Maris Farms: Harvest of Terror 2014

Posted in Halloween, Review, Uncategorized, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Because we enjoyed ourselves last year, my sister and I decided to attend Maris Farms Harvest of Terror in Buckely, WA again for this Halloween season. Needless to say it was a very different experience than the year before. You can read my review from last year here.

You might recall in that previous review I talked about how crowded the event was. Man, forget what I said! That’s nothing compared to arriving late on a Saturday evening! Parking was packed and the lines were ridiculously long. The ticket line stretched down the exit lane for traffic, which made things awkward for cars trying to leave and people waiting to get their tickets. It was enough to make my sister and I spring an extra $15 for the fast pass so we could skip the rest of the lines inside the event. It’s a wonder no one got run over.

One way to avoid this fiasco is to purchase your tickets online. Definitely something to consider if you can’t get there early.

If I come there again I won’t be making the same mistake. My advice? If you plan on going, do your best to go on a Friday or Sunday and get there early. Going early in the season doesn’t hurt either.

After we finally got our tickets, my sister and I decided to go through the monster safari first. Sis was really looking forward to shooting up the zombies again this year. However it was dark out and crowded, so we got ourselves pretty turned around and walked toward an unhaunted corn maze before we managed to correct our path. They either need to set up some larger, more legible signs or perhaps create a map.

The monster safari, where attendees get to shoot at zombies with paintballs,  has been expanded from last year, and I must say that the sets look better as well. Walk towards the safari and you’ll hear a mock emergency broadcast warning you about the zombie apocalypse. The main line had a screen playing scenes from the Dawn of the Dead remake. My favorite set while on the safari was the church/graveyard scene where an undead couple was getting married.

Many people complained that they ran out of paintballs halfway through the safari. This wasn’t a problem for me because Sis and I had both sprung $5 for extra and I conserved my ammo throughout. I even had some left over! If you plan on going through the safari definitely consider taking one of these two strategies.

We also stopped at one of the concession stands to get some water, but it took forever because there was only ONE person working at that particular stand. I felt somewhat sorry for that woman cooking, cleaning, and taking payments all by herself. While the ticket lines and the haunt itself are adequately staffed, they could really work on making sure all aspects of their event are covered to ensure a better experience.

After that we went through the haunted maze, skipping the line that was wrapping around the building. I enjoyed our walk through, even though we kept running into other people. This brought down the scare factor for me, but is was still entertaining to see people turn into total chickens.

Many of their set were rather impressive too.  There were several times that I blurted out a ‘whoa!’ at some the effects they pulled off. A toxic waste dump that glowed a bright green was our personal favorite.

Being an outdoor attraction, they’re not as technically proficient as Kitsap County Haunted Fairgrounds, but theirs is much longer to walk through and their creativity shows.

Overall my sister and I enjoyed our time at Maris Farms, but the event could be improved with better crowd management and clearer directions. The popularity of this event is clearly rising, so those who dislike crowds should arrive as early as possible, go on  off-peak days and consider buying their tickets online and/or paying for the express pass.

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Scary, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week’s video is a look into why people are so interested in the macabre. Perhaps it explains a lot about me? How about all of you?

Kitsap Coutnty Haunted Fairgrounds 2014

Posted in Halloween, Life, Review, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

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With the Halloween season in full swing, the haunted house attractions have returned! I always attend the Kitsap County’s Haunted Fairgrounds, and you can read last year’s review here.

This year follows a creepy New Orleans theme, complete with a crypts, clowns, and bayou full of swamp monsters with a running waterfall.  Many of the effects and set pieces are impressive to see and I love to find out what they will come up with next. KCHF has always been a technically impressive haunted attraction, especially in comparison to others in the Puget Sound area.

We arrived at the fairgrounds pretty early to avoid overcrowding. I tend to become annoyed when haunted attractions get too crowded and I run into or get lumped together with random strangers. It breaks the feeling of immersion for me and becomes much less scary. I suppose this could be a matter of preference, but if you feel the same way I’d recommend following my advice and arrive as early as possible.

