By Daniel McNeely, Chattanooga, Tenn., — Looking for a good scare this Halloween?
The Haunted Caverns is ranked number four on Buzzfeed’s “19 Terrifying Haunted Houses You Should Experience Before You Die,” and is top 10 in the nation. Ruby Falls explores its dark and tortured past every year around Halloween, beginning the last weekend of September, running through Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights to the end of October With an inside and outside haunt, the experience is frighteningly diverse. Be warned though, the haunting is not the only scary thing you may find, as Taylor Showley, a sophomore from Nashville, discovered. “It was a three hour line and cost $26.”
Blowing Screams Farm
For students looking for a slightly more manageable time table, Rock City’s Blowing Screams Farm offers an outdoor haunting at $16 a person, much more appealing to those on a tighter budget. However, Allison Quintanilla, Nashville junior, described the haunt as “not so much scary as uncomfortable. You’re in a very enclosed space, you can’t really breathe, there was mud everywhere, and sometimes people would chase you.”
If you want a haunted attraction that reminds you more of a carnival with a lot of gore, the Haunted Barn may be more to your thrill-seeking liking. The Barn features no lines; instead, customers can purchase a ticket then wait around a bonfire with friends, music and food — including fresh hot dogs, popcorn, an assortment of fried foods and funnel cake to top it off. The tour itself advertises as fairly intense, but that is to be expected with a $20 admission every Friday and Saturday throughout the month.
Acres of Darkness
What about going for a cause? If students need a better reason to pee their pants, the Acres of Darkness is a haunted woods experience put on by the Audobon Society to benefit protecting local wildlife and their habitat. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday starting Oct. 17, it features a bonfire, hay rides, face-painting and other festive fall activities. The forest is a family affair complete with a “kiddie trail.”
For the adults, it features an “Extreme Haunt Trail” that contains the usual gore and jump scares. At $15, it offers a reasonable price for a wide variety of
Need some budget help? Most haunted experiences offers group discounts for groups of 15 or more. For other coupons, visit their Facebook pages or websites for special membership deals.