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Haunted Orchard returns for 6th year

With five seasons now under their belt, Brookside Fruit Farm owners John Fout and Chad Anderson have learned a thing or two about what customers expect in a haunted trail walk.

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ABOVE: A ghoul creates sparks on a chain link fence as a Michael Myers character brandishes a chainsaw to scare visitors at this year’s Brookside Fruit Farm’s Haunted Orchard near Zanesfield. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Participants in Brookside Fruit Farm’s Haunted Orchard dress as zombies to scare visitors.(EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

Over the years, their Haunted Orchard has grown from a walk through the orchard with random scares and a few scenes to a more involved experience that now includes 1,500 square feet of covered mazes and 30-plus actors, the owners say.

“After six years, you get a little more knowledgeable about what works and what doesn’t,” Mr. Fout said. “In years past we would have people out in the open scaring people, but now it is a lot of scene setup. It’s just the evolution of the event.”

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