Haunted Places in Swansboro, North Carolina

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Foscue Plantation House

Pollocksville, north carolina.

Foscue Plantation House was constructed in 1824 and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of slaves from the 1800s. According to reports, slaves were chained in the attic and their cries and moans are said to ring out at night. A legend about the staircase says that slaves' ...

Elizabeth Inn - Sabiston House

Beaufort, north carolina.

Built by Capt. Sabiston in the 1850s, it is believed he still haunts the place to this day. The Elizabeth Inn is unfortunately now closed.

Cousin Martha's Bed and Breakfast

According to "Haunted Inns of the Southeast," guests and staff regularly hear "giggling and footsteps" in the upper floor of the house, when no one else is around. (Seems only to be expected at an inn that sells a trademarked line of spice products called "Satan's Breath"!)

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Harvey Mansion Historic Inn

New bern, north carolina.

Established in the early part of the 1800's it is one of the last remaining original buildings in the town. People claim that a woman in period dress glides through the dining room and through walls of the restaurant located in this Inn. Some people also say that ...

New Berne House Inn

Though no longer currently operating as an inn, this old brick home was said to have had two haunted rooms. The owners received multiple reports from guests of various "odd occurrences" that happened during different stays.

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Attmore-Oliver House

Originally built in 1790, the Attmore-Oliver House is reported to be haunted by poltergeists, possibly stemming from the last private owner or from deaths during a long-ago smallpox epidemic. The large historic home, normally used for Society functions, is open for tours by appointment.

Bellamy Mansion

Wilmington, north carolina.

Bellamy Mansion is believed to be haunted by members of the Bellamy family and their servants. Investigators have recorded several EVPs and witnessed slamming doors.

USS North Carolina

The World War II battleship is believed to be haunted by a blond sailor who shows up in passageways and another sailor who peeks out from portholes. Witnesses say hatch doors slam, cold spots are felt and footsteps are heard.

Fort Fisher

Kure beach, north carolina.

At Fort Fisher, Civil War ghosts and Fort Fisher hermit Robert E. Harrill, who died under suspicious circumstances, are believed to reside. Civil War General William Whitting, who was injured in the final battle at Fort Fisher and died as a prisoner in 1865 at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, ...

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Live Oak Cafe

Southport, north carolina.

There are alleged to be two resident ghosts here that constantly mess around with the staff and owners. (Submitted by Margo RS)

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Brunswick Inn

A ghost named Tony haunts the Brunswick Inn. He was a riverboat harpist who drowned in 1882 while on a visit here, and he likes to wander through the inn's halls and play tricks on the owners.

Lois Jane's Riverview Inn

The 1892 bed and breakfast inn is haunted by the daughter of a sea captain who once owned the place during the twentieth-century. Known as 'Lois Jane', the spirit has been heard laughing and singing on the upper floor of the mansion, and on one occasion shook the bed of ...

Theodosia's

Bald head island, north carolina.

Although reports say it is no longer open, this b&b was said to be haunted by the ghost of Theodosia Burr Alston. Thoedosia was the daughter of Aaron Burr and the wife of South Carolina governor Joseph Alston. Mysteriously, the ship she was on disappeared in 1812. She had been ...

Bentonville Battlefield

Four oaks, north carolina.

Phantom gunfire and shouts have been heard on the battlefield at night, and the ghost of a girl who died of tuberculosis is believed to haunt an upstairs room in the plantation house.

Somerset Place

Creswell, north carolina.

The Somerset Plantation house and its grounds are believed to be haunted by the former lady of the house, who screams and cries. Folks in the know say she is mourning the death of her son, who drowned in an irrigation canal.

Tarboro, North Carolina

In a Revolutionary War tale, a miller and patriot was drowned in the river by a group of British soldiers. Before he died, he threatened that if they killed him, they would be haunted by a banshee. According to the tale, the banshee appeared, killed the soldiers, and avenged the ...

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The Winds Resort Beach Club

Ocean isle beach, north carolina.

A ghost named Sam lingers in one of the cabins here. Sam was a guest here when he died of a heart attack, and many claim he never left the buidling. Witnesses, both guests and employees, have reported cold spots and window shades opening on their own, and some have ...

Brentwood Bistro

Little river, south carolina.

This place has been on Haunted America, National Geographic Haunted, and several other media projects. Faces, shadows, orbs and all manner of strange things are seen by staff and visitors alike.

Fort Raleigh

Manteo, north carolina.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site is known for its Roanoke Colony, the first English settlement in what is now the U.S., established in the 1580s. Roanoke is thought to have run out of supplies and failed sometime around 1590, and by the time ships arrived with supplies, the colony had ...

Louisburg College

Louisburg, north carolina.

Louisburg College, founded in 1787, is a private Methodist institution with many suspected ghosts. Its Main Building, used as a hospital during the Civil War, is haunted by a little boy with no face. Voices and sounds abound here, and other ghosts are suspected to call the building home. In ...

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Patterson-Noble-Baker House

The circa-1820 Patterson-Noble-Baker House was a plantation home originally, but now serves as a private home. Reports say it is a hot spot for paranormal activity, and ghost hunters have recorded EVPs inside.

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Nightmare Factory Haunted Attraction - Havelock, NC

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NIGHTMARE FACTORY , is a walk-through haunted attraction based on a turn-of-the-century industrial complex that manufactured a wide array of “questionable” products in the early 1900s. Burnt to the ground in 1923 by its tortured workers, “Albert Knight’s Factory” became one of American history’s greatest cover-ups.

The remains of the Factory were re-discovered in 2007 and the ghosts now welcome new visitors on a journey through the terrifying abandoned excavation site.

Featuring a range of live actors, horror movie scares, and Hollywood quality special effects. This interactive haunt is unlike anything in the world! Experience the fear with sights, sounds, smells… even touch!

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Led by the Swansboro Historical Association members from long ago and the creepy crew of the Lady Swan

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Cost: $20 per person, a portion to help fund the SHA and The Swansboro Area Heritage Center

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Dock at  139 Front Street, Swansboro, N.C.

The Swansboro Historical Association invites you to come listen to tales of Swansboro past as you cruise the waterways around one of the oldest ports in N.C.  You will hear of pirates and privateers, haunted houses and abandoned forts, and forgotten cemeteries where the residents keep turning up.  The evening promises to introduce you to some history you will be glad to know and some that might keep you up at night!!!