The opening for this year’s event was a little underwhelming. You may recall that last year we were first ‘scanned’ to check for infections and went through a short maze with a man in a bio hazard suit yelling at us. That wasn’t the case this year, as the maze was barren of everyone but one old woman. I was somewhat disappointed.

That feeling quickly changed as we left the first barn and walked up the pathway to the next, as there were several lovely hearses parked for viewing! The best part was that their respective owners were there to greet people. We stayed there a little longer than most talking to the owners of each one, asking about the vehicles’ details and about how they acquired them. Some were even kind enough to let me climb into them for a closer look. I even had my picture taken lying in one! It makes me really want to get one for myself someday.

Last year, I had some slight complaints about one of the maze sections that made it a little hard to navigate. Fortunately that part’s been done away with and we had no problems making our way through. Although I did miss the skinless man I saw last year – his outfit was so cool!

There is one character form the 2014 haunt that sticks out in my memory. A creepy clown woman that we met in the black-lit area of the attraction. I caught her attention because my jacket really reacted to the lighting, and her dialogue really managed to freak my sister and I out. She got up so close to me that all I could really do was shut my eyes and hope she went away!

KCHF will be running every Friday and Saturday night throughout October, as well as November 1st. If you’re in the area, check it out!

 

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Animation, Death, Poetry, Uncategorized, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

This week our delve into the creepy part of YouTube takes us to a whimsical animated list of all kinds of things that will kill you. Someone working for CollegeHumor is very talented! Have a great weekend!

Jeff the Killer Reboot Part 2

Posted in Creepypasta, Family, Short Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

So here’s part two of the Jeff the Killer Reboot. I know it’s a long time coming, but I plan to keep this tale updated through October, so you can expect to see more. You can read part one here. Don’t be afraid to tell me what you think!

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“Hi, I’m Barbara!” she said, smiling cheerfully. Her white blouse ruffled in the early autumn breeze, along with her short, curly hair; a quaint, yet unremarkable appearance. As Jeff observed, he couldn’t help but think that this woman would be forgotten in seconds if, for some reason, she inexplicably disappeared.

“Just thought I’d stop by to introduce ourselves. This is my son-” She gave the boy a slight nudge, “Billy, say hi to our new neighbors.”

“Hi,” was all he bothered to say before weaseling out of his mother’s grip and running back across the street to play in his own yard.

“Oh! Well it’s wonderful to meet you,” Jeff’s mother replied with a warm smile. It seemed to Jeff she was putting on her charms already. Jeff picked up the last boxes and took them to the front porch before his mother’s pleasantries would make him want to vomit.

“So what do you think?” Liu asked as Jeff walked up the steps.

As Jeff set the boxes down, he turned and looked at his mother and the neighbor as they chattered like birds. “I think she’ll be the most popular woman in the neighborhood by the end of the week,” he said with a slight hint of sarcasm.

Liu snickered. “Always the optimist, huh?”

Liu’s grin didn’t last for long though, as they both overheard what the new neighbor had to say. “You know next weekend Billy’s going to be having a birthday party. Would you and your boys like to come?”

“Of course they would love to!” their mother exclaimed. “I bet they would love to meet all of Billy’s friends!”

The boys looked on bewildered. How could their mom be getting them into this nonsense? Still, neither had time to voice their objections.

Before long she had discussed the arrangements and said her goodbyes to the other woman. As she made her way back to the house Jeff and Liu were ready to give her a piece of their minds.

“Mom, what the hell?” Liu asked annoyed as they entered their new home. “Why’d you invite us to some little kid’s party?”

“Don’t ya think we’re a little too old to befriend that kid anyway?” Jeff added in agreement.

“Both of you stop complaining – and don’t use that word Liu!” their mother replied. Liu sighed and rolled his eyes.

