Halloween Is Brewing with Fun at These Upstate Attractions

The leaves are falling and the temperatures are finally starting to get cooler. What does that mean? That it’s almost Halloween in the Upstate. The Upstate has a ton of great options for Halloween, whether you want a scary woods experience, a haunted house or a family friendly event, the Upstate has something for everyone’s ghoulish tastes.

Nightmare Dungeon

Considered to be one of the scariest and longest-running haunted houses in the Upstate, this attraction has been haunting people for nearly 20 years. Put on by Scream Productions, this is an old two-story farmhouse walk-thru attraction with real actors. All new for 2017 is the Abandoned Cabin, which visitors can tour along with Nightmare Dungeon for $30 ($20 for children under 10)—and another new feature is that all tours are self-guided, so no more waiting in line!

Location: 645 Old Anderson Road, Greenville (Powdersville area)

Dates/Times: Open night from September 15 through November 5

More Information: 864-905-2289 or the Nightmare Dungeon website


The Big Boo and Nighttime Wagon Rides at Stewart Farms

The pumpkin patch and corn maze at Stewart Farms are open Friday through Sunday starting September 23rd, and the Big Boo starts October 13th. This family-friendly event is perfect for smaller children. Stewart Farms takes half of their corn maze and spooks it up. Nighttime wagon rides are lit with pumpkins and Halloween scenes, but they aren’t scary.

Location: Stewart Farms, 6600 Highway 92, Enoree, SC

Prices: Click here for prices of various events

Dates/Times: Friday and Saturday nights from October 13th-28th

More Information: Stewart Farms website


The Boneyard Trail of Terror

This outdoor trail and maze has visitors strolling through a graveyard and hiking through the woods. Jason and Michael Myers are sure to make an appearance as you head down an abandoned mine shaft.

Location: 151 Barnett Road, Campobello,SC

Prices: $15.00 adults, $10.00 children 10 and under, $1.00 for parking

Dates/Times: October 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, and October 26-November 4

More Information: The Boneyard website


Nightmare Hollow

Nightmare Hollow is a haunted trail along the Tyger River.  This thirty five-minute adventure is full of bone-chilling haunts and tortured souls waiting for their revenge.

Location: 3411 Reidville Road, Spartanburg

Prices: $15.00 each; $5.00 for kids 10 and under; $2 per car for parking

Dates/Times: September 29-30, October 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, and 26-31,  Dusk until at least 11pm

More Information: 864-809-8115 or the Nightmare Hollow website

Mad World Haunted Attraction

Brand new for 2017, an even scarier experience: PHOBIA. Interactive rooms, dark hallways, and creepy woods full of your worst fears. Or, for families (or people who don’t want to be scared out of their wits), there are fall family events including hay mazes, face painting, pumpkin picking, and more.

Location: 147 Country Manor Road, Piedmont

Prices: Find PHOBIA pricing here and family fun pricing here

Dates/Times: All events run weekends from September 22-November 4; click here for times of day and night events

More Information: Mad World website


Greenville Rec’s Enchanted Forest (presented by Safe Kids Upstate)

A fun trick-or-treat experience for children 10 and under, with storybook characters, a maze, face painting, carnival games, and a costume contest in three age groups each night. No charge for parents or children under 2, unless they are participating in events.  

Prices: $5 in advance; $7 at the door (Children only, ages 10 and under)

Dates/Times: October 26-27, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; October 28, 5:00-9:00p.m. 

Location: Pavillion Recreation Complex, 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors

More Information: Visit the Greenville Rec website.


Future Scholar Boo at the Zoo—Greenville

This year, Future Scholar is sponsoring the Greenville Zoo’s annual “Boo in the Zoo,” a safe and harmless way to have fun with the twelve and under kid-set. Kids should come in costume and they will trick-or-treat their way around the zoo. New this year are a Not-Very-Scary House sponsored by ScanSource and Dragon Alley.

Prices:  Free for a member adult and $6 for a member child; $6 for non-member adult and $7 for a non-member child. 

Location: 150 Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville, SC

Dates/Times: October 20-22, 27-29, Fridays: 5:30pm-8:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays: 4:00pm-8:00pm

More Information: 864-467-4300 or the Greenville Zoo website


Wompus Woods Haunted Trail

“Where the woods come alive” is their tagline at this outdoor attraction. There is a Wompus beast roaming the woods and visitors may encounter it along the path along with other ghoulish creatures.

Location: 231 Parris Road, Cowpens. Take I-85 to exit 83 (Hwy110).  Go West towards Cowpens.  Turn Left onto Mount Olive Rd and then turn left at Parris Road.  There will be signs to follow.

Ticket information: click here

Dates/Times:  September 30, October 6-7, 13-15, 20-22, and 26-31.  Sunday- Thursday, dusk til 11pm, Friday and Saturday, Dusk Till 2am

More Information: 864-680-4743 or the Wompus Woods website

There are more Halloween activities taking place across the Upstate. Please check the calendar on the OurUpstateSC.info website for more information.

Photo and Credits: Banner—South Carolina State Parks; top right—Stewart Farms; center left—Nightmare Hollow; bottom right—Greenville Rec

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