CLEAR LAKE — The D and D Haunted Hike is open for another year of screams.
Hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through October, and Halloween.
The award-winning haunt, rated 10th in Iowa, is celebrating its 14th year with the theme, “If You Dare ... We Will Scare.’’ It is located at 2532 South Shore Drive in Clear Lake, on an 1880s farm acreage.
Constructed mostly from recycled materials, this year’s haunt is new with twice as many props and will take twice as long to walk through, according to a news release.
Actors from Iowa and Minnesota bring classic and current horror figures to life in the hike, which begins in the Halloween museum and goes to the haunted Wild West town.
This year, groups will be able to guide themselves through the town and into the ranch’s eight acres of pasture where unexpected terrors await.
The hike is owned and operated by Dale and Debbie Anderson.
“It’s so much different than last year,” said Dale Anderson. “It’s a lot bigger — a lot of neat, cool stuff added. It is by far the best year ever.”
The hike includes a new attraction — the ZAP (Zombie Apocalypse Paintball) bus.
Participants board the ZAP bus and shoot M16 paintball guns at a field full of zombies who have overtaken the ranch. The guns are loaded with fluorescent ammunition to take out “the undead.’’
Cost is $10 for the hike and $15 for the ZAP bus. Portions of all proceeds go to local charities.
Due to scary content, no one under the age of 10 is allowed to participate without adult supervision.
Call 641-357-1695 for more information or visit www.thedanddranch.com.