Jeff’s mother stared he sons down as she made her point. “Boys, we just moved here; it’s important that we make a good first impression as soon as possible. More of our neighbors and other people in the community are likely going to be at that party. It’s vital that we all be there to show that we’re a good family. I’m not going to end up some kind of social pariah, and neither are the rest of you. We’re going to that party and that’s final.”

Neither son made an effort to reply. Living their entire lives with her, they knew when it was futile to argue when she was this determined. Liu turned went inside, slamming the door behind him. Jeff kept his head down and slowly followed.

“You’re going to be living here for a while guys,” she called after them. “You need to start fitting in!”

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Jeff plopped himself on his bed and stared at the ceiling for the longest time. Oftentimes, all he needed was a little peace and quiet to quiet his angry moods like the one he had right now, but this time the feelings lingered longer than he liked. When things were like this he could get himself into real trouble – the kind of trouble that his mother didn’t like discussing with others.

When he was a kid his moods were harder for him to control. Jeff’s dad once found several dead songbirds hidden in his sock drawer. That’s when he had to go see Dr. Radcliffe for a while. He didn’t want to repeat that experience anytime soon.

Luckily the mood soon abated and Jeff rose to finish unpacking his things. The work helped as well, and he became so engrossed in his task that he almost didn’t hear his mother call him for dinner.

 

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak Part 2

Posted in Dangerous Diseases, In the News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 7, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

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So it’s finally happened-Ebola has made it stateside (not counting the American aid workers of course). I would say I was disappointed, but I’m not all that surprised. At least the guy wasn’t contagious on the plane, otherwise I would really be worried.

Truth be told, this isn’t the first time Ebola has made it to our shores. In 1989, a strain that could only affect primates managed to come to Reston, Virginia through some imported lab monkeys. All the animals were eventually euthanized, but scientists had a deep concern that this strain could be airborne.

My sister has bought several gallons of bottled water, and wants to stock up on canned food if this situation gets any worse. Personally I think she’s being a little paranoid, but I haven’t complained because it can be used in general forms of disaster preparation.

This is because Ebola is rather hard to spread. People can only infect others when they’re symptomatic, and even then other people must come in contact with infected bodily fluids. This is why caretakers and healthcare workers are at the most risk, as they’re exposed more often. People who may have shared a plane or bus with an infected individual are much less likely to receive any level of exposure of any kind. Of course there’s always the possibility that Ebola could adapt and change to become a more communicable disease, but the chances of this occurring are rather low.  It’s so easy to spread in Africa because of cultural traditions around death and their unfortunate lack of infrastructure. African hospitals generally don’t have the training or resources to properly prevent the spread of disease.

I’m not just repeating what they say on the news either. To me, Ebola has been a fascinating disease since I was very young. I’ve been reading about it for about fifteen years or so. That certainly doesn’t make me an expert or anything, I’m just saying that what I’ve heard on the news is consistent with what I’ve learned over the years. I’m just glad that news outlets aren’t blowing this all out of proportion.

The weird thing about all this is that I’ve learned a lot about West Africa, and I now really want to go there someday. I really want to meet the people there – after this outbreak blows over of course.

Don’t Put the Toe Tag On!

Posted in Updates with tags , , on September 30, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

1324466798_toe_tag1It’s been forever since I posted anything! I just wanted to offer a quick update and let you all know I’m still alive and kicking. I started a new job recently and I’m going to become a Americorp volunteer very soon, so things have been very busy for me lately. No worries though! The Jeff reboot is still in progress and I’m nearly done with a scary story narration. With a little work and some luck it’ll be up Friday.

I’ve also bought Five Nights at Freddy’s! So you’ll see me posting about that soon. I plan on posting about another scary game called Neverending Nightmares; it seems very interesting!

The Halloween season is almost upon us as well, so I’ll be reviewing local haunted houses. Obviously there’s a lot more to come so stay tuned!

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