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Fright nights

Haunted houses lure brave souls

Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2009

Guests brave enough to visit Plantation Blood not only will have to face terrifying monsters and characters from popular horror flicks but also might run into some supernatural spirits.

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The haunted attraction is tucked away on about 20 acres at 1110 Dodge Lane just outside Grovetown's city limits. The plantation is about 140 years old, said Jeremy Kendrick, who runs Plantation Blood with John Carter.

"There have been sightings," he said. "(The property owner) says there are ghosts in the house that walk up and down the steps all night long."

The tour of terror, complete with special effects and music, will start at the house's backyard, where a guide will direct a group of about 12 into a 1,200-square-foot house that was constructed for the event. The group will be led through a graveyard, a swamp and inside a 40,000-square-foot barn. Those daring enough will then venture to Friday the 13th's Camp Crystal Lake, followed by a toxic wasteland and, lastly, an area crawling with werewolves.

Plantation Blood opened Oct. 2 with about 2,000 people showing up during the first week, Kendrick said.

The entire tour takes nearly an hour to complete.

"A lot of people don't think so, because the whole time they're screaming and yelling, but it really takes a long time," Kendrick said.

Horror-film characters incorporated into the attraction include those from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre , Halloween , Thirteen Ghosts, Night of the Living Dead, and A Nightmare on Elm Street .

"Every movie that you can think of that's a horror movie, we've got a part in there from it," Kendrick said.

From 60 to 70 volunteers have signed up to work, said Kendrick, who said every character is in full costume.

Plantation Blood will open at 8 p.m. today, Thursday through Oct. 18, Oct. 22-25, Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, and Nov. 5-8.

On Halloween, all lights on the property will be turned off. Those seeking thrills will take the tour without a guide and armed only with flashlights.

Kendrick said visitors as young as 8 years old have endured the frights better than some adults.

"You'd be surprised when kids love it and adults freak out," he said.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $15 for children and $10 for military personnel. Adults will receive a $3 discount if they bring a canned-good donation for Golden Harvest Food Bank. Group rate discounts apply.

"It's never a dull moment when you're out there," Kendrick said. "It's just nonstop."

For information about Plantation Blood, visit www.plantation blood.com.

A second haunted house in Columbia County also is available.

The Fright Factory of Georgia is in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse at 4304 Sudan Road in Martinez near Adventure Crossing.

The haunted house is open Thursdays through Sundays from 7-11 p.m. until Halloween night.

It will be open every day leadOct. 22-31. Tickets cost $10.

For information about The Fright Factory, visit www.frightfactoryofgeorgia.com.



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