An additional cruise will be added if enough interest, with tickets available for purchase at the SHA booth at the Parks and Rec. Halloweenie Roast downtown, Friday, October 25th from 5:00-7:00 pm and online. 

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To provide an excellent customer experience, we've improved safety, speed, and efficiency. We accept cash for parking and at the ticket booth. Our shops and food services only accept credit, debit, and mobile payments. If you don't have a credit or debit card, you can obtain a Kersey Valley Gift Card with cash, and any remaining balance will be given at your visit's end. Learn More

Please note: The ICONS section is rated R. Restricted, Children Under 17 Require an Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian . This rating means the attraction contains adult material such as harsh language and intense graphic violence. 

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2024 marks Kersey Valley Spookywood's 40th Anniversary!

Seeking a spine-chilling and electrifying experience? Look no further! Step into the realm of Kersey Valley Spookywoods, America's legendary haunted attraction that has been captivating audiences for four decades.

We have all the ingredients for an unforgettable night of fun and fear, including:

đŸŽȘ Midway of amazing characters that will send shivers down your spine. 🍿 Delicious concessions to satisfy your cravings amidst the fear. đŸč Adult Beverages that will leave you trembling, featuring the Signature Bubbling Endora's Brew in four devilish flavors and popular beers. Nonalcoholic Endora's Brews are available. đŸŽ” Club Spooky - Live DJ waiting area, where the eerie tunes will set the mood for a heart-pounding adventure. 🌳 A mind-boggling 50,000 square foot walkthrough Spookywoods maze that will test your courage and navigation skills. đŸŒœ A 2-acre cornfield laser maze, where you must navigate through the darkness, avoid the piercing beams and escape the unknown. 🚂 A dark ride tram that will take you on a bone-chilling journey through the shadows. đŸ‘» A 4-acre haunted trail filled with iconic horror themes, where the spirits of your worst nightmares come to life.

Conveniently located in the heart of North Carolina on a 92-acre farm right along  I-74 and I-85, within easy reach of Charlotte and Greensboro, Kersey Valley Spookywoods invites you to join us on select dates for an unimaginable experience, all for as low as $25 per ticket!

What are you waiting for? Don't miss out on the fear-inducing adventure that awaits you at Kersey Valley Spookywoods! Book your tickets today and prepare to face your deepest fears head-on.

At Kersey Valley, the fun never ends! Make it a weekend to remember, as you indulge in all our spine-tingling adventures. Whether you're planning a family getaway, a group outing, or a thrilling date night, we've got you covered.

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to unleash your inner daredevil and embark on the ultimate experience of a lifetime at Kersey Valley Spookywoods! Book any of these attractions before you attend Spookywoods online at www.kerseyvalley.com and discover a world of thrilling possibilities. Get ready to JUST DO WAY MORE AT KERSEY VALLEY, including conquering the Maize Adventure corn maze!

Become part of the Legend this Halloween season at Spookywoods!

We drove an hour and forty-five minutes to brave SpookyWoods and I’d gladly do it again. The actors were great and the houses and props were top-notch. The staff was friendly. It almost had a homey feel to it. I can’t wait to go back! Might go back again before the season is over and bring more people with me.

This year featured a brand new experience due to all the renovations at Spooky Woods, and lemme tell ya, those changes were much needed.  I had actually stopped going to Spooky Woods five years ago and had no intention of really going back until I heard about all the fresh frights.  It is a bit pricey (especially the Immediate Access), but it’s worth it (to skip all the lines). The scares are great. The atmosphere is ominous throughout. And the sets are incredibly detailed.  It’s also clear the money Kersey Valley earns goes to their employees and their attractions, which I appreciate.

I’ll definitely be returning next season!

Absolutely the best haunt I’ve been too! We had a blast and had some genuine scares. Even the line was fun to wait in. The scare actors go above and beyond expectations, and the witch dancing is the icing on the cake. We met Brandon at the end of the haunt and had a wonderful talk with him about the haunt. He has absolutely out done himself and i look forward to coming back next year!

Been coming for over 10 years in a row now. Last night 10-8-23 was hands down the best I have ever seen. The icon section was absolutely the best thing I’ve ever seen. Keep up the hard work!!

ICONS! Wow! My paranormal group and I visited last night along with my daughter. And it was a wonderful night temp wise to enjoy the fall festivities. Even with having friends that work there, y’all still got me (the mask were great!). But I cannot say how awesome ICONS was! The set build, the detail, the actors (Michael Myers got me as soon as I stepped through the O). The bath house and campers in the woods, hidden so well and popping out or up off the ground getting the jump scare! But man, Jason GOT me coming out of the water! Tram jumpers were awesome and made my daughter beg for them to stop lol. It was a little dead in the corn maze but the anticipation of what might be in the stalks was creepy in itself. Once in the manor, it was a game of what was where, finding your way in the dark and if the floor was gonna move on you! Somebody with a staph really got my friend Heather lol. She threw her hands up and about fell backwards! Over all a great experience with friends……….and the Apple Cider Donuts after just sealed the deal

Absolutely the most fun we’ve had in years. The attractions are SO AWESOME, the sound, the lighting, fog…every detail. The employees were so friendly, and the actors were spooky!! The park was clean and inviting. Lines weren’t bad at all. We will DEFINITELY be back!!

The first time I went to Spooky Woods in 2017 I instantly fell in love and try to go back every October. The atmosphere is just unlike any other haunted attraction. The hayride through the woods from the parking lot to the entrance immediately sets the tone for a haunted adventure. The DJ and club spooky with the music and all the lights is such a fun experience but we highly recommend the VIP/Immediate Access tickets if you want to skip the line. It’s well worth the extra money. Each year they change it up with theme but every time I promise you will literally feel like you were dragged into a horror movie with their top tier scenic design, costumes, makeup, props, and insane special effects. This year (2023) they stepped up their game like I’ve never seen and I might even come back again before the end of the season. After the thrills you have to get the mini apple cider donuts and take pictures with the scare actors roaming around. And definitely stop to purchase your picture to capture the memory. They are always good quality! You can tell how much effort and detail is put in and how much the staff care. They are just so friendly every time and immediately treat you like family.  

