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The Insane Halloween Scarecrow Alley At Lombardi Ranch!
by: -RoG-

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If you steal anything, they throw you in the pumpkin paddy wagon.


I couldn't get any closer to it, but there was a truck off in the distance with a gargantuan pumpkin in the back.


Climbing up the haystack pyramid gives you nice views of the surrounding mountains.


This crow asks you to "Please Keep Out" of his cage. Yeah, what an antisocial jerk.


Anybody care for a wagon ride?


In addition to delicious corn on the cob, there were a few tents selling handmade Halloween crafts too.


Halloween ornaments. Yes, we need more of these.


It may not have been part of Scarecrow Alley, but these horses made of hay with miniature
pumpkin eyes was easily one of the best things I saw at Lombardi Ranch all afternoon.


We weren't about to come all the way out here without supporting the ranch, especially since Scarecrow Alley was free, so...


To the corn maze!


On your way there, you find a little Ghost Town display with novelty tombstone gags.


HAR!


HAR! HAR!


HAR! HAR! HAR!


HAR! HAR! HAR! HAR!


For the kids who don't dare to enter the big corn maze, there was a small hay maze instead.


And into the corn maze we go.


Always a good sign.


Pretty cool being in a corn maze surrounded by mountains.


Wait, I thought I had to keep an eye out for snakes. Now I have to watch out for skunks as well? Crap.


Corn.


More corn.


I think this was telling us we could only make a U-turn here.


Okay, apparently there are all kinds of animals in this corn field ready to ruin your day.


There were some tight, secret little shortcut paths you could take too.


It is my dream to one day drive home with this many pumpkins.


$1.00 for a souvenir bag of straw.


You and me both.

Thanks for the fun Halloween memories and hope to see you and your insane scarecrows again next year, Lombardi Ranch!

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Forum Virgin
Oct 23rd, 2013, 11:29 AM
A wealth of riches, -RoG-! Some random observations:

"they're not gonna scare any crows away when they built a house to welcome 'em": wouldn't they be even more afraid of what surprises might lie anywhere near what is likely a haunted house?

Did Sam make an appearance? By now, it definitely feels dated if the Saw mascot shows up but not the Trick 'r Treat one!

Isn't 777 traditionally a symbol of good, a sort of anti-666? Though that would be appropriate after all...

It's pretty clear why Superman is wearing camouflage. If he blends in with the corn, the crows will be even more scared than if he was wearing his usual colorful outfit, since they can never tell when he's there!

A real shame that you didn't get a photo of the hand big enough to hold that "handful of the pumpkins they had for picking". What sort of giant creature did it belong to?

I was surprised that the petting zoo sign didn't read "evil petting zoo".

The first photo inside the corn maze was so reminiscent of those Myst-era early CD-ROM games, I half expected it to be image-mapped with the left and right turns each leading to different images from farther inside the maze!
Member
Oct 23rd, 2013, 04:08 PM
Holy crap. All those displays featuring cute monsters and corny jokes, and then come the Dr. Seuss horrors telling you to go on a killing spree. That's nightmare fuel.
Forum Virgin
Oct 23rd, 2013, 05:42 PM
Cheap and reasonable prices. $3.00-$5.00 range (with the exception of "funpacks") for tickets and activities. You don't get that. I mean, if I was displaying Hellish-Cat-In-The-Hat with Evil Thing 1 and Evil Thing 2, you can bet I'd raise the price. Sidenote: Isn't it annoying to see so much Minecraft? Displays, merchandise, etc.? Wasn't it supposed to be popular last year? Not this year?
Cranberry Everything
Oct 23rd, 2013, 09:12 PM
Wow, I had no idea that place would be so massive!
Very cool photo tour.
Forum Virgin
Oct 23rd, 2013, 11:19 PM
Well destire, it can be massive. Too bad RoG didn't have an aerial view map like this one:
http://static.panoramio.com/photos/large/71083817.jpg
Pickled Patriarch
Oct 24th, 2013, 05:47 AM
Joel3K - Sam did not make an appearance, though he may have been hiding somewhere in the corn. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing him as he'd make an awesome scarecrow, albeit a short one.

A-bomb - Yeah, the Cat in the Hat one was so unexpectedly dark haha. Just one of the many things that made Scarecrow Alley an amazing Halloween spectacle.

MasterD - Indeed. The prices were totally reasonable, and I was surprised they weren't charging people to go into the Scarecrow Alley since it was my favorite part of the entire ranch.

dextire - Yeah, as seen in that aerial photo D just linked to, it's a large place. Plenty of room for expansion in the future too.
Im one good looking Troll
Oct 29th, 2013, 12:17 AM
I remembered that place I once went there with my family and a friend between the year 93-94. They once had a Ferris Wheel that look like it was made in the 60's.In the corn maze they had a scarecrow that appears to be sitting still and the guy was wearing makeup my dad was talking to him for 5 minutes and I even remembered the puppet witch that likes to talk to people.

Looking at it now the owner no longer works there and he somehow managed to have a bunch of 9-11 years old kids do most of decorations . It look like it had taken months or even a year to get the whole place done . I hope those kids got paid or else all that work was worth nothing.

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