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For some of us, October signals the arrival of crisp temperatures, changing leaves, visits to the pumpkin patch and all of the festive fall treats we can imagine. The rest view October 1 as the beginning of the most haunted season of the year. If you’re on the fear-loving side of that spectrum, this is the list for you. We’ve rounded up four of the scariest, most bone-chilling and hauntingly unforgettable houses and attractions worth visiting this Halloween season. Warning: these are not family-friendly and are not meant for the faint of heart. Here are four of Birmingham’s scariest haunted houses, plus two that plan to return in 2021!
4 of Birmingham’s Scariest Haunted Hoses
Warehouse 31 is one of Birmingham’s scariest October attractions with a bone-chilling backstory. It all started in 1875 when a man, Billy Turner, brought his daughter, Anna Belle with her toy doll in hand, to an old lumber yard in Pelham. According to urban legend, Anna Belle suffered an unspeakable accident that resulted in the death of both her and her father. For the years to follow, both Billy and Anna Belle have haunted the grounds of the lumber yard, where today’s Warehouse 31 is situated. If you’re intrigued by the terror of this month, grab some friends and head out to Warehouse 31 this season for one of the scariest outings you can find in Birmingham. Three special attractions, including a 3D “Freak Show, make this year’s haunting unforgettable.
8404 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL 35094
Open October 2 through October 31 and November 13; Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 pm to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
Tickets: Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, $20; Friday and Saturday, $25. Tickets must be purchased in advance
With 50,000 square feet of bone-chilling terror and over 1/4 mile of shocking surprises, the Atrox Factory is the largest indoor haunted attraction in the Southeast. If you’re looking for a major scare, this is the haunted house for you. This year’s terrors include plenty of “industrial strength” horror, including nightmare-worthy clowns, the return of Slain Manor and scariest of all, an altered state 4D experience where visitors are strapped in and cannot exit. According to Atrox, attendees undergo “experiences like never before.”
Nightmare 3008 is described as the place “where nightmares become reality.” If you’re on the hunt for a good haunting this season, Nightmare 3008 has multiple terrifying experiences, including escape rooms and two new attractions, The Witch’s House and Sketchy’s Toxic Candyland. The Underground, a spine-chilling attraction, completes the experience. The indoor and outdoor trails are sure to spook!
425 Highway 467, Vincent, AL 35178 • (205) 365-6990
Open September 26 through October 31; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Hellbilly Hollow, one of the scariest Halloween attractions, is celebrating its 8th season this year. Join them for a night of thrills and chills this October as they host a haunted house filled with creepy monsters and haunting ghouls. Special events occur throughout the month, including the Dead City Clowns, a blackout night, trunk or treat and a “hell night.”
While we all continue to take precautions regarding COVID-19, two of Alabama’s most prominent haunted houses, Sloss Fright Furnace and the Insanitarium Haunted Attraction are not slated to open this year. While we will miss their scares, we respect their decision and look forward to seeing them back in action in 2021.
Get out and enjoy the Halloween season at these spooktacular attractions!
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