Bonadeo Farms offers scares, laughs for students


Marlo Wilson

Group of Milford Seniors visiting Bonadeos haunted house and forest.

Allison Schils, Staff Writer

From carving pumpkins to going to the cider mills, there are so many activities to do as October fall festivities begin. Visiting a haunted house is a student favorite as Halloween approaches.

Bonadeo Farms in Highland is one of many local fall attractions in the area. They draw in tons of people with their food and drinks, corn maze, haunted house, tractor rides and more. This year’s haunted house and forest are a big attraction for many Milford students.

On Oct. 8, a few friends and I took a trip to Bonadeo to see what we thought of the haunted house. Arriving there, we didn’t know what to expect because it is a very family friendly place. Our group had a variety of opinions by the end. Some said it was super scary while others laughed the whole way through.

The setup was quite interesting. Instead of it being two separate attractions, it went straight from the house to the forest. The consensus of our group was that the house was more entertaining than the forest; while the house took around 10-15 minutes to get through, the forest was only about eight minutes.

We showed up with a large group, but had to split into groups of six upon our entry into the house. We entered the house and during the first few steps there was already a jump scare. We made our way further into the house and eventually entered a room with strobe lights that also had tons of things hanging from the ceiling. After all the freaking out about that room, we entered a room of fog that we were scared throughout. Making the way out of the house felt like a weight had been lifted off of our shoulders until we entered the forest. This wasn’t as bad until we got our first scare.

All of our hearts were racing with excitement and fear. After a few jump scares and laughs, we made it out of the forest while being chased by a man with a chainsaw. Right after we finished it, I asked them all to rate the scare factor,10 meaning it was extremely scary and one meaning not scary at all.

Senior Sarah Rand is not the biggest fan of haunted houses. The minute we got into line, you could already tell that she was anxious. “I had my eyes closed the entire time so I didn’t really see it, but it sounded really scary,” Rand said. “I would never do that ever again.” Out of the whole group, she was the only one that gave it a 10 out of 10 rating.

Rand’s opinion on the house reflects off of the fact that she isn’t a fan of scary things but some other people that went through it had different thoughts. Senior Naethan Jaklic gave it a 2 out of 10.  “Overall, I didn’t think it was that scary,” Jaklic said “The only part that was kind of bad was when someone grabbed me in the room with the strobe lights.”

The reviews illustrate that the house was definitely a little scary. It seems a lot more family friendly when one compares it to some of the other haunted houses like Erebus in Pontiac. If you’re looking for something to do with some friends on a night this fall, our group would definitely recommend Bonadeo Farms haunted house and forest. If you want something a little more intense and scarier than that, they’re definitely some other options out there.