by Lenise Willis

Sometimes a shot of fear is just the adrenaline that many thrill-seekers crave, and the month of October is full of satisfying opportunities.

Ongoing through the beginning of November are several haunted houses and trails, one of which being Woods of Terror on North Church Street. The haunted trail includes 10 attractions, such as the rockin’ ship of Blackbeard’s Revenge, a house of vampires, a haunted cornfield and an infestation of snakes and creepy crawlies. Admission $15- $30, parking $5. For more information and a $4 discount visit

Kersey Valley’s Spookywoods may just give other haunted attractions a run for their lives…er.. money with this year’s new addition of a Military Zombie Shootout, an interactive game of laser tag where visitors must fight through zombie soldiers for the exit. The indoor/outdoor event, located on Kersey Valley Road in Jamestown, contains five attractions, including House of Darkness, Prison Break, Spookywoods, Fright Lights and the Shootout. Admission $20-$30, parking $5. For more information visit or call 336.285.0548.

X-treme Fear, located on Yanceyville Street in Greensboro, is an indoor/outdoor event that trails through isolated woods filled with demons, minions and even Pinhead. Admission $20; print page on for $5 off. Visit for more information.

Castle of Horror, filled with guts, gore and gremlins, in Reidsville also has a Cannibal Creek out back to provide a full night of chilling entertainment. The Creek is an interactive and physically demanding haunt that begins with a 25-foot descent into a pit. Warning: Visitors are touched and exposed to graphic scenes of violence. Admission $15 for castle or creek, $25 for both attractions. Visit www. for more information and a $5 combo pass coupon.

Mountain of Terror in Asheboro has been redesigned this year and includes such attractions as Maze of Mayhem, an all new Terror Slide and Miner’s Matinee, in which your reactions are recorded for YouTube. Outdoor shoes required. Admission $15. Visit or call 336.861.0532 for more information.

Hacker House, built on a legend in Pilot Mountain, has a self-guided, indoor/outdoor tour that begins with a visit to the courtyard where Granny Hacker’s shack still stands and goes through the recently reopened graveyard, crypts and grounds and ends with a frightening escape through the old town city limits. Admission $15. For more information call 336.351.DARK or visit

The Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp is a must-see haunted attraction with real props from Hollywood movies. The show is owned and operated by award-winning film makers Dean and Starr Jones, who worked on such films as Day of the Dead and Pirates of the Caribbean. Visit for more information. Admission $20. Open rain or shine.

For an all-inclusive list of North Carolina’s best haunted attractions, as well as some discounts, visit