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Behind-the-scenes at Roca Scary Farm

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Posted By: Camila Orti

For some, the month of October means pumpkin patches and apple cider. For others, it's all about the thrills and chills.

Roca Berry Farm (just 10 minutes south of Lincoln) has been in business for more than 30 years.

"It's grown every year, it never was this big," owner Beverly Schaefer said.

Schaefer says around this time of year, the local tourist attraction brings in about 5,000 people daily.

Pumpkin picking, funnel cake eating and plenty of activities for the kids are offered during the day; at night, the creatures come out.

"It's fun to be someone else for once," scarer Colby Schmuecker said.

Roca Berry Farm turns into Roca Scary Farm with the help of 40 to 50 scarers every weekend night.

Watch out for these walking dead during the Haunted Hayrack Hide, or in the Psycho-Path walk through the woods.

Jeff Knopik is the artist that helps the scarers get into character with paint and latex. Knopik says he's a third-grade teacher by day, and a "master disfigurer" by night.

"Their job is to scare, and it's kind of hard to be animated behind a mask so, I would say we do this part so they can do their part," Knopik said.

Knopik says the best part of his job is seeing the scarers, most of which are high school students, transform into their roles.

"When they've got something on their face, it's not them, it's somebody else and they can do anything they want."

That is, anything but touching or being rude to the Roca Berry guests.

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