From Texas Chainsaw-mazes to evil carnivals.
If you’re a fan of screams, thrills, and all things that go bump in the night, then you’re absolutely going to love this one, Charlotte! The season of the witch is here, and it’s time to indulge in our primal instinct, the feeling of being scared. With these 8 haunted trails, houses, and attractions around the Carolinas, we think we’ve got you covered from now until Halloween. We hope you enjoy and please make sure to follow all guidelines set in place by the haunts.
Close to home, you’ve got SCarowinds, the biggest haunt in Charlotte you could ask for. Survive high-adrenaline mazes, scare zones, and thrilling rides sure to get you feeling a little spooked. From the CarnEvil scare zone to the Deadman’s Landing maze to roller coasters and thrilling drop towers, you’ll surely get a good scream in. Get tickets for as low as $39 on their website.
Where: 14523 Carowinds Boulevard, Charlotte NC
On Friday and Saturday nights, head over to Frightmare on Dam Road to the haunted house for only $15 per person. Other than their awesome haunted house, you can also try out their fun games like mini golf and axe throwing, plus they’ve got a special $20 deal for unlimited mini golf and the haunted house combined. The frightening festivities start on October 1st and last through the entire month.
Where: 2333 Dam Road, Tega Cay, SC
3. Booger Woods
Booger Woods is bound to be scary. They’ve even got the word ‘boo’ in the title. Head over to this highly rated haunted trail and follow along two costumed guides as they lead you down a dark path full of frights and scares. They’re even scaring you all for a good cause, as their mission is to raise money to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Check out the new Leatherface maze as well as old favorites like the Pirate Ship and Mineshaft.
Where: 725 Phaniel Church Rd, Rockwell, NC
The Forbidden Forest trail is only open for 6 nights, October 16th-17th, 23rd-24th, and finally the 30th-31st, so keep those dates in mind if you’re looking to check them out. Forbidden Forest may not recommend kids under 6 attend (though they are free to attend) they’re raising money for St. Jude’s hospital, with proceeds of the $20 ticket going towards funding. Experience chilling characters and spooky settings on this forest trail, and enjoy.
Where: 14210 Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell
Welcome to the 901 nightmare, a haunted attraction advertised as being your worst nightmare. Experience your fears in the flesh at this creepy and dark haunt just off the South Carolina 901 highway. What’s better is that the 901 Nightmare, while scary, is still a great attraction for the entire family so bring them along and don’t be shy about clinging to them for protection. Ticket prices range depending on whether you get them online, offline, or want a fast pass.
Where: 3520 Mt. Holly Road, Edgemoor, SC
The Midway Wicked Woods starts off in a wagon where you’ll then be driven to a mysterious location. That’s where the real terror begins. Follow this unguided tour where you’ll stumble across a dark trail that will lead you to your worst nightmares. Head through terrifying buildings, a 600ft tunnel plunged in darkness, and a spinning tunnel of terror. Tickets cost $20.
Where: Midway Campground Resort, 114 Midway Drive, Statesville
Wompus Woods will be hosting their 25th and final year this season, and as South Carolina’s biggest haunted attraction, you won’t want to miss out on what’s sure to be a thrilling night. The haunted maze will last up to 30 minutes with the trail opening at 7:30pm with closing hours at 10pm. You can also bring the family for a Family Hayride starting at 7:30 with cut off times at 9:30. Check out their website for ticket info.
Where: 231 Parris Rd, Cowpens, SC 29330
8. Spooky Woods
Maybe one of North Carolina’s best haunts, voted best in the nation, is Spooky Woods, which we’ve written about before. Maybe one of the greatest transformations in North Carolina is the transition from family friendly farm attraction known as Kersey Valley into its sinister alter-ego. By day, you and the entire family can enjoy an afternoon spent axe throwing, sunflower gazing, and zip-lining. By night, prepare for terrifying haunts and thrills. According to the website,” From the moment you arrive on the property, you are fair game to each and every haunted creature residing here.”Grab your tickets for this haunt starting at $30.
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