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The 17 Most Haunted Places in North Carolina

With its mysterious mountains to the west and eerie marshes to the east, North Carolina sets the perfect stage for spine-tingling tales of the paranormal.

In this article, we invite you on a thrilling journey to explore the 17 most haunted places in NC, unveiling the chilling stories that have captivated locals and visitors alike for decades.

From the terrifying Demon Dog of Valle Crucis to the enigmatic Brown Mountain Lights, North Carolina is teeming with ghostly encounters that will leave you awestruck and perhaps, a little unnerved.

So, gather your courage and prepare to delve into the supernatural side of the Tar Heel State. Let’s begin!

1. The Demon Dog, Valle Crucis

The Demon Dog in Valle Crucis, North Carolina

The story linked to Valle Crucis is not quite a ghost story, but it certainly qualifies as paranormal!

The area is said to be home to an absolutely terrifying demon dog who chases cars – and manages to keep pace with them no matter how fast they drive!

Local legend states that if you drive past the old stone cemetery high in the mountain town of Valle Crucis then the demonic dog will leap out from behind one of the headstones to chase you!

Witnesses who claim to have seen this hellish creature say it takes the form of a large black dog with glowing eyes and yellow teeth!

2. Paint Rock, Hot Springs

Paint Rock in Hot Springs, North Carolina

Paint Rock is located on the spectacularly scenic Appalachian Trail and it has one of the most interesting pieces of folklore in American history.

The legend goes that men camping near the area woke up to the sound of beautiful singing. They were lured by the siren song and found themselves looking at the reflection of a beautiful Cherokee woman in the water.

They were compelled to reach for the woman, but as they did so, some unknown creature pulled them into the water and drowned them!

Now hikers and campers are careful not to stray too close to the water by Paint Rock for fear of meeting the same fate.

3. Lydia’s Bridge, Greensboro

Lydia's Bridge in Greensboro, North Carolina

One of the most haunted places in Greensboro is Lydia’s Bridge. Local legend states that a young woman named Lydia crashed on the bridge on her way home from a dance with her date.

Related: The Most Haunted Bridges in NC

Her date died on impact, leaving an injured Lydia alone and trying desperately to flag someone down to help her. Unfortunately, no help came and Lydia also died.

In the years that followed it was said that Lydia’s ghost stands on the bridge flagging people down only to disappear when the car got close to her.

Other versions of the story say that drivers would actually stop and pick Lydia up and drive her home, but on reaching the house she would vanish, and if the door was knocked her mother would explain that she died years earlier.

The bridge is no longer in use, but plenty of visitors still stop by in search of Lydia!

4. USS North Carolina, Wilmington

USS Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina

One particular place in North Carolina that continues to fascinate paranormal investigators is the USS North Carolina.

Records show that during the second world war, a soldier died in the battleship’s washroom during a torpedo strike. He is one of the ghosts that is now said to haunt the USS North Carolina.

However, he is by no means alone. Visitors, staff, and investigators have all confirmed seeing figures in various passageways and portholes around the ship.

Join a ghost hunt at the USS Battleship North Carolina, Wilmington

5. Queens University, Charlotte

Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University is one of the most haunted locations in North Carolina and for many years students have claimed to have experienced paranormal activity in the building.

Common occurrences include doors opening and closing by themselves and knocking sounds that cannot be explained.

It is widely believed that the haunting can be attributed to a former student who committed suicide in the school after her parents learned that she was in a relationship with another woman.

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6. Teach’s Hole, Ocracoke Island

Teach's Hole on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina

Everyone has heard of the legendary pirate Blackbeard, right? He is well known for his tales of his adventures at sea chasing down ships and pillaging their cargo. However, few people know that he was beheaded by the Royal Navy in North Carolina in 1718.

Today, people who visit Teach’s Hole on Ocracoke Island say that they have heard the ghost of Blackbeard groaning as he searches the shore for the missing head!

7. The Great Dismal Swamp, Northern Border

The Great Dismal Swamp Northern Border, North Carolina

The Great Dismal Swamp covers over 112,000 acres along the Northern border of North Carolina and into Virginia.

It is open between sunrise and sunset each day and the sprawling cypress forests and waterways have a very creepy aura about them.

Visitors often report feeling unsettled and there have been multiple sightings of strange lights, ghostly mists, and shadows as well as reports of unexplained noises.

8. The Biltmore Estate, Asheville

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

The Biltmore Estate is probably one of the most popular landmarks in North Carolina, but aside from being a beautiful place to visit, it is also said to be one of the most haunted buildings in North Carolina!

The former owner of the estate, George Vanderbilt died in the property in the early 1900s and his death seems to have left a mark on the building.

It has been said that in the library visitors are sometimes able to hear the sound of his wife whispering to him during his final hours.

Of course, considering the fact that at 250 rooms, The Biltmore Estate is America’s largest home, as you might expect this is by no means the only haunting in the property.

There are also reports of a headless cat wandering around the property at night and people have heard disembodied voices in the swimming pool room along with splashes and laughing.

This seems appropriate given that Edith Vanderbilt was well known for hosting epic pool parties!

There have also been reports of a woman’s voice – presumably Edith – calling out George’s name!

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9. Old Davis Hospital, Statesville

The Old Davis Hospital in Statesville, North Carolina

Hospitals are always a hotbed of paranormal activity and Davis Hospital in Statesville is certainly no exception. It was once a fully functional hospital that operated for around 6 decades, however, due to dilapidation and public concern, the buildings were demolished in 2021.

During its years of abandonment, it garnered a reputation as one of the most haunted locations in the state.

Thrill-seekers and urban explorers reported that even on the hottest day at the height of summer the interior of the Old Davis Hospital was unnaturally cold. It was also cloaked in an overriding feeling of despair and dread.

One of the most haunted areas of the hospital seemed to be the former pediatric ward where people heard babies crying and also where people felt a strong malevolent presence.

Read more about the hauntings of Old Davis Hospital in Statesville .

10. The Devil’s Tramping Ground, Chatham County

The Devil's Tramping Ground in Chatam County, North Carolina

Just about 50 miles outside of Greensboro, you will find an area known as The Devil’s Tramping Ground. As the name suggests, it is said to be a place where the devil himself manifests and goes on to wreak havoc on Earth!

