ABC57 Road Trip: Frightful fun at Hanna Haunted Acres
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Spooky season is underway and this time, our ABC57 Road Trip team wanted to get a scare of their own. They stopped by Hanna Haunted Acres, a family-owned attraction in Indianapolis that’s been around for three decades.
“My father, when he was first starting this out at 15 years old, he started as just a hayride with his parents and he’s expanded and grown over the past 30 years,” said Cole Waterman, the General Manager’s Assistant and the owner’s son.
The family-owned business sits on 60 acres of land in Indianapolis and features six different haunted attractions.
“You're going to get some of the gory bloody stuff, but you're also going to get some of the sneaky, like, a creepy demon thing, you know, but it's all specifically put forth for family,” explained the park’s General Manager, Patrick Houde.
From clowns, ghosts and underworld-themed haunted houses to a chilling corn maze, to frightening monsters roaming the park and the largest haunted hayride in all of Indiana, each experience provides a unique scare for all ages.
“I don't even know if they're going to make it through, but we’ll try,” said Marian Borondy, who came with her five and six-year-old grandsons.
Borondy is one of many families ABC57 spoke to at the haunted attraction who are passing down the tradition.
“I grew up right up the road, like five houses up the road and I brought their parents, so my kids, about 30 years ago. So, we've been coming here since the first year,” she said.
“I find it amazing, being back in Indiana myself and just seeing how this has grown was great,” added longtime visitor Christiaan Calvert.
Christiaan was at Hanna Haunted Acres with his entire family, including his dad Lemuel, who helped out at the park 30 years ago when it first got started.
Whether you’re a first timer or an old timer, the thrills never get old.
“It's a little scary but I think a little scariness sometimes, it's okay in this type of manner,” said Lemuel.
“I just want to say this is my first time being one of these and it's amazing,” added his granddaughter Cadence.
Despite the scare and screams, none of the monsters are allowed to touch you.
The family-friendly experience also features carnival games and local food vendors.
To plan a visit before the park closes for the season in early November, click here.