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Haunterview: Demon Acres 2019

10/24/19

The brainchild of Terry Royce, a former scare-actor at the now defunct Screamers Hollow at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, Demon Acres is a growing force to be reckoned with. Mr. Royce built the attraction entirely from the ground up, giving him the flexibility to create things exactly as he envisioned in his twisted mind (that's a compliment), and you can't argue with the results.

After parking at Demon Acres you make your way down a long dimly-lit road into the bowels of an enveloping dark forest. Sounds of screams in the distance hint to what awaits, as your blood pressure rises, approaching the end of the road. Upon scanning the surroundings it's easy to see why people love Demon Acres. So deep in the middle of the woods, a bustling community of thrill-seekers enjoy stalk-around monsters, a food-court, a bonfire, and even a stage for live entertainment!

One of our favorite attractions at Demon Acres is their Demon's Den haunted house. The Demons Den is reminiscent of a real shack, or cabin deep in the woods, possibly residence to a reclusive off-the-grid mad man… or the Unabomber! Rough cut lumber lines the exterior and walking to and from the haunted house, the design maximizes all of the elements of nature. You never know what lurks among those trails or foot bridges over water.

At the risk of being redundant with what we've said in the past, The Hayride at Demon Acres is absolutely one of the best we've ever experienced. Their close-up scenes and thoughtful design makes it possible to get actual scares on a hayride. This is a challenge that many hayrides simply don't rise to. For all of the theatrical planning and prop design, a haunted attraction without scares is always a dud. Demon Acres has no problem in this department. This year their hayride is even larger.

We caught up the the HDIC (Head Demon in Charge) to bring you the current low-down on what's poppin' at one of CNY's favorite attractions...