23 places to get your fill of terror this Halloween within 100 miles of Charlotte

23 places to get your fill of terror this Halloween within 100 miles of Charlotte
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I wish I could say that I hate all things Halloween, especially haunted houses and other real-life scares, because I find them corny and lame. Instead, I hate all things Halloween because I cannot handle being terrified in real life.

If you can, like to and want to, and enjoy being referred to as a “victim” while running from chainsaws, inbred hillbilles and clowns, here are a handful of places to get your fill of it.

725 Phaniel Church Road, Rockwell (44 miles)

There are 13 scenes to try to survive, including Mine Shaft with Michael Myers, Booger Meat Packing, Boogerassic Park and Booger Vortex (they do warn about motion sickness). When you’re being led through by one of the seven pairs of guides who might be maintenance men, Floyd and Otis or the grannies, just to name a few, expect to get wet and/or dirty. $15 per person plus free parking.


Dates: October 21, 22, 27-29
Hours: Tickets go on sale at 2 p.m. every day
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Dr. Evil’s Haunted House
4300 Monroe Road

Kill two birds with one stone this year at Morris Costumes. There are eight scenes to get through, including Dr. Evil’s Mermaid, Dr. Evil’s Movie Monsters Museum and Dr. Evil’s Asylum of Horrors. The original costume used in the 1967 film BigFoot Hoax! will also be on display. $9 per person.

Dates: TBD
Hours: TBD
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Fear Farm
424 99 Island Road, Blacksburg, South Carolina (38 miles)

The haunted house, which clocks in at 8,000 square feet, has been voted the Scariest Haunted House on HauntWorld.com five years running. This year’s attractions are Ringmaster’s Circus Academy and Fear Farm Haunted House. At the Academy, participants train at a “demented clown school” to learn the art of the craft before making their way through a maze, circus dressing rooms and actual carnival. In the house, expect a graveyard complete with actors, animatronics, Hollywood-style sets and a voodoo swamp. $15-$35 per person with free parking.

Dates: October 1 – 31
Hours: 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
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Forbidden Forest Trail
14210 Old Beatty Ford Road (10 miles)

This outdoor trail’s proceeds to go St. Jude’s and is filled with characters like doctors, patients and axe-wielding murderers. $15 per person.

Dates: October 20-22, 27-29 and 31
Hours: Tickets are sold 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on weeknights, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday
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Haunted Mill & Blacklight Minigolf
6235 Wilkinson Boulevard (7 miles)

Explore one of the only historic mills in the area with documented paranormal activity. The 20,000-square-foot attraction is all inside and includes escape rooms.

Dates: September 23, 24, October 1, 7-8, 14-16, 20-23, 26-31 and November 4 and 5
Hours: 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
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Hickory Grove Haunted Trail
4064 Mountain View Street, Gastonia (32 miles)

The trail, which has been host to the halloween tradition for over 20 years, is set in the backwoods of the South Fork River. Participants are led by guides through a setting that returns Halloween to “the way it was meant to be,” without aliens or Hollywood monsters. Past characters encountered have included clowns and zombies. $15 per person.

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday, September 30 – October 29
Hours: Dark to 12 a.m.
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Horror Fields
4270 Helena Street, Sawmills (68 miles)

The story goes that the Horner family isn’t the nicest in Sawmill and that they’re throwing a party, complete with clowns and two different themes (Speckles Spectacular 3D, a clown-themed attraction, and Hellbilly Hoedown – not a typo – where participants can tour the Horners’ butchering rooms). $15 for each attraction per person or $25 for both.

Dates: October 1, 7-8, 14-15,20-22, 27-31
Hours: TBD
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Kersey Valley Spookywoods
1615 Kersey Valley Road, High Point (72 miles)

Make your way through 13 different attractions back-to-back (some are outside) that include Abominations (mutant humans living in a pig pen), Holiday Land (filled with evil Leprechauns and a Christmas House filled with flesh) and Circus House (where clown rejects hang out and their pride and joy comes in the form of dismembered bodies). Tickets range from $25 – $99 (VIP).

Dates: Thursday through Sunday between September 30 and October 30, October 31 and November 4 and 5
Hours: 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday
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Lake Hickory Haunts
519 Carolina Avenue, Hickory (50 miles)

The indoor attraction has been voted #1 in North Carolina and has been doing business for over 20 years. This year’s attractions are Nightmare Factory, Shipwrecked, Extinction, Junkyard and Boss’s Big Top Circus, all complete with an “incredibly eerie lit lake” in the background. $18-$48 per person with free parking.

Dates: September 30 – October 31 with blackout dates on November 4 and 5
Hours: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
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Midway Wicked Woods
114 Midway Drive (46 miles)

The outdoor trail, which takes 30-45 minutes to walk, is filled with clowns, zombies and other terrifying characters. The legend of the woods and Wicked Willie, a man almost 7 feet tall with an IQ of a second grader and horse-sized teeth that now roams the woods, goes deep. Read it here. $16-$22 per person with $2 parking.

Dates: September 30, October 1, 7-8, 14-16, 21-23, 28-31
Hours: Hours vary depending on the weekend, but most nights go to 11 p.m.
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Pinhead’s Graveyard
2009 Asheville Highway, Canton (91 miles)

This self-guided tour is a half-mile long, outdoor trail that takes more than 25 minutes to get through and filled with classic horror movie characters like Michael Meyers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger that lunge at you as you walk through the woods. $20 per person and free parking.

