Sowing the Seeds of Fear at Cox Farms

BY Tom LeGro  October 29, 2010 at 3:01 PM EST

Come October, bloodcurdling screams and fear-induced laughter start coming out of haunted houses all over the United States. The Haunted House Association (yes, it exists) estimates that 500 of those attractions are on farms, offering farm owners an opportunity to supplement income and provide thrill-seekers with hair-raising corn mazes, hayrides and other Halloween entertainment.

But what does it take to actually set up a haunted park? Black robes, extension cords and a troupe of actors who have the pipes for screaming and a sensitivity to all things spooky. Lucas Cox-Galhotra,director of operations at Cox Farms in northern Virginia, shared tips for putting on a good scare and gave us a tour as employees set up for “Fields of Fear.”