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Monsters, Goblins and Zombies Galore at Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa

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Double M Haunted Hayrides: An Annual Tradition

It Must Be Halloween: Double M Haunted Hayrides

Double M Haunted Hayride in Ballston Spa. Photo Courtesy of Double MIf you want to experience something really scary this Halloween, go to Double M Haunted Hayrides. Visitors ride for 40 minutes on tractor-drawn hay wagons that go through a trail, which takes them deep into the woods.

Strange horror scenes, dark places that resemble spills of a creepy, deranged mind and gruesome events unfold before the eyes of the crowd. Monsters, crazy mountain men with chain saws, zombies, ax murderers, and psychos like Jason, Freddy and Leatherface come out of the dark to say hello.

It doesn’t get any more in-your-face than a crazy farmer with blood and gore splattered across his flannel shirt, waving a pitch fork in the faces of those unfortunates that arrived late.  They’re forced to sit at the end of the wagon in the back, where it is by far the scariest. Unlike many theme-parks that want visitors to wait in line, Double M uses a system for crowd control by requiring reservations. They want you to call and book a reservation.

There are live actors, cool special effects and mechanical scares with real props like the single-engine airplane, suspended high in the trees, and clunky living room checkered-print furniture that throws visitors back to the 60s.

In previous years, George Bush and Bill Clinton were seen, bopping each other on the head with big long sticks. This election season, President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are bound to make an appearance.

“We work hard each year to add many new features, we mark this year with some extra-sensational, super-scary highlights,” said Leo Martin, founder of Haunted Hayrides, “After the Hayride, our guests enter the Zombie Outbreak, leading into the newly constructed Psycho Path, an in-your-face haunted walk. From there, they’ll scream and laugh their way through The Scare House, which we’ve made bigger and scarier than ever.”

Located adjacent to the Double M Western & Feed Store on Route 67, one mile west of Exit 12 off Interstate 87, the Haunted Hayride has been around for 22 years. Martin grew up in his parents’ Western store.  He started the Haunted Hayrides with them, which was part of a franchise operation based in Syracuse, during the freshman year in college in 1991.

The franchise dissolved in 1995, but Martin continued to build the business into what it is today. Approximately 20,000 people visit each year.

“I created our current haunted cowboy host, Scary Harry, to tie into my parents’ western-themed store,” Martin said. “He’s proven popular with our customers ever since.”

Martin and his wife Jennifer stay current with the latest innovations and scary technology by attending haunted industry trade shows. “We always bring something new to our Haunted Hayrides every Halloween season,” Jennifer said, who enjoys attending the Transworld Halloween & Attracts Show in St. Louis.

It is there that the Martins’ get new ideas on lighting, make-up and test new props, and animation to give the crowds colder chills and bigger goose-bumps.

For more information about Double M Haunted Hayrides in Ballston Spa, visit or call 884-9122 to make reservations.

Diana Denner is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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