A doctor who has gone mad and in need of a patient roams Old Scream Road during the October 2012 annual Barfield Bash in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Residents are invited to make plans to take a trip to the Old Scream Road for a haunting good time this week at Barfield Crescent Park.
For those who are bit squeamish, take in the Not So Haunted Hayride or enjoy the Spooking Night Carnival.
Sponsored by the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department, the 12th annual Barfield Bash is four nights of fun at the park, located on Veterans Parkway.
The Haunted Hayride along Old Scream Road is the main attraction of the four-day event.
The idea for the scary venture originated when there was a need to build an access road for the disc golf course located at the park, according to city officials.
“While there was very little funding, we were able to combine the two projects and get both programs funded,” said Thomas Laird, athletic superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department. “The city was already doing a Halloween event at Cannonsburgh, but it conflicted with Harvest Days. With the help of several creative minds, the Barfield Bash was created. We moved the Halloween events to the park, which gave us more room for the carnival, Not So Haunted Hayride along with the Old Scream Road.”
It takes several days of work for the Parks and Recreation Department to construct and set up the trail, he added.
“The Not So Haunted Hayride is for the small children, and by doing so, we feel that we can make the haunted trail as scary as possible,” Laird said. “The volunteer actors give it all they have to make it the most frightening experience possible.”
The Haunted Hay ride runs Wednesday, Oct. 23, through Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at dark and ending at 9 p.m. with a cost of $5 a person. The Not So Haunted Hay ride is Friday and Saturday night with a cost of $3 a person, while the Spooky Carnival also is on Friday and Saturday night and will offer plenty of games and contest for all ages beginning at 5 p.m.
“We have a lot to offer the community with the Barfield Bash,” he said. “It is a very inexpensive fun time for the entire family, from the kids to the adults. It will be a great event, and we will look forward to seeing you there.”