Chocowinity event kicks off another ghoulish season

Published 8:01 pm Friday, October 13, 2017



CHOCOWINITY — Ghosts, goblins and ghouls have taken up residence in an isolated section of woods at Chocowinity’s Raised in a Barn Farm.

The farm, owned by the Boahn family, begins its fourth season of Six Nights of Fright this weekend. Actually, this year’s installment has expanded to seven nights: Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21, Oct. 27-28 and Oct. 31. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chocowinity EMS.

“My goal has always been to become a professional haunt, and we are really amped up to become one of the best in eastern North Carolina,” said Mandie Boahn, who began the farm venture with her mother-in-law, Jane Boahn, in 2013. “It’s perfectly demented!”

Jane Boahn said the attraction’s special effects “are on a professional level” this year. Mandie Boahn and husband, Will, have attended workshops and conducted extensive research into what makes a haunted event truly spectacular.

This season’s Haunted Trail debuts what the Boahn family is calling “Ma’s Hellbilly Kitchen.” At their request, few details are being published in advance; let’s just say a visit to the kitchen is not for the faint of heart.

Joining the family are a dozen or more folks equally dedicated to staging the scariest Halloween attraction in these parts. The large cast insures there are surprises at every twist and turn along the trail.

Each night, the farm throws open the gates at 6 p.m. with entertainment and lots of good food, including seafood, barbecue, funnel cakes and other delights. But tours of the Haunted Trail won’t begin until nightfall, as is appropriate for those wishing to experience the full effect, and will run until midnight.

CORN MAZE: Brice Sosebee (left) and Carter Peele show off paraphernalia aimed to help them gather clues and complete the Farm Scene Investigation in Chocowinity. (Kevin Scott Cutler)

As part of the grand finale Oct. 31, the farm will host “Scaryoke,” a Halloween-style form of karaoke, as well as a costume contest beginning at 8 p.m.

The farm’s traditional corn maze is also up and running, according to Mandie Boahn.

“The maze is super-duper and is set up as a farm scene investigation this year,” she said. “Families can go through the maze looking for clues to solve the mystery. The maze is open the same nights as the Haunted Trail and also during the day for groups and field trips.”

For more information about Six Nights of Fright and other Halloween activities on the farm, visit the Raised in a Barn Farm page on Facebook or call 252-945-6153.

Raised in a Barn Farm is located on N.C. Highway 33, east of Chocowinity.