Related: The Most Haunted Cemeteries in NC

In over a century nothing has been able to grow in this 40-foot circle said to be worn into the ground from the Devil pacing in a circle each night while pondering what sort of mischief he can get up to!

There have been reports of animal carcasses surrounding the path that leads to the spot. It is also said that if you place an item in the circle it will have vanished by the following morning!

11. The Brown Mountain Lights, Linville

Brown Mountain in Pisgah National Forest, Asheville, North Carolina

The Brown Mountain Lights were first spotted by Native Americans and have been at the center of great debate ever since. The strange, unexplained lights appear after sunset and they rise above the mountain peak and usually change size, shape, and color.

The best spots to view them are Linville, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Wiseman’s Gap. The U.S. Geological Survey has dismissed the phenomena as marsh gas, despite the fact that there are no known marshes in the area.

There have been various different suggestions made to explain the lights including everything from ghosts to aliens!

In terms of the ghostly explanations, there are two main stories that are often put forward. The first suggests that the lights are Native American maidens who are searching for their lost warriors who died in the great battle between the Cherokee and the Catawba tribes.

The other tale suggests that the light is actually a lantern carried by a slave who is searching the mountain for his lost master, an explorer who went missing on the mountain.

12. Grove Park Inn, Asheville

Grove Park Inn Resort in Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Park Inn is a large hotel and spa complex that was built using boulders dug from a nearby mountain. It is also one of the most haunted hotels in North Carolina .

It is said to be home to the Pink Lady, believed to be the spirit of a woman who fell to her death in the hotel’s atrium in the early 1920s.

Learn more on the ghosts of the Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

13. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton

Image of the reportedly haunted Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton, NC

The lighthouse was originally built in 1870 and has undergone many reinforcements over the years, it has even been moved inland on more than one occasion as the shoreline reduced.

Sailors on their way past the lighthouse have often sighted what appears to be the ghost of a man walking along the beach, believed by many to be the ghost of the inventor Theodore Burr, who lost his life in a shipwreck near the lighthouse.

As well as other chilling tales, one that stands out is the story of the Carroll A. Deering ship. Famously known as the Ghost Ship, it washed ashore in 1921 completely void of passengers or equipment.

Learn more on the haunted Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton NC

14. Historic Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem

haunted brookstown inn winston salem

A hop, skip, and a jump away from Old Salem lies the Historic Brookstown Inn , which has been standing tall since 1837 – so you know it’s got stories to tell!

Once a cotton mill infamous for its grueling work environment and pint-sized laborers, it’s no wonder that Brookstown Inn is considered Winston-Salem’s most haunted hotspot . Deaths? Check. Ghosts? You bet!

If you’re seeking the paranormal, head straight to the fourth floor. Here, you’ll find Sally, the resident ghostly celebrity. After a workplace disagreement (and we thought our co-workers were tough!), poor Sally found herself at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Room 401 is her favorite haunt, as it used to be the dormitory for the mill workers.

But don’t worry, Sally isn’t alone. The hotel is also home to a playful posse of ghost kiddos. You might hear their tiny footsteps scampering through the halls or catch the sound of their ghostly giggles.

And let’s not forget Eddie. If you’re ever in an empty room and suddenly hear heavy stomping, it’s probably just Eddie making his ghostly presence known.

15. Roanoke Island, Dare County

roanoke island inn

Picture this: the year is 1585, and Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth I’s BFF, is tasked with establishing America’s first permanent colony. Talk about a daunting gig!

Raleigh and his crew, led by Ralph Lane, set sail and encounter stormy seas, a shipwreck, and a lost silver cup (the horror!). Tensions rise between settlers and Native Americans, and ultimately, the first colonization attempt ends in retreat.

But, like a phoenix from the ashes, Raleigh tries again. This time, John White leads the expedition, arriving at Roanoke Island in 1587. Virginia Dare, the first English child born on North American soil, comes into the world. What a time to be alive!

White returns to England for supplies but gets caught up in the war with Spain. When he finally makes it back to Roanoke, he finds… nothing. No people, no daughter, no granddaughter – just the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. Spooky, right?

Fast forward to today, and Roanoke Island is teeming with legends and ghosts. Virginia Dare’s spirit is said to be trapped in a white doe, and visitors flock to catch a glimpse of this ethereal creature.

But wait, there’s more! The Roanoke Island Inn, a charming bed and breakfast, is also haunted. Asa and Martha Jones built the inn in the 1860s, and their descendant Roscoe Jones, a disgraced postman, died there in despair. Guests now report mysterious footsteps, radios turning on and off, and objects mysteriously smashing.

Learn more about the haunted Roanoke Island

16. Duke mansion, Charlotte

Haunted Duke Mansion

Introducing the 16th addition to North Carolina’s most haunted places: The Haunted Duke Mansion in Charlotte!

This stately, century-old mansion at 400 Hermitage Road has quite the history, from its creation as Lynwood Mansion by Zebulon V. Taylor to its expansion by James Buchanan Duke, who also developed Duke University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment while residing there.

The mansion has gone through various ownerships, transformations, and even a fire, but its hauntingly beautiful charm remains.

Now, let’s get to the spooky stuff. The Duke Mansion is haunted by a tragic love story that unfolded between a previous owner, Jon Avery, and a young writer who had come to document the historic property.

Their forbidden romance led to a dramatic promise to reunite in the mansion’s gardens one year later, whether “dead or alive.”

Fast forward a year, and the young writer, now engaged to another man, keeps her promise to meet Avery. To her shock, she encounters his ghostly presence in the garden.

You see, Mr. Avery had passed away just days before their meeting, but love truly knows no bounds—even in the afterlife.

17. Latta Place, Huntersville

latta plantation

Nestled in Huntersville, North Carolina, lies Latta Place , a historic cotton plantation with a twist. Dating back to the early 1800s, this 52-acre estate boasts picturesque gardens, fields, and livestock quarters. Today, it serves as a living history exhibit and a National Register of Historic Places.

Related: The Most Haunted Plantations in NC

But there’s more to Latta Place than meets the eye. Staff and volunteers report eerie happenings, such as moving furniture, shadowy figures, and laughter from unseen children.