Dates: September 30, October 1, October 6 – 31 and November 1
Hours: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday
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Rosedale Plantation
3427 North Tryon Street

The plantation is hosting paranormal investigations with professional ghost hunters, Midnight in the Garden and Spirits of Rosedale Plantation, where guests will meet spirits that have found themselves stuck here for reasons like greed and epidemics. Prices vary.

Dates: Paranormal Grounds Investigation (October 21, 22), Paranormal House Investigation (October 22), Midnight in the Garden (October 22), The Spirits of Rosedale Plantation (October 28, 29)
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14523 Carowinds Boulevard

Expect characters like zombies, vampires, clowns and butchers to sneak up on you as you walk through Carowinds after dark. Attractions this year include Dark Harvest, Psycho Circus and Blood Drums. $55.99 per person, $28.99 if you order online. Read Katie’s take on this year’s Scarowinds here.

Dates: Friday and Saturdays in September and Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October through the 30th
Hours: 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. on October 15, 22 and 29
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Scarrigan Farms
1213 Oakride Farm Highway, Mooresville (32 miles)

The 170-acre farm is transformed into a self-guided, outdoor trail filled with all things creepy after dark. Creepy to the point that they believe that “if someone hasn’t peed in their pants by the end of the night,” they haven’t done their job. $25 per person with free parking.

Dates: September 30, Thursday – Sunday until October 31
Hours: Shows start at dark, but tickets are on sale between 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
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Shelby Corn Maze
110 Broadway Drive, Shelby (53 miles)

Shelby Corn Maze is mum when it comes to what to expect in the corn maze, but warns participants to “expect the worst and hope for the best.” $12 per person.

Dates: Friday and Saturday nights in October
Hours: Dark to close
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The Dark Knight’s Terror Trail
2076 Highway Church Road, Elgin, South Carolina (76 miles)

Expect a guided trail through a warehouse with the Dark Knight’s prisoners, an outdoor guided trail through the woods, a zombie zone in which you use weapons to make your way out alive and 5-minute escape rooms with themes like Rigg’s Morgue and Uncle Creepy’s Escape Camper (18+ only). Tickets are $13-$22 and escape rooms cost an extra $5 (or 2 for $8).

Dates: September 30, October 1, October 7-8, Octboer 13-15, October 20-23, October 26-31 and November 4 and 5.
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The Haunted Pyramids
2745 Toney Road, Lawndale (55 miles)

Each ticket grants participants access to four haunted houses: Haunted Pyramids, Clown Town in 3D, The Asylum and Monster Manor in 3D. $22 per person (cash only).

Dates: September 23-24, 30, October 1, 7-9, 14-15, 21-22, 28-31
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The Maze of Terror
20935 NC 73 Highway, Albemarle (33 miles)

The maze is home to ghosts, inbred hillbillies (really), clowns and scarecrows, but if that doesn’t bother you, you can always make your way through graveyards, tunnels, over bridges and take a haunted bus ride. Everything is outdoor. $12 per person on Friday, $15 per person on Saturday.

Dates: October 9 – November 1
Hours: Tickets are sold from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., but the maze stays open until the last person has made its way through. Only 400 tickets per night.
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The 13th Acre
3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe

Expect clowns and other nightmare fuel on this outdoor trail. Tickets are $11 per person.

Dates: Friday and Saturday nights between September 30 – October 29
Hours: Dark until 11:30 p.m.
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Woods of Terror 
5601 North Church Street, Greensboro (91 miles)

Attractions this year include a Monster Parade, Arachnophobia (exactly what it sounds like), Night Stalkers (in which customers are harvested instead of corn), Industrial Nightmare (laid-off employees have come back to inhabit the plant and survive on visitors), The Purge: Anarchy and Blackout Terror (guests’ faces are covered by a black hood). See the full list here. Tickets range from $17 to $47 per person.

Dates: September 23 – November 5
Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Thursday and November 4-5, 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. on October 15, 22 and 29, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Monday
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Zombie Attack
1680 East Main Street, Rock Hill, South Carolina (22 miles)

Pile into a ZRV (Zombie Response Vehicle) with a paintball gun to send the zombies and their impending apocalypse back to where they came from. $25 per person.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays between October 8 and 29
Hours: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
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Zombie Hollow
330 Lewis Road, Gastonia (21 miles)

Participants are transported to post-apocalyptic town Zombie Hollow in 1985. The town is home to the “most deadly virus known to mankind” designed by the government, but it got out of control, and participants are left to fend for themselves against zombies and people left behind that have gone mad. There’s a thorough backstory – read it here. $5-$10 per person.

Dates: September 30, October 1, 7-8, 14-16, 21-23, 27-31
Hours: Ticket sales start at 7 p.m., show runs on Friday and Saturday from dark to midnight and dark to 10 p.m. on Sunday and weeknights
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Zombie Hunt
100 Wolfpack Road, Gastonia (32 miles)

Grab a paintball gun and 100 glow in the dark paintballs for a guided walk through fields filled with zombies. If you make it through, try your way through the Containment Area. $25 per person.

Dates: Every Friday and Saturday night starting September 23
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Feature photo via Scarrigan Farms

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