Halloween Comes Alive in Dartmouth Thanks to One Man’s Haunted Yard
As Halloween draws closer, all things spooky and scary begin to take over, and one Dartmouth resident lives to bring terror and fear to his neighborhood every year.
Harrison Ingham has been putting on interactive Halloween displays for years, and after acquiring the original animatronics and props from the old Lakeville haunted trail, he’s ready to make the “Haunted Yard by Dark New England” bigger and scarier than ever.
Ingham’s Love for All Things Scary
Harrison Ingham has always loved Halloween and the fright that comes along with it.
“I’m a big fan of all things scary,” he said. “My dad used to help me decorate as a kid. It started with the driveway, then halfway around the yard, and eventually, it was the entire yard.”
Later in life, he decided to start a page on Facebook called Dark New England which informed people of local haunts around town, like Factory of Terror and more. On October 1st, he launched the official website which allows people to choose a state in New England and search all of the best haunts in the area.
The Haunted Yard That Keeps Growing
Residents of Lakeville may recognize a few spooky characters in Ingham’s yard this year since he claimed all of the original pieces from the Lakeville Haunted House.
“The Lakeville Haunted House was there for about 30 years, then a storm came and took it down. They closed up shop after that,” said Ingham. “Everything they had just sat inside the Ted Williams Camp building.”
When Ingham heard that the town was going to throw it all away, he swooped in and snatched it up for his own haunt at 21 Lakeside Avenue in Dartmouth.
Last year, Ingham announced it would be the last haunt at his home, with hopes of moving his setup to the original Lakeville Haunted Trail. Unfortunately, it didn't work out, and now, Ingham has his eyes on a farm in Freetown, allowing his haunt to get even bigger next year.
What to Expect at 21 Lakeside Avenue
This year promises to be Ingham’s biggest display yet, with strobe lights, fog machines, live actors, and suspense around every corner.
The planning begins in June, and Ingham coughs up a scary amount of money to put on the best haunt possible.
“It was $500 alone for corn stalks,” shared Ingham.
Truthfully, he has no regrets, saying, “It’s all for the love of Halloween.”
Ingham’s Haunted Yard provides the terror that people search for, but the biggest difference between him and other haunts is that his haunt is totally free.
Ingham appreciates donations, with any proceeds going directly to the haunt, allowing him to grow and evolve with each Halloween season.
So, if you’re ready to get scared, venture over to the Haunted Yard by Dark New England on October 30th and 31st from 7 pm to 11 pm.
But be warned. This isn’t for the faint of heart.