Despite the paranormal activity, these friendly ghosts add charm to the estate. Visitors can enjoy ghost walks, explore the scenic Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, and immerse themselves in the captivating history of Latta Place.

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  • The Haunted Farm

Located in Hendersonville 828-702-7911-->

Celebrating 13 Years of Terror! Voted NC's Best Haunted Halloween Attraction! The Haunted Farm is located in rural farmland near Hendersonville, close to Asheville, NC. The Haunted Farm sits on a mysterious, blood-soaked stretch of land where the forlorn and deranged Missy Mae Lively eternally pines for her lost groom. Prepare to be thrilled with horrifying and frightful fun. There are three mai... Read More

  • Lake Hickory Haunts

Located in Hickory 828-212-1442-->

Voted the best haunt in the Carolina's, Lake Hickory Haunts is a one of a kind haunted house attraction; featuring a large body of water, surrounded by 13 unique haunted attractions. Within these attractions, you will discover awe-inspiring immersive environments, multi-dimensional special FX, and breathtaking scares. Inside the haunt, you will experience Nightmare Factory, Lair of the Undead, V... Read More

  • Hillside Horror

Located in Roaring River 336-452-2800-->

Haunted Woods and Creepy Corn Maze You will experience up in your face terror as you twist in turn through our infamous corn maze and haunted woods. This trail features countless live actors and numerous haunted scenes along the way. This trail IS intended to terrorize you and keep you on edge the entire time! Over 1 hour of terror! Spooky Hayride Hop on board our wagon shuttle ... Read More

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  • Haunted Pyramids

Located in Lawndale (704) 477-6783-->

The Haunted Pyramids has 5 large indoor Haunted Houses at one location...We bring the scare to you... every night! Don't forget we are open in the rain. The Haunted Pyramids: The Haunted Pyramids is our largest Haunted House! This haunt has been a favorite every year it has been around. The actors and owner take it upon themselves to change it up almost every year. Thi... Read More

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  • Hollerin Haunts Hayride

Located in Clinton 910-818-2240-->

Number #1 Haunted Hayride in NC plus Zombie Paintball and a 5 acre haunted Corn Maze. Come visit us this year! Haunted Hayride: The hayride will last around 30 minutes with the tractor going through and passing several buildings alone the way!. Zombie Paintball: The Zombie paintball will consist of 16 people at a time riding on a hayride with the guns mounted on the tra... Read More

  • Scream Dreams Indoor Haunted Attraction

Located in Thomasville 336-476-5429-->

Castle Boo is proud to present Scream Dreams Indoor Haunted Attraction! Located in the basement of an abandoned furniture factory near Winston-Salem, NC. Scream Dreams turned this old building into a nightmare you could never imagine. Inside this huge haunted house you will find over 50 rooms and hallways of terror and torture, more than 23,000 square feet! You might find yourself in room full o... Read More

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  • Midway Wicked Woods

Located in Statesville 704-546-7615-->

Come and join us this our 28th year scaring victims in our Midway Wicked Woods. Walk our haunt in small groups unguided and the woods. You will go into many buildings, a grave yard, 600' dark maze and Vortex tunnel. You may come out alive. Be on the lookout for Wicked Willie, he will be waiting and watching for you during the Harvest Moon. Read More

  • Spooky Woods

Located in Archdale 336-431-1700-->

Get ready for the most spine-tingling and thrilling experience of your life as Kersey Valley Spookywoods returns for its 39th season, and this time, they're introducing a host of terrifyingly fresh elements with their all-new ICONS! As the autumn leaves fall and the chill of Halloween approaches, Kersey Valley Spookywoods beckons you into a realm of terror like never before. This legend... Read More

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  • Haunted Forest at Panic Point

Located in Youngsville (919) 578-8478-->

One Ticket for 5 Main Attractions 36 Unique Scenes. Our Scare Park offers 5 unique Haunted Attractions: Haunted Forest, Dark Trail, Hayride, Killers in the Corn & The Menacing Maze. While waiting for your heart rate to normalize between frights, you can hang by the fire, dance, eat, drink, or win a t-shirt via Carnival Games. Our newest side-Attraction is The Carny Crypt. Total... Read More

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Located in Blacksburg 864-839-1022-->

First park in our FREE parking lot and your adventure may just begin. Sometimes the creatures wander out of our containment and into the parking lot to mess with guests. Next walk through our new entrance down the long creepy path to the all new FEAR FARM MIDWAY. The MIDWAY features the ticket booth, entrance to all attractions, games, carnival foods, picnic tables, and more re... Read More

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  • Woods of Terror

Located in Greensboro 336-643-3558-->

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  • Phobia Haunted Trail

Located in Leland 910-805-7552-->

Phobia is a haunted trail with live haunters. There is no touching but the haunters will get real close. The haunted attraction taps in to your inner most fears as you weave through the trail. We will have fog machines, chainsaws, strobe lights and much more. It is not recommended for children under the age of 10 but children under 10 can attend if accompanied by an adult. This years story... Read More

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  • Pinhead's Graveyard

Located in Canton 828-670-8228-->

Pinhead's Graveyard, located at 562 Main Street, Canton, North Carolina 28716, is one of the Best & Top Rated Haunted Houses and Haunted Attractions in North Carolina and the South. We were Voted #1 North Carolina Haunted House & Attraction in 2018, 2019 & 2021 by NorthCarolinaHauntedHouses.com and Haunts.com You will see main horror movie characters who do not want to be bothered inclu... Read More

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  • Granville Haunt Farm

Located in Oxford 919-339-4452-->

Our Drive-Through Drive-In returns! Drive through our giant movie screen and watch your favorite horror movies come to life on the other side, all while staying safe in your vehicle the entire time! Read More

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  • Nightmare Factory Haunted Attraction

Located in Havelock 252-444-FEAR-->

NIGHTMARE FACTORY, is a walk-through haunted attraction based on a turn-of-the-century industrial complex that manufactured a wide array of “questionable” products in the early 1900s. Burnt to the ground in 1923 by its tortured workers, “Albert Knight’s Factory” became one of American history’s greatest cover-ups. The remains of the Factory were re-discovered in 2007 and the ghosts now ... Read More

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  • Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

Located in Gastonia 704-913-9408-->

For over 20 years now the Hickory Grove Haunted Trail has been in operation. What started out with a couple of friends and a crazy idea has turned into a tradition in Gaston County. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through the years. We could not have been successful without you. We have always had a tremendous amount of help and support from family, friends, and differe... Read More

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It's that time of year for the Fishstrong Foundation's Fright Nights Haunted Hayride and Walking Trail. As every year, we have changed things up a bit with new scares and frightful attractions that you will not want to miss! There are food trucks, carnival games, and a pumpkin patch. As always proceeds from the hayride will go to help North Carolina families that are experiencing with life altering illness.. The ticket booth opens at 6 pm and closes at 10:30 pm The show itself will begin right around 7:00 pm.

