Farmhouse fright nights: Free, family-friendly haunted barn to bring smiles, scares

LORANE – For fans of Halloween events who are looking for affordable frights, The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane may be a perfect fit.

Shauna Doughty, the owner of The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane, said the event started as just something fun for family and friends, “and then it just got kinda big.”

The haunted barn experience is geared toward kids, as there are no satanic or super gory decorations, but it’s meant to be fun for the whole family. It can take a group anywhere from less than 10 minutes to about 20 minutes to make it through the haunted barn – depending on how scared the group is and how eager they are to escape.

The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane will be open Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 27-28 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at 80421 Old Lorane Rd.

The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane’s rooms from 2022. This year, there will be seven rooms; owner Shauna Doughty said she likes to change the themes up every year so repeat attendees won’t know what to expect.

After pulling onto Old Lorane Road, The Haunted Barn of Old Lorane will be easy to spot with its blow ups and decorations. Parking is in a field, and parking attendants will be available to direct traffic.

According to Doughty, the event’s $0 price tag is a massive perk for many people who want something fun to do for Halloween but may not have the luxury of spending money on nonessential outings.

“We don’t do it for money or anything like that,” Doughty said. “We just have all the stuff and decided to do something fun for the community with it.”

Those who go to the event are able to donate, though, to support the cost of supplies like candy and batteries for the animatronics. People are also welcome to bring those items as donations.

Doughty said people can go through the Haunted Barn as many times as they’d like and that there will be photo opportunities, outdoor games, fire pits, and Halloween movies. There will be popcorn and drinks like hot chocolate and apple cider in addition to candy.

As it’s the event’s fourth year providing smiles and screams, the event has improved the haunted house, expanding with extra rooms. Doughty said some rooms always remain the same, like the witches’ cabin and the toxic spill room, but others have new themes each year to keep people on their toes. One new addition will be the maze room: a room people will have to expertly find their ways out of.

“We like to make sure that we mix it up a little bit,” Doughty said.



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