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News: Visit a North Carolina haunt this weekend!
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 on: August 03, 2017, 12:50:17 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by packbacker
Sounds good!  We're trying to see if we can get a group of FrightSeekers together to visit Xscape!  And the Midway escape room sounds like a great idea- I've seen this work well at a  few haunts and helps with the wait time!

 on: August 03, 2017, 11:33:32 AM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by LakeHickoryHaunts
Hey Paul, I definitely recommend the Curse of the Mummy at Xscape I opened up this year. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed. Also, I'm planning on having a 3 minute escape game on our midway at LHH this season... the theme is yet to be unveiled!

to book at Xscape, visit

 on: July 30, 2017, 07:01:42 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by packbacker
I see that several haunts are branching out into offering Escape Rooms- either on site or with regular staff in other locations.  Lake Hickory Haunts and Haunted Mill come to mind in NC.  Anyone experienced one yet?  Thoughts, recommendations, or folks up for a pre-season Frightseekers trip?

 on: July 30, 2017, 06:46:46 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by packbacker
Found any destination haunts out there yet?  Even though it's not NC I hope you keep the FrightSeekers up to date on any western US haunts you find!

 on: July 26, 2017, 09:47:40 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by krb187
I mean, it's a little further than 7hrs but there is always Utah...

 on: June 28, 2017, 12:07:42 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by packbacker
The past several years we have visited Netherworld in Georgia......and it is amazing.  We've discussed, however, trying to branch out and check out a large/destination haunt within driving distance of central NC (up to 7hrs or so).   Any recommendations out there from frightseekers or haunt owners?

Looking forward to the upcoming season!

 on: November 03, 2016, 10:31:35 AM 
Started by Badger - Last post by Badger
13th Acre

Date attended: 10/29/2016

Scare Factor: 3/5
The 13th Acre is part of the A.W. Shucks Farm outside Monroe.  The farm features a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride, general store, train, and lots of kid's activities during the day.  However, once the sun goes down, lurking in the back of the farm, lies a sinister looking trail going off into the darkness.  The 'other' area of the farm is VERY well lit and not particularly eerie, but not in the back.  The trail is much darker and not recommended for young kids.   After getting my ticket, I got in line with some apprehensive customers and after a couple of words about not touching actors, etc, we were off.

Actors: 3.5/5
I will admit to putting on a training workshop at 13th Acres 5 day s before they opened.  Most of the actors who attended were young (high-school aged) kids and there were many of these working the trail.  The actors were rather enthusiastic and made the members of our group scream almost at will.  I enjoyed the interaction of the actors to the customers.  The clowns were frightening, the hillbillies disturbing, the chainsaw were gritty, and the group I was in screamed loudly and with pure terror.  I loved every minute of it.  If these actors stay here for a couple more seasons, their growth will only make this haunt better and better.

Set Design/Props/FX: 3.75/5
The first quarter of the trail is along what looks like cattle chutes at a slaughterhouse.  They do their job in creating an aura of dread and hopelessness as you move along the dirty corridors.  I would guess that 90% of the props are handmade and authentic.  13th Acre is delightfully primitive and refreshing from those large haunts filled with animatronics and thousand-dollar silicon masks.  I enjoyed it a lot.

Length: 2.75/5
15-20 minutes to go through to the trail.  No real complaints.  You could spend a couple hours at the corn maze, pumpkin patch, and other stuff.

Value: 4/5
From the website: Regular Ticket: $11.00 - Combo Ticket with Aw Shucks Farms: $18.00. That's a lot of fun for less than $20. There are merchandise and concession buildings and even a general store for shopping and such.

FREE PARKING! LOTS of things to do here. AW Shucks farm hosts weddings and school trips so be advised they may be going on while your're at the haunt.

