Oooo ... scary!
Those bumps in the night have made their way to the Triad again.
Kersey Valley’s Spookywoods has opened this year to offer annual scares, screams and creeps to those willing to take the risk. The attraction brings in more than 20,000 people around the region during the Halloween season.
“Because of the national visibility and name recognition that we have, we pull in people from across the country,” said Elizabeth Penn, director of sales and business development. “Spookywoods is one of the most unique attractions in the nation because we utilize natural environment to create our own scares and scenes.”
The haunted attraction, located at 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale, started with a dare 28 years ago when founder Tony Wohlgemuth was 15 years old and decided to go with a group of friends to an abandoned farmhouse. After receiving a scare from a family of bats, Wohlgemuth and a group of teens decided to turn the farmhouse into a haunted house the following year.
Now the attraction takes up the majority of the 60-acre farm and has been listed No. 12 on the Top 13 Haunted Attractions of 2013 and Best Screampark Outdoor Haunted Attraction by Hauntworld.
“We are one of the older haunts in the country,” Penn said. “We start putting the show together in December for the next year. We work throughout the year to launch the show in late September. Everything is completely original from the characters, costumes and sets.”
The attraction features The Dreaded Inn, a haunted hotel, and Fright Lights, a walking tour out in the woods that includes a haunted mine. Guests travel through the alien-themed exhibit with one flashlight.
The Deadly Harvest is the haunted cornfield that guests walk through and the last exhibit is the Castle that includes a different nightmare in each room.
The popular zip line attraction also will be available to attendees.
“That takes guests on the backside of the farm and gives you an aerial view of Spookywoods,” Penn said.
While attendees should expect to wait 30 minutes to an hour to get in, Penn said it’s definitely worth it.
“The worth is absolutely worth it. We also offer a state-of-the-art concession facility, a cotton candy and kettle corn shop, a full gift shop, a homemade fudge shop and a disc jockey,” Penn said. “The ticket prices vary, but it is definitely not a 15-minute attraction. It would definitely take 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the population, to get through the attraction.”
For more information, prices and dates, visit www.spookywoods.com.
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