Nashville’s Best Haunted Houses This Halloweekend
By Justin Stokes
It’s the last weekend of October, and because the month has zipped past for so many Nashvillians, we haven’t had time to take in the tenth month of the year properly. And as the month draws to a close, one has to ask themselves: “How many haunted houses did I get to really enjoy this year?”
It’s a solid question, and one that is greeted by no shortage of attractions. But, you only have this weekend, and you couldn’t possibly hit ‘em all, right? Between the cost and the time it would take, there’s simply no way.
We here at Forward Beat love a good scare. So here are three haunted attractions that should help you feel like you’ve celebrated Halloween properly, with links to each businesses website to help you find prices, location, hours, and other handy-dandy info. Of course, if we’re dead wrong, we invite you to let us know on the socials what we missed, and why you feel the attraction of your choice should be recommended.
If the drive out to the woods in Spring Hill doesn’t unnerve you, then you’re already dead.
Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods is bound to leave an impression on visitors willing to make the trek out of the way from civilization and into the woods where evils commence. The storytelling hayride is guaranteed fun for those who like a good yarn, but those wanting to hear the screams (instead of hearing about them) are urged to check out the actual haunt.
What I like about this haunt is it’s two-faced nature; it’s both indoor and outdoor, it proudly embraces an entire look at horror without cherry-picking things that are popular (even making otherwise “corny” elements work in terms of actually scaring people), and doesn’t use a template to carve out fright. Vancino is still the showman of years before, and Bloody Mary, the walkers on the trail, and the other creeps along the way should help kill more than just boredom.
It’s like a timeless evil, locked away and waiting for you to explore it.
Like Frank Cotton, Slaughterhouse shed its old skin a long time ago to pursue new, twisted pleasures. And it’s the husband and wife team of Ben and Stacey Dixon – professional filmmakers themselves who’ve made a few of their own horror films – that have seen that translation to horror culture’s finest into their reigns of Nashville’s longest running haunted attraction since 1986 that is now a theater of blood that would make Vincent Price pleased, serving dinners and having special guests that include Grandpa from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the original Michael Myers from Halloween.
This is a really fun haunt that has gotten better each year and proved that hard work and attention to detail matter more than props. “Intentionally misleading” is a term that might describe the pauses before the shudders, as your party will get used to the silence when you should really be listening in the darkness.
It definitely has some of the best scares it’s seen in years, and those clowns in that maze mentioned something about being involved in this scare that’s taken that nation. Of course, if you make it through all that, you still have to confront Bubba.
Winner of the #1 spot on this year’s USA TODAY’S “10 Best Reader’s Choice Haunted Attractions of 2016” and competing against haunted houses from all over the country, Nashville Nightmare has been spooking the Middle Tennessee area for six years.
This time around, it’s got four healthy portions of horror ready to be taken in — or out of — eager patrons:
- Topping the bill is the annual scare-standard Night Terrors that takes you through such awful realms as the old subway station (with a never-before-seen evil waiting near the tracks), into an old mansion that hasn’t seen any living body in some time, and through a cultist’s den that makes you wonder just what they’re chanting about.
- Fairy Tale Hell, which actually does the concept of “twisted fairy tales” justice by providing a submerged experience into what would happen if a malicious mind further warped the already dark stories of characters like Peter Pumpkin Eater (had a wife, couldn’t keep her) and Little Red Riding Hood, whose garnet cloak may or may not be concealing something sinister.
- Return to Horror High shows what happens when those on campus are hellions in a more literal sense of the word, showing that the fear between the lockers comes from more than adolescent awkwardness, and how those walking the halls might make the cut for certain extra-curricular activities.
- Also new this year is Industrial Undead, a separate haunted attraction that takes an urbanized look at what might actually happen if a zombie apocalypse actually transpired, and how the “dude I got this” claims might be one’s last words before the horde gets them.
Good luck out there, folks, and happy Halloween!