October 5th


I learned to ride a horse in preschool thanks to Rawhide. Once upon a time, this cowboy touristy town was located in north, north Scottsdale . My dad loved to go to Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse and then take his two little ones to enjoy a piece of the wild wild west. I have a photo, wearing a turquoise blue polo shirt and plaid shorts, on the back of a donkey at Rawhide. I am in kindergarten and am already a prissy girl wanting a pony.

Laura Ingalls Wilder-inspired

So when a friend gave me tickets to visit the new Rawhide (relocated to the Chandler area) — I jumped. Little did I know how much I was actually going to jump…

Giddyup, pardner

Giddyup partners, this is a scary tale of how my childhood memories of a cowboy town were turned upside down, inside out and into a tale of adult horror.


The wild west has been taken over by zombies.


And death.


And while the marshal no longer wanted to find me a pony, he did want to shoot me, chase me and scare the living bejesus out of me.


Alma agreed. Death did not suit her either.

Alma and a zombie

Especially when the zombies snuck up behind her…

Scared the crap out of her

Although it does make for a pretty funny photo!

The Asylum Haunted House at Rawhide is now open and may I just say, it is very, very scary. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone younger than 18. While the shoot-out western show is campy and fun, the haunted house is nothing short of terrifying. At one point, I was being chased by man carrying a chainsaw.

So, if this sort of thing is up your holiday alley, give it a whirl.  It was a spooky, fun time, but I did miss the peaceful pony ride.


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11 Responses

  1. Kelli,

    Sounds like you guys had a great time! Great pics by the way.

  2. I am a WIMP for things like that…looks terrifying!

  3. Sounds like fun! I haven’t been to a Haunted House in years!

  4. I’d totally freak out and probably wet my pants! Sounds fun for you though (:

  5. Yikes! I am way too much of a scaredy cat to go to a haunted house.

  6. Aaahh! I used to go to Rawhide, too- I haven’t been there in at least 20 years! (25?)

    Looks like things there sure have changed…

  7. Hmmm, I dunno, getting scared can be fun and exhilarating but I’m not sure I’d be up for being chased by a chainsaw-wielding dude.

  8. You know, once upon a time (long ago when my mom and dad were trying to make ends meet to raise us three).. my dad worked there part time. He drove the stage coach and often did some of those horseback riding/bbq rides.

    I remember going out there with him occasionally and it was like magic to me. Like really being transported back to the Wild West. Haha. Someday I kind of hope to take my girls there, and maybe even my dad sometime. So we can check out the changes. Glad you had a good time.

  9. Shudder. Not for me. But glad you had a good time, and Alma looks like a good sport.

    BTW, I love Alma’s bag. 🙂

  10. Ahhhhh Kelli I’ve been away too long. I am seriously bumming because my #1 all time favorite activity of the year, the haunted corn maze, is out of commission this fall. Thanks for rubbing salt in that wound. It is wholesome and scary and hilarious and I miss it so.

    I think we’ll try to do one of those murder mystery dinner parties in lieu.