' 25-year anniversary and the creators of the attraction brought some serious fright.

"The owners and the staff at Field of Screams have a true passion to create the best scares, the best atmosphere and the best haunted attraction scenes found anywhere," co-owner Jim Schopf said. "They eat, sleep and breathe Halloween and all things scary."

Schopf is one half of the ownership of Field of Screams, the other half being his brother Gene. The pair grew up on their family's farm with an affinity for fear. Every year they turned the family barn into a haunted house. In 1993, they made their hobby a career choice and opened up Field of Screams.

"Field of Screams creates an entire haunted atmosphere," Schopf said. "From the moment you arrive, you are immersed in the creepy festive nature of Field of Screams. From the homespun carnival-style games, to the scary décor, guests feel like they have arrived at a haunted theme park."

In reality, guests are venturing through a cornfield, riddled with clowns giggling in the darkness and insane asylum patients are waiting "for their next victim." The four attractions include the Den of Darkness, Frightmare Asylum, Nocturnal Wasteland and the Haunted Hayride. Each give guests a different spooky experience.

"My personal favorite is the Haunted Hayride because [it] symbolizes the fall season and [that's what started Field of Screams]," Schopf said. "The Field of Screams hayride is full of immensely elaborate scenes and incredible special effects and is truly one-of-a-kind."

Field of Screams will be back in 2018 for an all new year of fear. The event typically runs on weekends during September, October and November. Visit fieldofscreams.com for more information.

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