Time is running out for visiting haunted houses

Allison S.

Staff Writer

Among many fun and exciting Halloween activities, the haunted house stands on the top of the list. Along with many neighborhood versions of haunted houses, there are plenty of popular ones to visit in the Atlanta area. If you are in the mood for a scream, these destinations should be the next go-to on your fall activities list.

The most thrilling haunted house in Georgia is Netherworld, which is ranked as one of the top haunted houses in the nation. The attraction is packed with terrifying live actors, awesome special effects, and horrifying monsters. Guests are shuffled through the haunted walkways in darkness while being screamed at and scared by the creatures within the set. Senior Hunter Forbes explains, “I love watching people’s reactions as they enter the darkness. I like going because of how entertaining it is to watch other people.” Netherworld consists of two different attractions: the Dead Ones and the Boogeyman.

In the Dead Ones, ghosts and spirits are portrayed from the angering graves below. They appear because people ignore superstitions and do not pay attention to them. Netherworld has captured the demons and put them on display for the visitors, so those who are daring should enter the world of the Dead Ones and relive the past. The Boogeyman explores six kid’s common nightmares and the doctors’ horrifying experiments of why they have these nightmares. The guests in this attraction experience what the kids dream about daily. Senior Amanda Buckles states, “You cannot really tell what the storyline is when you are going through the attraction because you are so scared and focused on what is going on around you.” If you want to visit Netherworld, it might be a good idea to go check out the website to get details on the exhibit.

Because many people have visited Netherworld, the haunted house changes the stories and settings every year to make the experience as exhilarating as possible. Junior Emily Zillwiger commented, “I have gone to Netherworld two times, and both were fantastic.” She also added, “I hope I am able to go again.” Netherworld is such a thrilling attraction that people travel from out of state to come and visit. Netherworld is conveniently located about 45 minutes from Woodstock in Norcross. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gates. Dead Ones costs 22 dollars a fright festperson (25 dollars on Fridays and Saturdays), and for a cheap price of 28 dollars (30 dollars on Friday and Saturday), guests can visit both the attractions. Teacher Josh Sailers adds, “I want to go this year just because it is cheap entertainment. You don’t come across prices like this often.”

Netherworld’s times can be found on the website, each night has different operating hours. Whether it is spending quality bonding time with a group of friends while screaming your lungs out or just going for the reaction of others, Netherworld is definitely an attraction that cannot be missed!

If Netherworld is not the place for you, there is a new haunted house, Containment, at Atlantic Station. Containment is a 25,000-square-foot, quarter mile long maze, making it the largest haunted house in the Atlanta area. The visitors, or so called victims, are taken along a 1,300 foot trail of terror where they experience many mysterious behaviors from a train crash that was carrying demonic artifacts. Those willing to experience this frightening event may visit Containment through November 3. The hours of operation depend on the night, and tickets are 25 dollars each. Although the amount of time spent on the trail varies, most people block out sixty to ninety minutes to allow for lines.

Another haunted attraction in Georgia is Fright Fest at Six Flags. This attraction includes family-friendly thrills and scares during the day and more at night. With Halloween shows and attractions, terror trails, zombie zones, and many terrifying characters, visitors are bound to have a good time! Sophomore Megan Pierce says, “I went to Fright Fest this past weekend and loved it. I didn’t think it was that scary, but I didn’t go into any of the extra attractions. It was still a lot of fun though, especially since I went with a group of people.” This year, the park introduced a new terror trail called Total Darkness, which is a maze in complete darkness. This attraction costs an extra fee but is very worth it. In total, Six Flags offers six haunted walk-throughs and four different scare zones. Fright Fest ran through October 27; those who did not get a chance to go should definitely keep this event in mind for next year.

There are plenty of haunted exhibits to go visit before the month ends, so get some friends together and go experience the screams for yourself!

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