San Benito Lifestyle

Swank Farms’ Lights and Frights departs on Halloween

Looking for a little excitement? Try Swank Farms' Lights and Frights.

This article was contributed by local photographer Robert Eliason.

The Trail of Lights and Frights, a new attractions this year at Swank Farms, is open for a few more days on Oct. 25, 26, 27 and Halloween evening (Oct. 31). As part of their re-envisioning of the yearly corn maze and pumpkin patch, the Swanks have created a new family-oriented version of the Haunted Corn Maze.

The journey begins with a trail of fairy lights leading attendees through skeletons and ghosts to the entrance of the maze. Within it are scary spooks, frightening scenes and weird noises to test your courage.

Attendees are left to their own devices as they navigate tumbled gravestones, giant spiders, skulls and skeletons, strange clowns, and a giant pumpkin-headed scarecrow. Young visitors to the maze are invited to carry a bell to ring to warn away the creepy creatures (there are also convenient exits along the way.)

Besides the corn maze and pumpkin patch, there are giant jumping pillows, pig races, farm animals, the Cow Train, and a hill slide.

Swank Farms is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Oct. 25, Saturday Oct. 26, Sunday Oct. 27 and Halloween. The Fairy Trail and Haunted Corn Maze are open starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Halloween.

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Robert Eliason

I’ve been a freelance photographer since my dad stuck a camera in my hand on the evening of my First Grade Open House. My dad taught me to observe, empathize, then finally compose the shot. While I’ve had showings of my “serious” work in galleries from Berkeley to Salinas, I find the constantly changing and varied assignments from news organizations to be the most rewarding photographic work. It gives me the chance to capture important moments in people’s lives that otherwise might be missed.