Spooky season guide: 13 haunted attractions within driving distance of Charlotte

Spooky season guide: 13 haunted attractions within driving distance of Charlotte
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For many Halloween enthusiasts, myself included, October is synonymous with spooky season.

If you enjoy the adrenaline rush from getting scared, this is the roundup for you. Here are 13 haunted attractions located 2 hours or less from Charlotte. It’s time to get spooky.


15 mins from Charlotte

Once October rolls around, Carowinds transforms from “theme park” to “scream park”. The spooktacular event features more than 500 monsters, ghosts and goblins roaming around the park, plus plenty of haunted attractions and shows.

Open: Select nights Sept. 17 through Halloween

Admission: $39 online, $72 at the gate

Location/hours: 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 7pm to midnight

SCarowinds Sign

Photo courtesy of Carowinds.

Tunnel of Terror Haunted Car Wash

20 mins from Charlotte

Try not to scream while getting your car cleaned at this AquaWave Express Car Wash in Belmont. Guests can expect fog, flashing lights and appearances (or jump scares) from well-known horror film characters.

Open: Now through Halloween

Admission: $22. Ticket includes a car wash

Location/hours: 6415 West Wilkinson Blvd., Belmont. Open Thursday through Sunday, 7pm to midnight

Tunnel of Terror Car Wash Belmont

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Frightmare! on Dam Road at Mr. Putty’s Fun Park

25 mins from Charlotte

Head to Mr. Putty’s Fun Park for a haunted house, open-air scare zones, haunted mini-golf and axe throwing.

Open: Now through Halloween

Admission: $15 general admission. $20 for haunted house and golf combo

Location/hours: 2333 Dam Road, Tega Cay. Open Fridays & Saturdays from 7-11pm

Mr. Puttys Fun Park Halloween

Photo courtesy of Mr. Putty’s Fun Park

The 901 Nightmare

31 mins from Charlotte

Come face-to-face with your worst nightmares as you wander deep into the woods in The 901 Nightmare. This outdoor maze of terror takes you through decrepit shacks, old barns and an abandoned insane asylum. The entire attraction is about 20 minutes long.

Dates: Weekends in October plus Thursday, Oct. 28

Admission: $20 adults, $15 children

Location/hours: 3520 Mt. Holly Rd., Edgemoor. Open Friday through Sunday, 7:30-10:30pm

901 nightmare

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

901 nightmare

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios


38 mins from Charlotte

You can’t spell Boogerwoods without “boo.” On this haunted trail, two guides will lead you through a series of 15 scenes; some with loud music, total darkness, enclosed spaces and jump scares. The attraction takes 35 to 40 minutes to walk through.

Dates: Oct. 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & 30

Admission: $30 cash only

Location: 725 Phaniel Church Rd., Rockwell

Scarrigan Farms Haunted Trail

40 mins from Charlotte

The 170-acre stretch of woods behind the quarry is transformed into one of the scariest haunted trails in the region. From start to finish, it goes a little over 1 mile takes about an hour to complete. Reservations are required.

Dates: Now through Nov. 1

Admission: $25 per person on Thursday and Sunday, $30 per person on Friday and Saturday evenings

Location/hours: 1213 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville. Open Thursday through Sunday from 7:30pm to 10pm

Scarrigan farms

Photo courtesy of Carrigan Farms

House Within Haunted House

43 minutes from Charlotte

This indoor horror experience is set in a turn-of-the-century-style funhouse. There are 15 movie set scenes in near-darkness — and there might be a jump scare or two.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October

Admission: $18 online, $20 at the door

Location/hours: 111 West Bank St., Salisbury. Open Friday and Saturday from 6-9:30pm

Midway Wicked Woods

50 mins from Charlotte

They call it the Wicked Woods because of a man by the name of Wicked Willie who roams the Midway campgrounds looking for trespassers. If you’re brave enough, head to Midway Wicked Woods to find out if the legend is true.

Dates: Select dates through Halloween

Admission: $20

Location/hours: 114 Midway Dr., Statesville. Open weekends from 8-10pm

midway wicked woods

Photo courtesy of Midway Wicked Woods.

Aw Shucks 13th Acre Haunted Trail

50 mins from Charlotte

13th Acre Haunted Trail is an outdoor experience, and it’s not for the faint of heart. The trail takes about 35 minutes to walk through — that is if you don’t bolt all the way. If you want a scare and a wholesome time, opt for the combo ticket which gives you access to the haunted trail and the rest of Aw Shucks farm.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays in October

Admission: $13 general admission, $20 combo ticket (includes haunted trail and access to the rest of Aw Shucks Farm)

Location/hours: 3718 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe. Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30-11pm

Aw Shucks "The 13th Acre" Haunted Trail

Photo courtesy of Aw Shucks Farm

Haunted Shelby Corn Maze

1 hr, 5 mins from Charlotte

What lies beyond the stalks of corn just might be stalking you. Some folks say it’s haunted, so if you’re brave enough, head to Shelby Corn Maze to explore the corn trails and see for yourself.

Dates: Now through Halloween

Admission: $13

Location/hours: 120 Broadway Dr., Shelby

Kersey Valley Spookywoods Haunted House

1 hr, 10 min from Charlotte

From the moment you arrive, you’re fair game to all the haunted creatures that reside on Kersey Valley land. Spookywoods has been a North Carolina tradition since 1985 and it’s said to be one of America’s most famous scary attractions. This haunted house has 12 scenes to walk through and along the way, you’ll encounter a few surprises.

Dates: Weekends in October

Admission: $35.70 general admission, $59.49 VIP fast pass, $79.63 for immediate access

Location/hours: 1615 Kersey Valley Rd., Archdale. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8-10pm

Wompus Woods Haunted Trail

1 hr, 10 mins from Charlotte

Now in its 25th and final year, Wompus Woods allows visitors to wander through the haunted woods in which the Wompus Monster resides.

Dates: Weekends in October and the first weekend of November

Admission: $20 adult general admission, $10 child general admission — cash only

Location/hours: 231 Parris Rd., Cowpens. Open from 7:30pm to midnight

Spooky Bottom Haunted Trail

1 hr, 40 mins from Charlotte

Walk through cabins, mine shafts, swamps and villages on this spooky haunted trail.

Dates: Thursdays through Saturdays in October

Admission: Timed tickets start at $25

Location/hours: 6059 Union Grove Church Rd., Seagrove. Open Thursday through Saturday from 7pm to midnight.

Editor’s note: This story was last updated on October 12, 2021

For more fall things to do, view our other festive guides: Apple season is upon us: 7 pick-your-own orchards within 2 hours of Charlotte, Quick guide to 9 must-visit pumpkin patches near Charlotte, Fall guide 2020: 25 must-do fall activities in and around Charlotte

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