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Great hayride and up close walk. The kids loved it. Great price for a full evening of fun

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11 Real Haunted Places in North Carolina Worth Visiting

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What makes a spirit wander the earth long after their death? No living soul knows, but the ghosts that inhabit haunted places in North Carolina offer insight. Many of North Carolina's ghosts lived during tumultuous and difficult times, and their spirits may linger to tell their tales so that the turbulent history is never forgotten.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (1870s) in Buxton is the scene of several hauntings. Located in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the hauntings aren't restricted to inside the lighthouse. The spirit of Theodos Burr, an 1812 shipwreck victim wanders the shoreline of the lighthouse. The lighthouse mascot, a 20-pound ghost cat followed the lighthouse to its new location farther inland when it was moved in 1999 due to beach erosion. The playful ghost cat enjoys weaving between visitor's legs and is seen inside and outside the lighthouse. If you attempt to pick up the cat, it vanishes. The Grey Man of Hatteras walks along the beach near the lighthouse whenever a hurricane is brewing out at sea. If you try to approach him, the elusive ghost just fades away. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is open year-round.

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Phantom Rider of the Confederacy

Fletcher , a town just outside of Asheville, is haunted by a phantom woman riding a Palomino horse. According to legend, a young woman draped in a Confederate flag taunted Union soldiers so they would give chase. She then led the troops right into a Confederate army ambush. The surviving Union soldiers attempted to capture her, but she and her mount vanished into a mist. For years, people have seen the ghostly rider. A former church minister was startled when he encountered the ghost rider near the Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher. You may luck up and see the ghost rider along her 2.6 mile trek between the church in Fletcher and the next town, Arden. You never know when you might see her or where she might suddenly appear riding her ghost Palomino.

Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock was a privately owned park until 2007, when North Carolina State purchased the park. Chimney Rock has a wide range of paranormal and even bizarre activity. Stories told from the Cherokee of the Little People were enough to keep them from settling in the 13-mile river gorge and often avoiding it in their trade travels.

A peculiar case was documented in 1806, when six eyewitnesses saw tiny apparitions with winged beings of all ages floating and flying around the protruding rock. The entities eventually flew into the heavens and disappeared. In 1811, other eyewitnesses watched a battle in the sky between warriors on winged horses. The clashing metal sound of their swords echoed through the gorge.

From the author, Sally Painter:

"I lived in Chimney Rock for five years directly across the river from the Chimney. My family experienced multiple paranormal encounters that included various white shimmering apparitions. One summer night around 3:30 am, I woke to the sound of beating drums and chanting that was loud enough to be heard over the roar of the river. Thinking tourists had wandered down to the river behind our business/home, I peered out the window and saw seven full-bodied Native American apparitions glimmering as bright white beings.

"One sat by the river washing her long hair. A male entity sat on one of the larger boulders along the bank beating a drum and chanting. Another male farther away sat on top of a picnic table. An elderly woman sat at the picnic table closest to me, cradling her head in her hand. The other spirits sat scattered about the boulders, chanting to the beat of the drum. I watched the group for several minutes until one looked up where I was and saw me watching them. The old lady looked up at me followed by the other ghosts noticing me. The drumming and chanting stopped, and they slowly vanished into the night."

Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Island is a small sheltered harbor, Silver Lake. However, it's known as Teach's Hole since it was a favorite port of the pirate Blackbeard (Edward Teach) . A fierce adversary who stood a towering 6'5", Blackbeard created a fearsome dramatic boarding of ships by lighting fuses woven into his beard. The Virginia governor sent John Maynard to kill Blackbeard, and he did just that, cutting off the pirate's head and hanging it from his ship's bowsprit. The pirate's body was tossed overboard, but according to legend, the beheaded body of the fearsome pirate swam around the boat three times before disappearing underneath the water's surface. Blackbeard's ghost in the form of a strange light courses underneath the water in Silver Lake in search of his severed head. Access to Ocracoke island is via ferry either from Cedar Island or Hatteras Island.

Reed Gold Mine

Before the California Gold Rush, there was the Carolina Gold Rush (1830s to 1840s). Reed Gold Mine is still operational today as a state historic site. Even in its earliest days, the mine was haunted. Mine neighbors Eugene and Eleanor Mills got into a fight. Eleanor shouted and cursed Eugene, who stormed off. Distraught, Eleanor started down the staircase, but she fell and broke her neck. When Eugene returned home and found her body, he was enraged when her ghost began shouting at him. Not to be outdone by a ghost, he found an excellent solution and tossed his wife's body down the mine shaft. Eleanor's ghost has been stuck in the shaft ever since. Visitors hear her disembodied shouts echoing from the mine shaft.

Devil's Tramping Ground

The Devil's Tramping Ground in Chatham County is a barren circle of about a 40 foot diameter. Settlers discovered the eerie circle where nothing grows, and anything placed inside the circle mysteriously disappears. The legend states that the ring was created by the devil stomping about during the night while he schemed and plotted his next evil move against humanity. Animals avoid the circle. Anyone attempting to take their dog into the ring is met with fierce resistance, with tail tucking, growls, barking, and howls. Rocks placed inside the ring are found the next morning on the outside of the ring.

Brown Mountain Lights

Brown Mountain Lights move about the mountain near Morganton at night. The lights vary in size and move over the mountain in a bobbing pattern that often is sporadic. The lights mysteriously appear, disappear, and then reappear. First recorded in 1850, different legends attempt to explain the lights.

