What Precautions We Are Taking to Make Your Visit Safe!
The differences between our attraction and other large venues and gatherings, much as movie theaters and concerts, are very important – especially during this time of COVID.
These differences include:
- Event and Venue capacity are easily reduced and managed using TIMED TICKETING and VIRTUAL QUEUE to allow for appropriate Social Distancing.
- Guest exposure is limited. For the most part, guests are moving throughout the Attraction. You are only seated on the cart with members of the group you came with. You will be socially distanced from others.
- Most groups of Attendees are made up of close family members or other who usually live in the same household or share the same social bubble. These groups do not have to maintain strict social distance from each other.
- This season we are using TIMED TICKETING and a VIRTUAL QUEUE line program. This will allow us to manage social distancing groups safely and efficiently. You can purchase tickets online or onsite, but you will want to PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS EARLY. Our tickets are LIMITED to 50% normal capacity. We will sell out of tickets for certain time slots. Be sure to buy all your tickets at once to assure that all your group members can attend at the same time.
- Being an all outdoor attraction is a plus for Fear on the Farm. Contact tracing has shown that COVID-19 is contracted less from being outdoors around others than being inside. Tickets will be sold in 30 minute time slots. Each slot has a limited capacity.
- You will need to arrive at the farm and remain in your vehicle during your chosen time slot. When you park, one of our attendants will give you (and they will be posted) a QR code for our virtual queue line. On this site, you will enter your contact information and the number of guests in your party. This site will send you a message letting you know that you are checked in. You will then wait in your car.
- When we have room on the property for you, you will be sent another text message, directing you to report to the Check-In tent. At the tent, you will have your temperature taken and be given a wristband. Then, you will directed to the ride line.
- In the ride line, distances will be clearly marked for your safety. All entrants must wear a mask and have their wristband affixed to their person.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been placed at various locations. Signs are posted to educate guests on how to stay safe at the attraction. Masks are mandated. No mask, no ride.
- We have removed all high contact areas, such as squeeze rooms and claustrophobic areas. Staff will be regularly sanitizing all high volume areas. Carts will be sanitized after every wagon load.
- Staff in the ticket booth, queue line area, and front of the line staff will all be wearing PPE equipment.
- Our actors are all doing their make ups at home, using their own kits. All costumes are assigned to one actor. Staff temperatures are checked every night when they sign in and check out. Members of our management team have completed state mandated (DESE) COVID training. Actors have been trained on socially distance scaring.
We have tried to do everything in our power to make your annual, traditional visit to Fear on the Farm at McCray’s Farm as safe as possible. We are recommending that high risk, elderly, and health compromised individuals sit out the attraction this year for their safety and everyone else’s.
Our staff is extremely excited to be able to provide you with as safe and socially distance a scare experience as possible. We look forward to seeing you some night on the Farm!
Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!
What started as a crazy idea has turned into the annual attraction that everyone is Western Massachusetts is talking about. In 1991, at the age of 25, Dan Augusto set about trying to turn his lifetime fascination into a profitable business. Dan loves Halloween. Dan loves building things. Most of all, Dan likes to entertain people. He thought that if he could combine all three, he could be on to something. Dan took his idea to places where he thought his idea might find an audience. Everyone said no, except farmer Don McCray of South Hadley. Don decided that he would let Dan try his “crazy idea”. Don McCray did not think this idea was going anywhere, but he liked the young kid’s passion and enthusiasm. He gave the kid the free reign to use the land and tractors as he needed.
with plenty of safe, free parking!
So Dan and his crew set about creating scenes and planning how to best use the acres of McCray farmland to their advantage. Every scene that first year was built from scratch in backyards or on sight. The masks and costumes were from Dan’s personal Halloween collection. This homemade haunted hayride was named the Monster Mash Haunted Hayride and launched Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October vowing to scare every night, weather permitting, “until the last rider runs screaming.”
That first October, people came for their first visits out of curiosity. They came back for their second and third trips because they enjoyed the scares. By the third weekend, the farm ran out of room to park all the cars of customers who were coming in. The attraction has been growing ever since. The Monster Mash Haunted Hayride at McCray’s became the place to be on weekends in October. Every year, we add more and more to the attraction, scenes get scarier and more interactive, and more and more customers flock to the little farm in South Hadley to be scared.
Dan took the 2004 season off, due to personal reasons. Despite this, he worked hard to keep the tradition of the Haunted Hayride going. He lent equipment and talent to Doug McCray, Don’s grandson, and a friend, who enthusiastically carried on the show in Dan’s absence that year. Since that season and Don’s passing, two new generations of McCray: Don’s son, Steve, who now runs the farm and Doug, who builds and creates alongside Dan, have been partnered with Dan as they bring scary entertainment to new generations. We are now scaring young and old alike. Generations pass on word to others, just as the scare business passes into a new generation.
From that first season of a shoestring budget, volunteer actors and a personal loan, the Monster Mash Haunted Hayride at McCray’s Farm has grown into the largest and most talked about Haunted attraction in Western Massachusetts. As we prepare for our 24th Anniverscary season, we promise you that this season will be even better than last. We are constantly on the hunt for new and better props, costumes and scares.