Cheryl Carswell and Phillip Stockard are determined to make nightmares come true.
After a one-week delay, the haunted attraction at 1110 Dodge Lane in Grovetown is set to open Thursday. Now in its third year, the creepy place has a few new surprises in store. Mainly, animatronics will be added to the spooky mix.
A guest might be able to anticipate an actor’s moves, but “if you see a 16-foot bat coming out of the ceiling, you’re not going to expect that,” Carswell said.
Carswell did not want to reveal too many details, but she said some of the buildings, like the Rules House, have been redone.
Soldiers from Fort Gordon will volunteer at the haunted attraction and will serve as actors, parking attendants, crowd control and troubleshooters.
“It connects them with the community,” Carswell said. “We need to support Fort Gordon. We need to let them know they’re welcome here.”
All of the profits will be donated to Channeled Paths, a nonprofit owned by Carswell and Stockard that provides free counseling to at-risk youths, and to the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project.
Nightmare Plantation will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Sunday until Nov. 3 and on Halloween, which is on a Wednesday this year. Tickets are $20 Thursday through Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Learn more at www.nightmareplantation.net.