One story tells of a young Indigenous American woman in love with a man from a nearby village. He made his way each night through the forest to see her. The couple decided to elope, and she hurried across the mountain to meet her lover, carrying a pine torch to light her way. Her betrothed never showed up. Heart-broken, the woman wandered with her torch into the forest night after night in search of her lover. Another legend tells of Cherokee warriors battling with a rival tribe along the slopes of Brown Mountain. When the men failed to return to the village, the women set out with blazing torches in search of them.

Scientists have struggled for decades to explain the mysterious lights that confound a scientific explanation. Brown mountain is a 1.5-mile-long ridge located in the Pisgah National Forest near Morganton, NC. The lights are best viewed from Linville Gap or Wiseman's Gap.

Grandfather Mountain

The state park of Grandfather Mountain near Linville takes its name from its shape of a bearded old man lying down and sleeping. It is 5, 946 feet above sea level, the highest point along the eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Park has 11 hiking trails, and you may bump into the ghost that hikes those trails. The ghost hiker is an old man with a long beard. His face is weathered, and he is dressed in 20 th century work clothes. He appears to be a serious hiker with a canvas army backpack over his shoulder and a long walking stick.

Seen at sunset, the ghost hiker keeps to himself. Even if you pass him on the trail, he won't appear to notice you. If he comes up behind you, he quickly passes you and before you can mutter a greeting, he vanishes. Legends abound about who the mysterious spirit is, but most conclude that he loved the beauty of Grandfather Mountain so much, it became his heaven after death. Grandfather Mountain is located just above Blowing Rock Highway, near Linville.

The Great Dismal Swamp State Park

The Great Dismal Swamp State Park near South Mills covers 112,000 acres and was an Indigenous American hunting ground for 13,000 years. It is one of the most haunted places in North Carolina. George Washington and his partners attempted to colonize the swamp but failed. Runaway enslaved people settled in the swamp. With 20 miles of trails and a 2,000-foot boardwalk, you end up engulfed by the Great Dismal Swamp that flows beyond the state line and into Virginia. Strange lights move through the swamp. Odd noises and creepy sounds pierce the night, and full-bodied apparitions wander about the swamp. The Native American legend of the Lady of the Lake tells the story of a forlorn woman searching the swamp for her lost lover. The maiden paddles a white canoe through the swamp and into Lake Drummond with a spook light shinning across the water's expanse.

Valle Crucis Ghost and Demon Dog

The unincorporated community of Valle Crucis (Vale of the Cross) is located where three streams/rivers converge into the shape of a cross. The community is on the National Register Historic Rural Community. Like most of North Carolina, signs of ancient human habitation were found by archaeologists who unearthed 10,000-year-old artifacts along the Watauga River. The find adds yet another layer to the paranormal activity in the community.

Aside from the typical full-bodied apparitions, the most terrifying phantom of Valle Crucis is a demon dog. The demon dog awaits you from his favorite perch, a headstone in the cemetery of St. John's Episcopal Church located along the ridge line. If you drive past the cemetery at night, the demon dog leaps from its hiding place and chases your vehicle, keeping pace beside you. The evil canine is huge, bears its long yellow teeth, and glares at you with its enormous red glowing eyes. Once you get to the bridge, the beast vanishes. The demon dog isn't the only paranormal activity happening at the cemetery. The full-bodied apparition of a woman dressed in white lingers near the gravestones, peering at anyone passing by. Does the demon dog belong to her?

Mordecai House and Mordecai Historic Park

Raleigh's Mordecai House and Mordecai Historic Park are haunted. The spirit of Mary Willis Mordecai Turk (1858 - 1937) haunts the Mordecai House. She manifests as a full-bodied apparition decked out in a gray dress from the 19 th century. Mary still enjoys playing the piano and often treats visitors to a ghostly melody. The echoing phantom music beckons visitors to the drawing room. Sometimes, Mary simply appears as a gray mist that lingers by the piano.

Mary isn't the only ghost tied to the park. Several skirmishes took place on the land and near the house during the Civil War. Apparitions of Confederate and Union soldiers wander the grounds. The ghosts of nurses move about the house and outside as though administering to the wounded.

Built in 1785, the Mordecai House is the oldest house in Raleigh, and it still stands on its original site. Built by Moses Mordecai, his family lived in the house for over five generations. In 1964, the family bequeathed the estate to the city of Raleigh.

Scary Real Haunted Places in North Carolina

Frightening ghost stories of real haunted places in North Carolina include different types of specters. Whether you're in the mountains, the Piedmont, or on the coast, the spirits are anchored to these haunted places and refuse to move on to the next life.

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Things That Go Bump in the Night: 8 Haunted Places in North Carolina

Enjoy a spooky meal in a haunted restaurant, visit one of our famous lighthouses humming with spiritual activity or dare to stay the night in a haunted hotel.

Take the spookiness one step further than haunted houses this Halloween season and check out actual haunted sites across the Tar Heel State. From friendly apparitions to some straight-up creepy paranormal activity, some people loved North Carolina so much they never wanted to leave, even in death. Here are eight sites across our state to explore for the most legendary and spooky ghost sightings.

1 The Omni Grove Park Inn

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The Pink Lady is a well-known, friendly spirit roaming The Omni Grove Park Inn since the 1920s. Whether her fall from the fifth floor of the Palm Court Atrium at the Inn was an accident or something more sinister, the Pink Lady doesn’t seem to hold much of a grudge. She’s either seen as a vibrant pink mist or a young woman in a pink ballgown, most often by children. Also a fan of pranks, the Pink Lady is blamed for lights and air conditioners turning on and off, and for the rearrangement of objects in guest rooms. Book a night in room 545 – where the Pink Lady seems to be particularly active – for your best chance at an encounter.

2 Devil’s Tramping Ground

Just south of Siler City in the pine woods of Chatham County is a barren circle about 40 feet in diameter known as the Devil’s Tramping Ground . Folklore says the spot is a place where the devil himself paces in a circle each night to ponder what havoc he can wreak. Seemingly going against the law of science, not a single living thing will grow in the circle – not a tree, flower, weed or blade of grass will sprout. Even vegetation that’s transplanted there will wither and die. Thrill-seekers have traveled to the circle at night and reported that if you place an item in the circle, it will have vanished by the following morning.

