Halloween is nearly here, and if you’re ready for thrills, chills, and goosebumps, it’s time to plan a trip to a haunted house! There are lots of spooky, creepy, and scary events in the Charlotte area. If this is your kind of terrifying fun, here’s where you need go this year!
The Fear Farm
Located in Blacksburg, South Carolina, the Fear Farm is really five attractions in one location. It’s also been voted the scariest haunted house for five years in a row — so keep the little ones at home. When you go, choose from five options: Fear Farm Midway which is where you buy tickets and enjoy carnival food and games; Abyss where you have to make your way through total darkness; Dr. Feelgood’s House of Dentistry; The Farm House; and the Ringmaster’s Circus Academy (as if clowns weren’t already terrifying enough). The cost is $20 per person, and Fear Farm is open every weekend in October and on Halloween night.
Lake Hickory Haunts
Ever wanted to go to a haunted theme park? Lake Hickory Haunts in Hickory, North Carolina may be the creeptastic fun you’ve been looking for. Choose from three main areas to get scared until you scream: The Nightmare Factory Morgue, the Lair of the Undead, and the Big Top Circus. General admission is $35 per person with a discount for military, police, and fire fighter personnel. Parking is $5 per vehicle (cash only). You can also purchase a VIP pass for $50 per person. Lake Hickory Haunts is open every Friday through Sunday in October, on Halloween, and the first weekend in November.
With all those mummies entombed in the pyramids in Egypt, they must be haunted, right? The Haunted Pyramids in Laundale, North Carolina sure are! It’s so scary in fact that only adults are allowed in. Choose from five horrifying locations in one: The Haunted Pyramids, Monster Manor, Carnival of Terror, The Abandoned, and Dr. Venom’s Snake Pit. The cost is $25 per person or $60 for a season pass (cash only). They haunted houses open at 7:00 p.m. (even when it rains) and don’t close until well after the witching hour. Like the other options, Haunted Pyramids is also open every weekend in October, plus October 31 through November 2.
Insanitarium: Nightmare on Main Street
Want to get creeped out, and then relax at a fun block party? Head to Laurinburg, North Carolina to the Insanitarium: Nightmare on Main Street. Admission to the haunted house is $10 per person, but the block party is free! Only people 12 and older are allowed into the Insanitarium, though. It’s open on October 19, 20, 26, and 27 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight so get there while you can! You can also pay $20 per person for a fast pass to avoid lines and wait times.
Gilbert House of Terror
If you’re looking for an authentic haunted house experience, head to Gilbert, South Carolina to the Gilbert House of Terror. You’ll get a terrifying and haunting guided tour of the house, with 20 or so scary scenes to walk through. The cost is $15 per person with proceeds benefiting multiple organizations: Palmetto Therapeutic Riding Program, Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program, First Calvary Food Pantry, and Gilbert Boy Scout Troop 60. This haunted house is open from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on October 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, and 31 and November 1.
Whether you love Halloween for the terrifying haunted houses or for the candy, Happy Halloween to you from all of us at Charlotte Insurance!