Nightmare causing scary zombies, monsters, creatures and clowns are terrifying people for a great cause. The East Route 66 Chapter of B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) second annual Haunted House & Haunted Hayride has returned to scare thrill seekers.
“We did this last year and had a good turnout. It was awesome,” organizer Craig Perry with B.A.C.A. said. “I think last year when it was all said and done we raised $3,500. We spent that much getting ready for it too, we had a bunch of rock hauled in and there were lots of different things we had to do to prepare the property. So, we’re ahead of it this year and can add more.”
The Haunted House & Haunted Hayride opened this past weekend as a fundraiser for the East Route 66 Chapter of B.A.C.A. The event received a rave response last year and this year Hideout Harley Davidson in Joplin, Missouri, jumped on board as sponsors to support the cause to add new thrills.
Gates open at 6 p.m. on nights of operation with the first Haunted Hayride beginning at sundown each night on Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27, Sunday, Oct. 28, Monday, Oct. 30 and on Halloween night Wednesday, Oct. 31. Admission is $10 per person and includes both attractions, the Haunted Hayride & Haunted House located at 919 Scenic Loop in Miami on East 110 Road and Fair Park Drive across from the Miami Girls Softball Park near the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.
The venue will be open rain or shine.
There are no age restrictions, Perry said, all children 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult and he cautioned parents should be certain that their child is mature enough to handle the intensity of the experience.
“We do everything for kids, this ain’t for kids, this a fundraiser,” Perry said. “Last year we had a grown up get in the middle of the hayride trailer and curl up in a ball. It lasts between 20 and 25 minutes.”
At Field of Screams, all the scares are intentional, rehearsed and well choreographed, but guests can get off the hayride or leave the haunted house anytime.
"Due to the intensity and fear factor of Field of Screams, those with weak hearts, health conditions, young children and pregnant women are advised to enter at their own risk,” Perry said. “We only take responsible for future nightmares. For your own well being, do not visit Field of Screams alone. Be sure that you are accompanied by friends, family and those you trust to keep you safe from the evils and the unknown contained within the haunted walls of this attraction and ride.”
“I’d say the first 90 percent of it is the hayride, and then we’ll drop them off and they’ll walk through a haunted house. Then we they go in the haunted house they’ll see all the movie characters like Jason, Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, all that stuff’s in the haunted house. Out in the field are ghouls and goblins and a bunch of zombies, and then they’ll go into clown town, and then werewolves and witches,” Perry said. “Every year we add to it. We took the donations we get like from Hideout Harley and buy more costumes and stuff like that.”
Perry said it takes at least 50 volunteers and B.A.C.A. bikers to run the Haunted Hayride & Haunted House.
The proceeds are used by East Route 66 Chapter of B.A.C.A. to raise awareness of child abuse and to buy B.A.C.A. vests and gifts for the children they serve. The chapter currently has 22 members and has been serving the Miami area‘s children for nine years.
“In our organization we don’t take dues, like most motorcycle organizations, we just donate our time, and do fundraisers. This is one of our main fundraisers we do,” Perry said. “ We do one big one that way we get enough funds to run throughout the year and do awareness and go to schools and stuff.”
Perry said the organization tried to keep the Field of Screams fundraiser affordable as most haunted houses and trails charge more.
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children and to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. These bikers stand ready to lend support, and work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children.
The organization’s mission statement says, “We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.”