Ghouls and goblins are roaming freely at three haunted attractions in Columbia County.
The Fright Factory of Georgia opened Sept. 24 inside a 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Martinez.
As the "story" goes, four teens were murdered in the 1970s by an escaped convict, who was never found and is rumored to frequent the scene.
Those operating the haunted house added to this year's attraction several new chilling scenes, including a state medical prison bus crash resulting in prisoners fleeing into the warehouse, said Fright Factory owner Bob Mehassey.
"We made it look like it crashed through the wall," said Mehassey, adding that he didn't want to give away too much information about the haunt.
Inside the warehouse, those brave enough to enter will trek through a morgue, graveyard, insane asylum and gore room, Mehassey said.
This is the second year of the Fright Factory of Georgia, which is located at 4304 Sudan Drive off Wheeler Road near Adventure Crossing.
The haunted warehouse is open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until Halloween. Tickets are available at the door and cost $15 for adults and $12 for children ages 10 and younger.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Georgia chapter.
Young children are not encouraged to visit Fright Factory, Mehassey said.
For information about the Fright Factory, visit www.frightfactoryofgeorgia.com.
On the other side of the county, Harlem's Haunted Warehouse will also remain open through Halloween night.
The 28-foot-by-64-foot building houses about 25 frightening characters aiming to scare crowds, said Hope Dean, who is operating the haunted house with her brother and ex-husband.
"Don't let the size fool you, because it's action-packed on the inside," she said.
Each week, scenes and characters change within the haunt, Dean said.
"We've got different themes going on in each room," she said. "It's kind of like a maze on the inside."
The attraction, geared more toward preteens and adults, takes about 15 minutes to walk through, Dean said.
The warehouse is located in downtown Harlem on Verdery Street and opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Tickets cost $12 for those ages 12 and older, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for anyone 5 years old and younger. Those who bring a flier or school identification will receive $2 off the ticket price.
Proceeds from each ticket will help fund restoration costs of the Columbia Theatre in Harlem.
Nightmare Plantation, at 1110 Dodge Lane near Grovetown, spans 15 acres and surrounds horse enthusiast John Dodge's former winter home, built in 1912.
Those who dare will tour a fabricated graveyard into a historic 8,500-square-foot barn and back outside, where the haunt continues. Actors from Le Chat Noir, a nonprofit theater group in Augusta, are volunteering as characters.
Much of the story revolves around a character named Bobby Bones, who died in a harness racing accident and stayed on site as the "caretaker of lost souls," said Don Dyches, the director of Nightmare Plantation.
The haunt also incorporates aspects of the Augusta State Medical Prison, located next to the property.
"That human element is really what scares," he said.
Dyches said parents should use discretion when bringing children to Nightmare Plantation, which he gives a PG-13 rating.
Nightmare Plantation starts at 6:30 p.m. and takes place Thursday through Sunday until Halloween.
Tickets cost $20 Friday and Saturday, and $15 Thursday and Sunday. Those with military identification will receive $3 off admission.
For details, visit www.nightmareplantation.net.
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