By Dameon Herring, Greeneville Neighbor News Intern
Haunted attractions in East Tennessee are offering great scares throughout the month of October.
Here are five affordable spook fests that should deliver chills, thrills and good fun.
Myers Pumpkin Patch
Widely known for hosting weddings, birthday parties and family reunions throughout the year, Myers Pumpkin Patch hosts their Trail of Terror each October.
The Trail annually draws thousands of fright seekers and is one of the region’s largest agritourism attractions, said director Vera Ann Myers.
“On your haunted journey, you will brave your way through five acres of terrifying trails, with ten-foot-high corn stalks as your walls,” Myers said.
Located at 3415 Gap Creek Road in western Greene County, The Trail of Terror has thrilled people for more than twenty years.
The Trail is open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2 and on Halloween Night (Thursday, Oct. 31) for $10 per person.
The fun begins at dark and continues through at least 11 p.m.
For more information on the Myers Farm, visit MyersPumpkinPatch.com.
FrightWorks began in the summer of 1999 in Knox County, where Rob Knolton developed a passion for haunted houses.
After years of hosting Halloween parties at his home, he envisioned something much larger.
A couple years later, Knolton partnered with his friend Andy Skelley to create what was the original FrightWorks haunted house.
Over the next few years, FrightWorks raised more than $100,000, with proceeds benefiting various charities.
In 2008, after a three-year hiatus, Knowlton decided to resurrect FrightWorks.
“I wanted to see if I could make it an independent small business,” he said.
Today, FrightWorks is one of the largest haunted houses in East Tennessee, with tickets priced at $19.95 each.
FrightWorks is open Thursdays through Sundays in October, plus Wednesday, Oct. 30; Friday, Nov. 1; and Saturday, Nov. 2.
Located at 1904 W. Emory Road in Powell, the attraction opens at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit FrightWorks.com.
Fenders Farms offer more than 45 different haunted activities for the Halloween season.
Located at 254 Highway 107 in Jonesborough, there will be fun for folks of all ages.
Back in 2000, Carol Fender, owner of Fenders Farm, thought it would be fun to dress some of the corn maze in scary attire for Halloween.
Little did he know, this would become a popular success that would have customers eager to come back every year.
Fenders Farm is introducing four new attractions this year – the Insane Inn, Maniac Maze, Redneck Zombie Paintball and Buried Alive.
The haunted attraction will cost $10 for one activity, $15 for two attractions, and $20 for four.
Activities will continue every Friday and Saturday, from dark until 10 p.m., through Nov. 3.
For more information, visit FenderMaze.com
The Haunted Forest
Seven years ago, when haunted houses were scarcer in East Tennessee, the team at The Haunted Forest in Elizabethton decided to build their attraction to draw thousands of spook seekers.
The Haunted Forest began when a few people decorated seven “scare scenes” to terrify people who were willing to test it out.
Those seven scenes later grew into what is presented today – a total of 32 scare scenes, spread over three acres of land.
Admission is $8 for adults and children five and older. Kids four and under get in free.
The frightful nights are 8 until 11 p.m. each Friday and Saturday through Nov. 2.
The Haunted Forest is located at 141 Hubbard Drive in Elizabethton.
For more information, visit TheHauntedForest.webs.com.
Trick-or-Treat In The Haunted Forest
For the seventh year, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone will host trick-or-treating.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the park will feature a path of candlelit mason jars through the woods, where costumed characters will hand out candy.
Dawn Elberbawy, the park’s law enforcement officer, said the park would deliver beautiful nature views, creepy characters and tasty treats.
“We just wanted to give the kids a great Halloween experience in a safe environment,” she said.
While admission to trick-or-treating is free, the park requests $1 donations from visitors. The event will run 7-8 p.m.
For more information, send email to Elberbawy at Dawn.Elberbawy@tn.gov.
[Dameon Herring is a Tusculum College senior, majoring in digital media and minoring in journalism. The Atlanta native is a member of the college’s football team.]