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Y’all know what time it is? Spooky season…duh! Although the temperature still feels like summer, that doesn’t mean we can’t get into the Halloween spirit. The perfect way to do that? A haunted house, of course. Here are some of the scariest within two hours of Birmingham that’ll give you chills and have you running so fast social distancing will be a breeze.
Of course I had to kick things off with Atrox—one of Alabama’s largest indoor haunted attractions. We’re talking over 50,000 square feet of twisted hallways, shocking surprises and screams. If it’s terror you want, that’s exactly what you’ll get.
According to the Atrox website, this haunted attraction is considered one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. As soon as you enter the abandoned warehouse in Leeds, let’s just say that whatever you’re afraid of, there’s a good chance they have it.
- Location: 8404 Parkway Dr, Leeds, AL 35094
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- Tickets: $20 on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays | $25 on Fridays and Saturdays
2. Nightmare at 3008
Next on the list is Nightmare at 3008. If the thought of entering Atrox got your heart racing, maybe this will help out a bit. I’m not saying Nightmare at 3008 isn’t as scary, but their scares come with a good cause. Each year, they donate a portion of their profits to Children’s of Alabama Childhood Cancer Research.
According to reviews on AlabamaHauntedHouses.com, Nightmare at 3008 is a top-rated haunted house with a scare factor of “very scary.”
3. Warehouse 31
Warehouse 31’s backstory will make your skin crawl. An accident at Pelham’s meat-packing warehouse didn’t turn out well for dozens of workers. With such a disaster, the warehouse was forced to shut down. After years of lying dormant, local youth would venture into the abandoned warehouse and cause something to stir. Now those killed in the warehouse accident are back and they aren’t too fond of visitors.
During your visit to Warehouse 31, you’ll run into some of those lost souls including the twisted nurse and the butcher. I don’t mess with mad ghosts, so once you visit, let me know how it was.
4. Hellbilly Hollow
Personally, the idea of being inside a hearse scares me to death. Pun intended. A hearse was the first thing I saw on Hellbilly Hollow’s website while watching their trailer. It’s not always the ghouls, goblins and unexpected surprises that cause a good scare.
At Hellbilly Hollow, you can take wagon rides, venture through a corn maze (don’t watch Children of the Corn before going!) and take a stroll through their haunted house.
5. The Haunted Chicken House
I have a confession. Chickens creep me out. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals. It’s just something about the way chickens look that doesn’t sit well with me. So imagine my face when I discovered there’s a haunted chicken house in Vincent, Alabama.
Supposedly in 2003, a guy named Dan Hopkins wanted to revive a chicken farm by ordering some rare, genetically-altered roosters. After doing so, Dan discovered thousands of chickens had gone missing while the mutant roosters continued to grow. Like any farmer, he wanted to protect his livestock so he declared war on the mutant chickens. Let’s just say he lost…terribly.
He was beaten up pretty badly, but recovered. When he returned the six-foot tall mutant chickens were gone without a trace. Now, every fall they come back for revenge and Dan could use your help with stopping them from wreaking more havoc. Are you in?
6. Eastaboga Manor
It all started when the Higgins family moved to Eastaboga, Alabama to start a new life. In 1935, a railroad track was laid just feet away from their manor, and 10 years later, they were found massacred in their home. Rumor has it that BoxCar Joe did the terrible deed because he couldn’t be with Mrs. Higgins romantically.
Several years later, BoxCar Joe struck again. The new family living in the manor were found murdered and set up as a display in the house. Talk about pyscho!
When you visit Eastaboga Manor, take a good look if a train rolls by the house. You may catch a glimpse of BoxCar Joe waving as he passes.
7. Sloss Furnaces
Okay. I cheated. Sloss Furnaces aren’t having their usual haunted house festivities, but honestly, the place doesn’t even need the fancy light show, actors and decorations. Its history and ghost stories alone will give you goosebumps.
I can personally say that I’ve had some paranormal experiences at Sloss Furnaces. Right now you can catch a guided tour of the site at 10AM and 2PM every Tuesday through Saturday. Keep your eyes open. You may see something you just can’t explain.