Hauntworld releases it’s 2017 Top 13 Scariest Haunted Houses in America

#6 Haunted Overload – Lee, New Hampshirewww.hauntedoverload.com:  Haunted Overload has that name for a reason. Over-the-top gigantic, original set designs propel this haunt into a class of its own. Described as The Ultimate Halloween Experience, Haunted Overload seeks to give its loyal fans an all-out assault on their senses. Immersing them in a traditional Halloween themed environment like no other.

Hundreds of hand carved Jack-O-Lanterns light the way through massive looming faces and creatures—and that’s just the queue! Patrons will encounter terror around every twist in the wooded trail. Intense sound, professional actors, mind-blowing costumes, creative lighting and dense fog all come together in the New England forest to make it an unforgettable experience.

Haunted Overload can be found every year on various best haunts lists both nationally and internationally and won the grand prize on The Great Halloween Fright Fight on ABC. At the end of the 2014 season, they hosted guests from the entire haunt industry on the Legendary Haunt Tour. It has been featured on the Weather Channel, NH Chronicle, Haunters The Movie, and even an upcoming coffee table book titled HAUNT. Every year the dedicated Haunted Overload crew works tirelessly to improve the experience and takes each added scene to unimagined new heights—literally as well as figuratively.

Scenes like the Victorian-themed Abaddon Hall and giant Sinister Circus stun patrons with their detail. Many surprises await fans for Haunted Overload’s 10th year of fear anniversary this season. Haunted Overload is partnered with the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and gives a percentage of its proceeds to help local animals. It’s located at DeMeritt Hill Farm, a traditional stop for apple picking, blueberries, pumpkins and home-made goodies from the farm store. The farm also offers seasonal holiday hayrides and classes.

You can find the entire 2017 list from hauntworld here.


Seacoast Scene – Fall for Fests

Pumpkinfest at DeMeritt Hill Farm

DeMeritt Hill Farm is proud to be included in the most recent issue of Seacoast Scene (10/5/17).  DeMeritt Hill Farm is dedicated to all things pumpkin on Sunday, Oct 8 and M0nday, Oct 19.  The fruit and vegetable farm specializes in the pick-your-own experience where guests can go into the fields and find the produce they want, right off the plant.

Pumpkinfest celebrates the theme of doing it yourself with pumpkin patches open throughout the day and pumpkin themed events for families.  Organizer Meg Wilson said in an email that picking your own pumpkins as a child is a memory she wants to give others.

“Pumpkinfest is specifically geared toward children and families.  We remember the joy of hunting and finding just the right pumpkin to decorate and that is why we offer an expanded pick your own pumpkin field,” Wilson wrote.

The two pumpkin patches equal five acres and are overflowing with orange during the fall season, according to Wilson.  The field has pumpkins ranging from 1 to 100 pounds.

Guests can search all day for the pumpkin that’s right for them, and once they’ve found it they have a few choices.  The can play a game where they guess the weight of their pumpkin and earn bragging rights if they guess correctly.  They can also decorate their pumpkin with paint and other crafts at the art table.

Guests who are particularly proud of their painted pumpkins can enter them into the pumpkin painting contest.  The winner will be featured on the farm’s website and have the option of having their pumpkin as part of Pumpkin Alley, an areas of the farm’s Haunted Overload.

“Pumpkin Alley features about 500 carved pumpkins of different shapes and sizes”, said Wilson.

Other pumpkins are used for ingredients in the farm’s commercial kitchen.  Wilson said they use the pumpkins for baked goods including pies, cookies and pumpkin bread.  This years, there is an expanded menu of gluten-free baked goods.

Wilson said that the festival is in its eighth year of operation and has grown every year it’s been held.  The farm is expanding its pumpkin fields to accommodate the increasing number of customers and they are working to add more pick your own pumpkin fields in the future.

There will also be Halloween Storybook hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo and a bounce house throughout the harvest season.