Overall: 3.4/5
13th Acre is a fun haunt and convenient to Monroe or Waxhaw.  If you're going on a multiple haunt trip during the season, I recommend you giving it a look as you can get in and out in less than an hour.  Or come early, pick out a pumpkin (or several) get lost in the corn maze, and sample some tasty food from their concession shacks.  I enjoyed this one a lot and will be making it a part of my haunt tours in the future.

 on: November 02, 2016, 02:22:26 PM 
Started by Badger - Last post by Badger
Fear Farm

Date attended: 10/28/2016

Scare Factor: 4/5
Fear farm is located in the wilds of Upstate SC near Blacksburg.  It is dark, eerie, and foreboding as you journey through the rural countryside to get here.  We saw deer standing along the road  and I'm sure there have been some incidents while getting here.   Suddenly, there are lights up ahead and there it is. It's a large farm-like area with a pair of haunts.  The Fear Farm and the Ringmaster's Circus Academy.  You have to park in a field, walk past some old barns and shed en route to the ticket area, and then look waaay over there to get to the haunts.  We started off at the Ringmaster's Circus Academy which had a short line and a few characters roaming about.  We could hear screams and such coming from inside.  We got inside and were treated to a video recording of the Ringmaster reciting the rules (sorta) and sent us on our way.

Actors: 4.25/5
The actors working the queues at Fear Farm were spot on. They delivered lines spot-on, the pops were on point, and they cam at you again and again, especially if you showed fear.  It was a lot of fun watching some of the clowns at the circus pop out of doors and make customers scream.  Inside the circus maze, various monsters lurked about generally being scary and hiding once the scare was made.  The freak show actors were loud and creepy.  Inside Fear Farm itself, there were LOTS of good interactions with the groups and the screams reverberated throughout the walls of the old building.  Of course there were chainsaws.

Set Design/Props/FX: 4/5
I would hesitate to guess that a lot of the props inside the Fear Farm are probably genuine farm implements and tools. The scenes are detail rich and it takes a second to take much of it in.  The clown maze was cool and simple and when I looked back I was amazed to find that it was actually outdoors. Standing in line for the maze, the building look real and study.  Turns out they are only facades.  You got me there.  But I digress.  The only real complaint I have was the dark mazes (hate them) but fortunately, they were short and didn't detract from the overall experience.

Length: 4/5
Probably 20 minutes for the Ringmaster's Circus Academy and 25 for the Fear Farm.  No complaints.

Value: 4/5
From their website: "General Admission : $18 on site, $15 online RIP Pass (Entry and skip the line at both attractions) : $25 ULTIMATE VIP (Entry and skip the line at both attractions plus a T-shirt and glow stick) : $35 Concessions, games, and gift shop available on site.  NEW FOR 2016: WE NOW ACCEPT VISA AND MASTERCARD ON SITE AT TICKET BOOTH AND GIFT SHOP"

FREE PARKING!  They had a concession shop selling nice t-shirts, hats, etc.  I believe there was a food booth, but I can't remember.

Overall: 4.05/5
I and my companions thoroughly enjoyed Fear Farm and plan to make it a regular stop when we travel through the Upstate.  It's not too far off I-85 but you will have to take some dark roads.  I highly recommend you check out Fear Fair in 2017 and beyond because they have a fun and very spooky haunt.

 on: November 02, 2016, 11:38:17 AM 
Started by Badger - Last post by packbacker
Ahhhhhhhhhh, Booger Jim's.  We visited a few years ago and then again this October.  I've got giant safety concerns about the whole set-up.  The bamboo forest is unique and cool but the path seemed to be poorly leveled (if at all) and I found myself tripping constantly.  The handrail at the top of the hill is questionable at best.  We didn't run into the barrel issue but my friend left with multiple bruises from the chainsaws being slammed into her legs.  When leaving the house, we descended down some concrete steps with no railings.....and three to four chainsaws still hitting our legs.  Screaming_diana about ran off a 3 foot drop (no railings!) as they kept hitting her with the chainsaws despite me and her telling them to stop that it physically hurt. 

They have a lot of passion but need to learn when to say when.  I'm amazed they haven't had any serious injuries there.

 on: November 02, 2016, 11:29:56 AM 
Started by Badger - Last post by packbacker
A late happy Halloween from me..........but the spirit is always there Smiley

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