If you swear by your sixth sense and have an affinity for cornfields and paying people to scare you, then this list of spooky events in and around Moore County is what you’ve been looking for.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 22 and 29: Sycamore Lodge Resort holds the Sycamore Lodge Haunted Forest, an annual event in Jackson Springs that raises money for the Lymphoma Society. From 7:30-11:30 p.m., make your way through 10 themed houses and a graveyard in this attraction not recommended for kids under 10. Tickets are $15 each. Run like you hear banjos.
Now through Nov. 13: Aberdeen Fear Factory has been serving up fear to adults for over a decade, but this year they’re scarin’ the little ones too with their new child-friendly “Fun House Haunt.” Other activities include outdoor Zombie Outbreak Paintball, $15 per person, and a Haunted House, $25 per person. Get spooked.
Now through Oct. 30, 7-10p.m.: Ghost hunters are invited to partake in an evening of paranormal activity at the Backwoods Terror Ranch, located at Sweet Valley Ranch in Fayetteville. Tour the Surgeon Manor — where residents disappeared at the hands of an experimental surgeon — the Graveyard, and the Slaughterhouse which houses the doctor’s hybrid abominations. It’s alive!
Now through Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m.: Take a turn for the worst at Stoney Point’s Trail of Terror in Hope Mills. Tickets are $20. Live music and the screams from the indoor trail will intermix to create the evening’s soundtrack. If you conquer the trail and want something a little more personal, paintball will be available in the zombie gallery … if you think you can kill the undead. It might cost you an arm and a leg.
Oct. 21-31: Check out the real estate in Hell this October with the full Devils Playground experience in Lillington. First Class Passengers, $15 per person, may be separated from their group, thrown into hell alone or with strangers and will end the tour wet, dirty, and/or (fake) bloody. After your stay with good ole Luci grab concessions to get re-powered for carnival style games, zombie tag, and axe throwing. General admission is $25. It’s gettin’ hot in here.
Oct. 21-Nov. 5: If you’re feeling bold, test your aim with axe throwing or head to the Gellyball Zombie Shoot. Afterward pay a visit to Floki the deranged clown and the other monsters, demons, and supernatural beings that are confined to the cabins, houses, mine shafts, swamps, villages, and woods on the Spooky Bottom Haunted Trail in Seagrove. End the night listening to live music while you eat a sweet treat and recompose yourself. General admission is $35; military gets in free with an ID. You’ll float too.
Oct. 22-29, 7-11:30 p.m.: Creep through a haunted house or defend yourself from hangry zombies during the Black Ops Haunted House Zombie Hayride in Fayetteville. As you ride through dark woods, abandoned buildings, and ancient ruins you’ll have to fight your way toward freedom using mounted cannons and flesh melting glow in the dark ammo. Enter each attraction for $30 or get an all access pass which grants entry to both for $45. It’s a no brainer.
Oct. 28-29, 7-10 p.m.: Take in the air of the Campbell Houses Haunted grounds as you winde along the dark road of the Layers of Fear Haunted Trail; admission is $5 per person. But beware, you may not be the only creature lurking in the shadows. I see dead people.
If drinking pumpkin spice lattes and dancing around to Monster Mash is all the hocus pocus you need this spooky season, check out some fall happenings that might be more your style.