“My favorite aspect of Pumpkinfest is seeing families return each year making a tradition out of visiting the farm.  It’s fun to watch children grow up each year and pick the perfect pumpkin.” said Wilson.

Check out the article here https://issuu.com/seacoastscene/docs/sea_171005_000book

Haunted Overload Earns 2017 Top Fan Voted “Must See” Haunt

#1 Haunted Overload – Lee, New Hampshirewww.hauntedoverload.com:  Haunted Overload has been named by www.thescarefactor.com as the 2017 “Must See” Haunted Attraction in New Hampshire.  Over the past summer, thescarefactor.com hosted their second annual nation-wide poll, where haunted house-goers could vote for their favorite “Must-See” haunted attractions in New Hampshire.

Haunted Overload is celebrating 10 years of fear for 2017! They offer 3 levels of terror to accommodate to all audiences. Haunted Overload is known for their amazing sets and giant monsters that they build, with some of them reaching upwards of 34 feet tall!

Seacoast Scene – Bountiful Blues

DeMeritt Hill Farm is proud to be included in the most recent issue of Seacoast Scene (7/27/17).  It’s Blueberry picking time and what better place to pick blueberries than at DeMeritt Hill Farm?  Our blueberry patches are located with great views of the pond!

There are so many reasons to enjoy ripe blueberries all summer.  Ryan talks about the health benefits that blueberries provide along with growing them and how you can get started growing in your own backyard.  If you don’t have a chance to make it to the farm in August to pick your own, you can also enjoy them in our homemade pies and breads.

Check out the article https://issuu.com/seacoastscene/docs/sea_170727_000book

Hauntworld releases it’s 2016 Top 13 Scariest Haunted Houses in America

hauntworld#10 Haunted Overload – Lee, New Hampshirewww.hauntedoverload.com:  Haunted Overload is a haunt like no other. Described  as The Ultimate Halloween Experience, it blends spectacular handmade sets and oversize creatures with lush sound, lighting and award-winning costumes for a terrifying experience that is utterly unique. Haunted Overload can be found every year on various best haunts lists both nationally and internationally, and in 2014 won the grand prize on America’s Great Halloween Fright Fight on ABC. in 2015 it was listed as Hauntworld’s #1 haunt. Set in an eerie forest in New England, it brings to life the true feel of vintage Halloween terror.

Every Halloween the dedicated Haunted Overload crew creates entirely new twists to its trails, and takes each added scene to unimagined heights. Last year the Victorian-themed Abaddon Hall stunned patrons with its detail. In 2016, its incredibly over-the-top Sinister Circus will give horrifying new meaning to the term “Big Top”. Haunted Overload is partnered with the Cocheco Valley Humane Society and gives a percentage of its proceeds to help local animals. It’s located at DeMeritt Hill Farm, a traditional stop for apple picking, blueberries, pumpkins and home-made goodies from the farm store. The farm also offers seasonal holiday hayrides and classes.

You can find the entire 2016 list from hauntworld here.

USA Today names 10 Best Haunted Attractions

usatodayHalloween means costumes, horror movies, haunted houses, and a celebration of all things scary. ‘Tis the season for terror, and 10 Best set out on a mission to find the best haunted attractions in the U.S.

These 10 haunted houses, selected by 10 Best Local Experts and the Haunted Attraction Association and voted to the top by our readers, offer the best actors, set designs, special effects and value for money out there.

“While Halloween will always have all the traditional haunted houses, hayrides and other favorites, we are seeing more and more attractions offer some level of interactivity for guests and an increase in personal experiences that get customers more involved in their events,” says John R. Eslich, President of the Haunted Attraction Association, on what’s trending in 2016. “Specifically, we are seeing new products such as laser tag within attractions and an explosion of problem solving and scavenger hunting activities.”

