They are coming for your brains. Find out if you have the paintball prowess necessary to take down a horde of zombies with Kansas Zombie Hunters, opening this fall in western Harvey County.
The eerie experience is being presented at the Down in the Hollar Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Haunt, located at 7727 NE 36th St. in Newton. The pumpkin "patch" is a bit larger than what its name may indicate — the area covers six acres of land.
"We have 11,000 hills of pumpkins growing," laughed Sonya Siefkes, owner of Down in the Hollar Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Haunt.
Zombie hunters will load up in the bed of a trailer — pulled behind either a truck or a tractor — on the lookout for any zombies that cross their path during a 30-minute ride. The undead may appear suddenly from the dark wood or come at players from the pumpkin patch's corn maze.
Participants will fire off rounds of glow-in-the-dark paintballs from their paintball guns to ward off the menacing hordes.
"The guns are mounted on the wagon," Siefkes noted.
The placement of the paintball guns ensures zombie hunters do not take any friendly fire, as the weapons are placed on swivels so that they are always aimed outwards, away from the wagon.
The zombie hunts will be offered between 6:30 and 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting Sept. 29 and going through Nov. 4. New hunting parties will head out in 30-minute intervals each evening.
Down in the Hollar Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Haunt will offer a pumpkin gallery shoot as well, giving participants a chance to win a Kansas Zombie Hunter T-shirt.
"We're having a shooting gallery where you sit and shoot the guns at targets," Siefkes said.
A corn maze paintball course will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays this fall.
There are also activities for those wanting to enjoy the fun of autumn, including hayrack rides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and funnel cakes served up on site.
The zombie hunts were added with the aim of attracting those who have previously traveled elsewhere for similar types of spooky entertainment.
Down in the Hollar Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Haunt will give back to Harvey County organizations, school and nonprofits by designating a beneficiary of a percentage of their profits each Friday night.
For the Zombie Hunts, children age 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are recommended. Tickets can be purchased at http://kansaszombiehunters.com beginning Sept. 1. For more information about Kansas Zombie Hunters, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Down in the Hollar Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Haunt, visit http://www.downinthehollar.com.