It’s Halloween weekend, and you know what that means.
Time to get your fright on.
We’ve pulled together a few of the scariest attractions around – none recommended for young kids.
Be sure to bring cash, as most of these haunted houses are cash-only.
And, another tip: Don’t go alone.
HALL OF HORRORS: This is among the oldest – and scariest – of the Midlands’ Halloween attractions. This year, at Brentwood Behavioral, “Evil Never Dies.” You’ll run from blood-thirsty, needle-wielding doctors and seriously afflicted patients – and if you make it out without a good scare, you’d be lucky. Blackout nights are particularly popular; guests have only a glow-stick to find their way through the haunted house.
Blackout night, Thursday, Oct. 29; show starts at 7:30 p.m.; box office closes at 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, show starts at 8 p.m., box office closes at 11 p.m. 1153 Walter Price St., Cayce. $10; RIP admission, $20. www.hallofhorrors.com
DECEASED FARM’S MADNESS MURDER & MAIZE: Two complete haunted houses. The main haunt encompasses three buildings with state-of-the-art props and sets inhabited by more than 30 live characters and surrounded by a 2-acre haunted corn maze. And there’s 3-D-ceased, a unique experience in which the terror surrounds you as don 3-D glasses. Intense. Props for the 3-D aspect.
Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Nov. 1. Ticket sales start nightly at 7:30 p.m., with last ticket sold at 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $13 to $35, depending on day of visit and number of attractions. 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington, next to corn maze at Clinton Cease Farm. (803) 530-9434, www.deceasedfarm.com
TERROR FALLS HAUNTED FARM: You won’t be bored with four haunted attractions: Bed Dead & Breakfast; Terror Trail (wander a mine, swamp and “gauntlet”); Field of Distortion; and Terror Falls Hospital. Frankly, the image on the home page was creepy enough for us.
Ticket sales start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 29-31, at 370 Mack St., Gaston. $15. www.terrorfalls.com
GILBERT HOUSE OF TERROR: Traditional outdoor haunt provides 13 terror-filled scenes and about 30 actors, sure to get a scream out of you.
DARK KNIGHT’S TERROR TRAIL: The Dark Knight is home to three haunted attractions. Wind your way ever deeper into an indoor haunted warehouse; embark on a dark hike into the woods outdoors; and enter the popular Zombie Zone, where you’re put into the middle of the action to go head-to-head with zombies.
7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31at 2076 Highway Church Road, Elgin. Tickets, $13-$30, depending on number of attractions. (803) 309-5586
Compiled by Dawn Kujawa , email@example.com
5 MORE FRIGHTFULLY FUN IDEAS
More grown-up Halloween events
GROWL AT THE MOON: The museum’s second annual after-hours Halloween party will include lunar observing, plus two laser shows – “Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” and “Waiting Far Away.” Also on tap: live music, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and customer beer growlers to take home. 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the S.C. State Museum, 301 Gervais St. $28, members; $35, general public. (803) 898-4921, www.scmuseum.org
“FRANKENSTEIN:” Celebrity actors Benedict Cumberbatch (Emmy winner for “Sherlock;” “The Imitation Game,” “The Hobbit”) thrills and Jonny Lee Miller (“Trainspotting,” “Mansfield Park,” “Elementary” TV series) star in this thrilling gothic tale, filmed at the National Theatre in London. Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, this production brings to life the story of scientist Victor Frankenstein and his accidental creation of the monstrous Creature. Aghast at his grotesque creation, Frankenstein casts the Creature out on its own into the hostile universe. Childlike in its innocence but horrid in form, the desperate Creature is cruelly mocked by the townspeople, and when it can take no more, becomes determined to track down its creator and exact revenge. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at Harbison Theatre, Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo. $15. www.harbisontheatre.org
“GOODNIGHT MOMMY” (R): Sometimes, you just want to be scared on Halloween. Really scared. Here’s a movie for you, playing at The Nick. Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face-changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize. The critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes: “Dark, violent, and drenched in dread, Goodnight Mommy is perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts.” 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at The Nickelodeon, 1607 Main St. $10. www.nickelodeon.org
HAUNTED HISTORY: Like a side of history with your Halloween fright? The Lexington County Museum will be taken over by specters and ghosts as it holds its fifth annual Haunted History Halloween program. This event will feature ghoulish guides who lead visitors on a spooky journey of the museum property and tell ghostly stories, including strange and unusual events in Lexington County’s antebellum and Civil War history. Watch out for frights and surprises around every corner. It’s billed as a family-friendly event, though it is not recommended for young children. 7 and 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30 at the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington. $6 for adults, $3 for children younger than 16. www.lex-co.sc.gov
ROCKIN’ HALLOWEEN: There are plenty of music and costume party options on the music scene.
At Music Farm, come in your Halloween costume for “Abbey Road Live – Beatles Tribute.” 92.1 The Palm will pick the best costume, and the winner will get a MVP Blackcard, giving you and a guest access to all Music Farm Productions shows for a year. 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30; doors open at 8 p.m. at 1022 Senate St. $12-$15. Ages 16 and older. www.musicfarm.com
Also at Music Farm, the WNOK Cares concert will benefit United Way Flood Relief, and features Charity Case and MAX. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 1022 Senate St. $15. www.musicfarm.com
Tin Roof’s Shell Shocked! Halloween 2015 includes a Ninja Turtle themed night with free “Secret of the OOOOZE” shots (just wear your costume) and Master Splinter style specials all night long. Register your costume with the staff for an 11:30 p.m. costume contest on the Tin Roof stage. Get the crowd to cheer loud – there’s a $500 prize at stake. Live music by Bois Obscur. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1022 Senate St. www.tinroofcolumbia.com
Compiled by Dawn Kujawa, firstname.lastname@example.org