The top 10 winners in the category Best Haunted Attraction are as follows:

  1. Nashville Nightmare – Nashville
  2. Haunted Overload – Lee, N.H.
  3. Hobb’s Grove – Sanger, Calif.
  4. Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano, Texas
  5. Factory Of Terror – Canton, Ohio
  6. The Shallow Grave – Winer Haven, Fla.
  7. Fear Fair – Seymour, Ind.
  8. Netherworld – Norcross, Ga.
  9. RISE Haunted House – Hammond, La.
  10. House of Horrors -Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Additional nominated haunted attractions included The 13th Gate, Enigma Haunt, Field of Screams, Fright Kingdom, Ghostly Manor, Headless Horseman, Shocktoberfest, Terror Behind the Walls, Wisconsin Fear Grounds and Woods of Terror.

Congratulations to all our winning haunted attractions!

Edible New Hampshire releases its Apple and Pumpkin picking guide


Sept_Oct%2016DeMeritt Hill Farm is proud to sponsor the Apple and Pumpkin picking guide from Edible New Hampshire.

As Edible New Hampshire writes, “New Hampshire is home to farmers determined to work with our rolling hills and harsh winters, fishermen invested in sustainability, chefs crafting menus dedicated to New Hampshire cuisine, and a community invested in supporting our small businesses by turning inward, sustaining families with the fruits of our own backyards”.

The DeMeritt Hill Farm family couldn’t be prouder to support such a worthy cause in helping to write such worthwhile articles and bring awareness to our fine state.

To order your copy of Edible New Hampshire click here.

Yankee Magazine reveals guide to PYO Pumpkin Patches

yankeeThe September/October 2016 issue of Yankee Magazine has included DeMeritt Hill Farm in the Yankee’s Guide to Pick-Your-Own pumpkin patches.  DeMeritt Hill Farm is thrilled to be the only farm representing the great state of New Hampshire.

Yankee Magazine writes “Pick your own from not just one but two patches at this beautiful farm.  You can either walk or ride out there, but if you’re in a rush, stop by the store to select a pumpkin.  A wide variety of painted pumpkins and gourds are available too.  Hop aboard a hayride or hike the trail network for more family fun”.

Thank you Yankee Magazine for including us in your Fall guide!

DeMeritt Hill Farm sponsors Seacoast Harvest Guide

SeacoastHarvestDeMeritt Hill Farm is proud to announce their Lead sponsorship of the 2016-2017 edition of Seacoast Harvest.  Seacoast Harvest is an annual publication of Eat Seacoast Local.  DeMeritt Hill Farm aligns very closely with the goals of Eat Seacoast Local.

Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, we work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers.

Seacoast Harvest is available at locations throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

Haunted Design Kit Announces its “Excellence in Design” Award Winners

blog-excellence-in-design-award-winners-2015-10-28Lexington, Kentucky (October 27, 2015) – Haunted house design website, HauntDesignKit.com officially announces its picks for the best designed haunted attractions.

“Everybody and every media outlet has their lists for the scariest or ‘best’ haunts in the country, but we wanted to do something different” says website creator Tyler Barnett. “Our focus is the design aspect of the business… So we’re awarding what we consider to be the best designed shows in the industry.”

HauntDesignKit.com took into consideration many different aspects of the haunts they visited -which was over 150 attractions- and the criteria included: Overall design, attraction layout, flow, scenic treatments, and how well the design stuck with the themes of the attractions.

“We visited every haunt that made our list; most times in secret,” Barnett says. “We wanted to catch the haunts off guard and not announce to them we were coming. We paid full ticket price and waited in the lines just like an average customer. We wanted the full experience… This was the perspective we needed to decide on our winners.”

HauntDesignKit.com is proud to announce our winners of our 2015 Excellence in Design Award:
Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano, TX
Haunted Overload – Lee, NH
House of Torment – Chicago, IL
Screamland – Margate, Kent/United Kingdom
The 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA

These attractions are what we consider to be the very best at what they do. From a design aspect, each attraction offers the very best in creative design, scenic design, scenic treatments and all stick to their respective themes very well. A lot of these haunts actually employ scenic designers and artists to help create their haunted worlds. Congratulations to all the haunts that made the list.

Please visit hauntdesignkit.com for the full press release.