ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE HORROR HOTHOUSE REVIEW
You might be surprised to know this, but we at Horror Hothouse might not be as brave as you think. Situated just outside of London is a place that, at the mere mention of the name, makes us both quiver and feel sick to our stomachs. That place is Tulley’s Farm- or more specifically, Shocktober Fest at Tulley’s Farm. You may have guessed it from the name; Shocktober Fest takes places during the autumn and is the UK’s largest and best voted Halloween event (Screamie Awards). The concept is this; take a farm, install several ‘haunted’ and downright terrifying attractions, throw in a few creepy live action horror actors and let’s call it a party!
We thought about it in 2010, but we finally made it there in 2011- and we’re really glad we did. We realised just how much of a scardy-cat we both were, but we also learned that Emma could become quite the final girl when push came to shove and that Luke might be more suited to being one of the actors than the guests.
Tulley’s has transformed itself in to the favourite, or pretty much only, bonafide Halloween attraction in the UK over the past 15 years. At first they began with a very basic version of a haunted house, The Creepy Cottage, in 1997. They converted an old 16th Century barn into a small walkthrough haunted house. As popularity spread they added the Haunted Hayride, a wagon ride that goes deep into the depths of the woods, in the dark, in the night ( guess the quote),and passes 20 different scenes of terror – all complete with live actors. Then came the Field of Screams (it contains ghostly children in a cornfield, needless to say Emma shot that idea in the foot before Luke even suggested it), It’s Curtain Maze with it murdering clowns, The Haunted Cellar and Hell-Ements. The last of which is certainly not for the faint hearted. Could you think of anything worse than having a woollen bag put over your head whilst maniacs and ghosts come at you from every angle? No ta.