Pumpkin Hollow spreads horror with haunted houses
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:10
What started as a farm in Piggott has now developed into an attraction that can bring up to 2000 guests on a single Saturday night. Pumpkin Hollow has become one of the biggest Halloween events in Northeast Arkansas, and it continues to grow every year.
“We were really worried about the location being so far out,” said co-owner, Ellen Dalton, who has owned the property since 1969.
The plan to transform her and her husband Darrell’s farm began in 1991, with a little help from Ellen’s brother-in-law. It was the very next year, after handing out fliers and doing minor advertisements, that schools started to make plans to bring their kids to the pumpkin patches. That first year also held a maze of hay bales, and it was the next year, 1993, that Pumpkin Hollow was officially established.
“I remember being able to play with the animals as a kid. I entered a chasing pig contest,” Erica Bearden, a freshman psychology major of Paragould, said. “You haven’t lived until you go through a corn maze there. My kids will definitely ‘live.’”
With such a large income of people, the tourism attraction started to add different features. The pumpkin patch still remains, but spookier Halloween-inspired events have joined Pumpkin Hollow, such as Bubba’s Butcher Barn, Frightmare Farmhouse and Forest of Fright. These haunted attractions comprise what is now known as Horror in the Hollow. These are all geared toward typically older crowds due to how scary they can be. More children’s activities have been added to the list as well, such as a kid’s barn, hay rides and pedal tractors.
Many college students have been to Pumpkin Hollow and continue to go every year.
“I was so scared going in that I actually ran the entire time. I caught up to the group that was five minutes ahead of us,” Alicia Sandage, a freshman radiology major of Benton, said. Sandage went to all three of the events of Horror in the Hollow.
“Actually, I had the opposite reaction,” Lindsey Lamb, a sophomore mid-level education major, said about last year’s journey to Horror in the Hollow. “My legs turned to noodles and I literally had to be carried out.”
There is food sold at concession stands in Pumpkin Hollow, and they do accept credit and debit cards. Tickets can either be purchased on site, or online at http://www.horrorinthehollow.com/online-tickets and range from $15-$25 for haunted night attractions. College students can even get coupons with a valid ID for a free hot dog and drink with ticket purchases.
Although there are many actors roaming around The Hollow, there is a “don’t touch us, we won’t touch you” policy that is enforced. Actors are instructed not to grab, strike, or intentionally push anyone.
“Family by day, fright by night,” Dalton said.
More information, tickets, pricing, directions and announcements can be found at their website: http://www.pumpkinhollow.com/ or on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PumpkinHollow