Get Spooked From Maryland to Delaware

Sunday, October 19, 2008

WHERE: Maryland and Delaware.

WHY: A terrifying town, creepy Confederates and ale-swilling spirits.

HOW FAR: About 100 miles from start to finish, and three hours from Washington.

During dark October evenings, Delaware's ghoulish side emerges.

For the past decade, Frightland has been erected on the outskirts of Middletown. The annual gorefest, which runs through Nov. 1, is easy to spot: Look for the skeleton grinning maniacally on a silo, a warning that this ghost farm isn't for the faint of heart.

According to lore, a doctor named Thaddeus Idalia was driven mad by the suicide of his daughter and wrought unspeakable horrors on unsuspecting patients in the basement of his country manor. You'll encounter the cursed victims on your tour through the now-decrepit house.

It's claimed that visitors who stop among the once-quiet cornfields, forgotten asylum and ghost town of Redemption face evildoing from Frightland residents that makes Jason's wrath look meek. Double-dare you to go.

-- Johnna Rizzo

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