By Melissa Lindley
Halloween can be a tricky time of year for college students. They might feel a little too old to go trick-or-treating, too broke to shell out for a fancy haunted house or too lazy to prep for a costume party after a week of midterms. However, they might not want to spend the night at home watching Hocus Pocus on the Disney Channel either. If you are looking for a good scare, tasty food and low-maintenance planning, Field of Terror is the perfect place to get social and indulge in the spirit of Halloween.
Located on K&S Farms in a rural section of East Windsor, N.J., Field of Terror provides the ideal setting for spooks in cornfields and forests. Actors lurk in the shadows, but come out to scare unsuspecting guests and step out of character to mingle with them.
Aside from the Halloween-themed entertainment, the farm has DJs, dancing, a bonfire, photo booths, psychics, homegrown produce and a food court with everything from cheesesteaks to deep-fried Oreos. The featured attractions include a zombie hayride, a haunted school bus, a scary cornfield maze and two haunted houses.
Military couple Amanda Mack of Augusta, Ga., and Andrew Mack of St. Louis, Mo., seemed very satisfied with their choice to attend.
“The corn maze was very long,” Amanda Mack said. “I was totally freaked out by a couple of things.”
Andrew thought that the food court and atmosphere were well worth the price.
“The fact that the actors come around and take pictures is pretty cool, and the caramel apples are pretty good,” Andrew Mack said. “It’s definitely worth the bang for your buck. I’d definitely come back.”
For those who scare a little too easily and prefer to sit out on the frights, the farm has a section called Sunshine Acres, with family-friendly activities such as a hayride, flashlight maze and pumpkin picking.
Admission is $15 for one attraction, or attendees can be admitted to two, three, or all four attractions for $25, $35 and $40 respectively. VIP passes can also be purchased to avoid long lines on crowded evenings. Parking at the farm is free, and cards and cash are accepted as payment at the attractions and food court. An ATM is available for use on the premises. Guests have the choice to purchase tickets ahead of time on the website or purchase admission tokens at the ticket booth.
Long lines and packed parking lots did not seem to deter guests from having a good time.
Farm owner Sharon Kyle can be found greeting incoming guests and assisting workers who are selling produce in the barn entrance. She has been very happy about the turnout that the farm has had over the last few years. Both the farm and Halloween events, she said, are fairly new, but she encourages those who are interested to stop by.
“If they’re looking for a fun night out, it’s a good atmosphere for the Halloween season,” Kyle said.
Printed in the 10/23/13 edition.