The Haunted Fairground
HAUNTED WOODS - Picture this: it’s the weekend, your pets are out of Neoschool
for two whole days, you’ve got nothing planned, and there's 48 glorious hours
ahead of you. So what are you going to do? If your Neopets are anything like mine,
they won’t want to sit around your Neohome all day; they’d love a day out! Now,
the question is, where to go? Happy Valley is fun, if you can put up with the
cold. Meri Acres farm is always worth a visit, but there's only so many potatoes
you can count before that becomes a tad boring. Mystery Island? Been there, done
that, postcard’s in the mail. So what is there to do?
They say that a change is as good as a holiday, even if it is only for one
day. So why not try something different? How does a day at the Deserted Fairground
*deep intakes of breath all around*
Ohh-kay…that was awkward.
I take it you need a little convincing, and that’s what I’m about to do. So
keep reading, and I’ll take you on a grand tour of the fairgrounds!
Upon entering the Deserted Fairgrounds, you may notice the so-called “eerie”
atmosphere it has, what with the “abandoned” decorating scheme, the gnarled
trees, and the darkness and all. Many people wrongly assume that because of
this atmosphere, the place is evil, oh no, we’re all going to die, run, blah
blah blah. Now, let’s think about this rationally. The place is a FAIRGROUND.
Fairgrounds have the reputation of having eerie atmospheres. Think of how different
it would be if you walked in and there were flowers and buzzes and faeries all
over the place, and a sweet little Kau running the Coconut Shy. Sure, it’d be
nice, and non-freaky, but where’s the adventure in that?
Welcoming you into the Deserted Fairgrounds is Sidney, at the Deserted Fairground
Scratchcard Kiosk. Nothing scary about him at all. Yes, he does exesssesssively
trail off on wordsss with “s” in them, but that’s because he’s freezing cold!
Look at the poor guy, he has to wear old rags out in the middle of the woods.
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at him, he’s turning blue from the cold.
So come on, buy a Scratchcard, and help poor Sidney earn a living. And who knows,
you might win a nice prize too!
Now let's take a stroll over to Test Your Strength. On the way there, you can
stop by and gawk at the Ghost Neopets. And dream about someday owning one *sigh*.
Carrying on, here we are at Test Your Strength. Say hi to Arnold if you feel
like it, you can’t miss him. He’s the one standing there hollering, “Roll up!
Roll up!” at the top of his lungs. Test Your Strength is a great game, all you
have to do is pick up the mallet, give it a big swing and see how well you hit!
It’s easy, fun, and affordable, and you could turn out to be an elite mallet
swinging champion *victory music*. I hear it pays well.
Right down the back of the fairground you’ll find the Carnival of Terror. You
shoot the Robot Chia Clowns with your spiffy gun, they throw pies at you. Sounds
like fun to me. :)
Right next to the Carnival of Terror is a personal favourite of mine, the Coconut
Shy! One of the newer attractions at the Deserted Fairground, it’s an addictive
little game. The concept is simple. You try to hit the coconuts with a ball.
If you hit a coconut, you win fifty Neopoints; if you nearly knock one down
you win three hundred Neopoints; and, wait for it, if you knock down a coconut
you win a grand total of ten thousand Neopoints, plus a special prize! So, let's
review, shall we: you get to throw tennis balls at a bunch of coconuts, and
you can win stuff from doing so. What are you waiting for? Go! Now!
No, wait! I haven’t finished! When I said “now” I meant now as in after you’ve
finished reading my article! *rolls eyes* People these days…
Anyway, making your way back to the entrance of the fairground, you’ll pass
by the Haunted Weaponry shop. It pays to have a quick look, if you’re interested,
because there are some great battle items in there. Plus, the shop owner has
a cool shiny cloak. Oooh!
You’ll pass Sidney again on your way to the west side of the fairground. Go
on, buy another Scratchcard. You know you want to. :)
Further on, you’ll see another shop the Deserted Fairground has to offer. The
Spooky Furniture shop has some terrific finds for your Neohome. After visiting
this shop, you’ll wonder how you survived for so long without an Oozing Candle.
It’s also a good place to pick up a nice souvenir to remind you of your day
at the fairground.
Behind the Spooky Furniture shop is the Wheel of Misfortune. It was originally
called the Wheel of Fortune, but apart from those “oh-so-cute” faeries stealing
its name, some bored Neopians thought it would be funny to add “mis” to the
sign. Trust me, I was there. No, wait…I wasn’t…forget you read that… Okay, back
to spinning the wheel. For the small price of one hundred Neopoints you can
give the wheel a big spin and watch it go round and round and round! On one
particular occasion, when the wheel slowed to a stop, the friendly wheel spinner
(who requests to remain unidentified) said to me, “Congratulations!!! You win
a Von Kougra Plushie!” Wow! I’ve always wanted one of those! No, really, I have.
Well, it’s been a fun day at the fairground, but it’s not quite time to go
home yet. You can pick up something to eat at the Spooky Food stand. I recommend
the Pumpkin Pie, it’s delicious. You can also try a Spooky Doughnut, Chokato
Ghostkersandwich, Skeith Juice Cocktail, or even a Squishy Brain Wrap. Whatever
takes your fancy, it’s all there.
That wasn’t too bad, was it? See, a day at the fairground isn’t such a bad
idea after all. Many people spread rumours about the place, but I’ll let you
be the judge. I myself have spent many days there, frantically trying to knock
down a coconut, and there's nothing wrong with me! *chuckle* So, next time your
Neopets are bored, surprise them with a trip to the Deserted Fairground. They’ll
love you for it.