By Katheryn Bourne- Staff Writer
Howling wolves and the sounds of chains clattering beckon guests through winding halls and dark doorways. With no guide and no lights to see, wandering fearfully and hoping the end is near seems to be the only option to escape the haunted town and get far away from the ghoulish characters living within.
The creators of Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern hosted Dread Hollow Girl’s Night, a haunted house experience, on Thursday Oct. 17 at their compound at 321 Browns Ferry Rd. in Chattanooga from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. The haunted experience began on Sept. 27 and will continue throughout the month of October until Halloween.
Dread Hollow is a nationally ranked haunted experience and a member of the top ten must-see haunted houses in Tennessee by TheScareFactor.com. While not open for children under 12, the experiences offers a 20,000 sqft. compound for those who enjoy frightful fun.
Tickets begin at $22 and group tours are available. Dread Hollow also has on-scene safe rooms. The creators of the haunt recommend wearing closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing. They warn that guests will get wet during the experience.
Each year Dred Hollow operates comes with a new theme, offering multiple scenes associated with these themes. The 2019 theme at the haunt is the cursed town and includes haunted woods, hospitals, and a town square. Guests are in the midst of an election to determine Dread Hollow’s mayor, and they can vote after going through the haunt.
Lindsey Stovall, an attendee to the haunt, expressed her feelings about the experience.
“I thought it was really scary honestly,” Stovall said. “ I’m glad there weren’t kids here, because it would have definitely been traumatic for them. I’d go again, just after I’ve had some time to recover my voice from screaming.”
Rhett Thompson, another guest of the haunt, especially enjoyed the theme of this year’s experience.
“I felt like I was in three different haunted houses,” Thompson began. “The woods were the scariest for me since they had really realistic looking monsters running around and chasing us. They flung water on us, which in the dark threw me out of my comfort zone. I’m going again no doubt about it.”
Dread Hollow is open Thursdays through Sundays in October, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Information about tours, calendars, ticket purchasing, and a longer explanation of the history of this haunt can be found online at dreadhollow.com or on the haunt’s various social media accounts.