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Halloween is nigh, and suddenly the Bartell is stocked with weird orange candies suggesting fall harvest and horror. Meanwhile, out in Snohomish, Stocker Farms opens

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The NC-17 Corn Maze?

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Halloween is nigh, and suddenly the Bartell is stocked with weird orange candies suggesting fall harvest and horror. Meanwhile, out in Snohomish, Stocker Farms opens its "Field of Screams" tomorrow. This year's theme to its haunted house is Carnival of Carnage, which amounts to a live theatrical production modeled on an old '80s slasher movie. There's an entire plot to the production, not just teens wearing bedsheets jumping out of the corner to say "Boo." Instead, in the show's elaborate background notes, we learn how during the 1920s the rural Slasher family--yes, that's their name--were driven from their land by circus folk! Then, "Furious with the loss of their land, the Slashers did their best to scare off carnival customers and intimidate the sideshow employees. The feud raged on for years, until the great Carnival of Carnage in 1923."

You can guess what happened next, which Carnival of Carnage will now reenact for you: "When the river fog was thick, the enraged Slashers carried out a malevolent and sinister plan. Two Slasher brothers, disguised as clowns, infiltrated the carnival and set the big top tent ablaze; with the audience, animals and some of the performers locked helplessly inside. Only a handful of spectators and carnival workers escaped. Many disappeared into the cornfields."

Why didn't they think of that for First Thursday's art walk? The whole Tashiro Kaplan Building could've been a haunted house. That might've helped attendance. Details and a ghoulish image after the jump, if you dare....

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Stocker Farms, 8705 Marsh Rd. (Snohomish, WA), 360-568-7391, stockerfarms.com. $15. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 3.-Sat., Oct. 31. The farm also offers other G-rated activities for the family--provided you're not from the carnival.

 
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