3 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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The tallest brick lighthouse in North America has quite the haunted history. The most well-known ghost story is that of the Carroll A. Deering ship, known as the Ghost Ship, that washed ashore in 1921 void of passengers or equipment. Oddly, the only items found on board were food laid out as though for a meal. There’s also the legend of the ghost cat, a large black and white cat visitors have seen in and around the lighthouse for more than 100 years. Talk about living nine lives!

4 Brown Mountain Lights

For decades, a series of unexplained lights have appeared after sunset above the peak of Brown Mountain, changing in size, shape and color. The earliest reports of the lights were from Cherokee and Catawba Native Americans, then Civil War soldiers. Today, thousands have reported seeing the lights above the mountain. Try to spot them for yourself from Wiseman’s View in the Linville Gorge ; look for small, star-like dots moving either slowly or in an almost firework-like manner. Groups of students from nearby Appalachian State University have studied the lights, and they’ve even been investigated multiple times by the US government.

5 The Duke Mansion

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The story goes like this: Jon Avery, a former owner of the Duke Mansion , began an affair with a young writer while his wife was institutionalized. Despite Avery telling the woman he would always come for her, dead or alive, it became clear he was not going to leave his wife. The writer ended the affair. Devastated and desperate, Avery asked her to meet one year later at midnight. Upholding her end of the bargain, she arrived a year later, saw him approach and reached out to grab his wrist – and her hand went right through him. He turned around and said, “Dead or alive.” Later, she learned that Avery had died a week earlier. Today, eerie story aside, you can stay in one of the Duke Mansion’s 20 beautifully decorated rooms, or enjoy events in the gardens during warmer months.

6 The Country Squire Restaurant, Inn & Winery

Ever wanted to dine with a ghost? That’s exactly what you can do at The Country Squire Restaurant, Inn & Winery in Kenansville , where the spirit of original owner Joe West is rumored to still hang around making sure everything runs the way he likes. After enjoying your meal in a cozy, vintage setting, watch where you walk near the dartboard – darts have been known to fly through the air on their own. Merry chatter and phantom footsteps have also been heard in the Jester’s Court and throughout various hallways.

7 Battleship North Carolina

Aerial shot of Battleship North Carolina in river with city in background during daytime.

Battleship North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during World War II. One of the deadliest attacks on the battleship was a Japanese torpedo strike in the hull, where five men died. One young soldier was killed in the battleship’s washroom, and his spirit has been seen there. There have also been sightings of other apparitions in passageways, shadowy figures peering through portholes, hatches and doors opening and closing on their own, sounds of running and even objects being hurled through the air. For even more of Wilmington’s haunted sites, join the nationally acclaimed Ghost Walk and Haunted Pub Crawl of Old Wilmington , a walking tour of the most actively haunted homes and burial grounds nearby.

8 The Biltmore Hotel

Sometimes ghosts hang around a certain site due to unfinished business, which might be the case for both Philip and Lydia, the resident ghosts at The Biltmore Hotel . Built by the Cone Brothers in the early 1900s, the hotel served as their office and that of their accountant, Philip. Philip died in the alley next to the hotel under mysterious circumstances, and the lore is that he was murdered for discovering financial discrepancies. Guests have complained about loud footsteps, the shuffling of paper and conversations coming from room 332, Philip’s former room. But Philip isn’t the only ghost known to roam the halls. In the hotel’s boarding house days, Lydia, a lady of the night, was thrown down the stairs by a client. Her spirit still lingers around room 223, which is now painted pink in her honor.

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Exploring local hiking trails and waterfalls  amid the chilly temperatures of fall in North Carolina  is one way to give yourself goosebumps and make the hair on your arms stand up.

But visiting any of the various haunted attractions and haunted houses in NC can also offer chills, thrills, and a pulse-pounding adventure you won’t soon forget!

With October just around the corner, the time for mysterious and spooky scares is almost upon us. And sometimes horror movies alone aren’t enough to do the trick. 

Visiting haunted houses for Halloween is a favorite fall activity for many people, and there are plenty of haunted houses in North Carolina happy to help provide a “fright night” to remember. 

With so many to choose from, finding the perfect one to suit your own nightmares (and preferred level of scariness) can be a daunting task. 

Read on for our list of the 10 Best North Carolina Haunted Houses to visit, including haunted attractions in Asheville , Charlotte, Greensboro, Hendersonville , and various other small towns in NC . 

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Best North Carolina Haunted Houses Guide

  • The Haunted Trail (Asheville)
  • Pinhead’s Graveyard (Canton)
  • The Haunted Farm (Hendersonville)
  • Lake Hickory Haunts (Hickory)
  • The Haunted Pyramids (Lawndale)
  • Hickory Grove Haunted Trail (Gastonia)
  • The 13th Acre (Monroe)
  • The Original Hollywood Horror Show (Snow Camp)
  • Spookywoods (Archdale)
  • Woods of Terror (Greensboro)

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Haunted   Houses  in Asheville NC & Nearby

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1. The Haunted Trail

85 Expo Dr, Asheville NC • 828-808-3341

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Located at The Adventure Center in Asheville NC , the Haunted Trail will be open for those who dare to enter on weekends in October (Oct 7-8, 14-15, 21-23, and 27-30). Show times are from 6:30-9:00PM.

The 10th Annual Haunted Trail is ideal for younger thrill-seekers, particularly those ages 3 to 12. General admission for guests ages 3+ is $18. 

The family-friendly attraction allows visitors to walk through the Asheville trail , with relatively gentle scares provided along the way via live actors and spooky effects.

This NC haunted attraction opens early, for those who prefer a scare-free tour before it gets dark. Their Sensory Friendly Night is also an option for youth and adults with sensory issues who want to experience The Haunted Trail.

The attraction is proud to partner with the  Manna Food Bank ‘s “Boo To Hunger” campaign, donating $1 from every ticket to help provide meals to less fortunate members of the Asheville community.  

READ MORE: The 35 Best Things to Do in Asheville NC

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2. Pinhead’s Graveyard

562 Main St, Canton NC • 828-670-8228

Voted one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina , Pinhead’s Graveyard is the best Asheville haunted house for anyone who’s ever dreamed of being scared by Pennywise, Freddy Kreuger, or Michael Myers.

Presented by Otice Productions, the attraction is located inside an old building in Canton NC that’s rumored to be one of the genuinely haunted places in Western North Carolina .

The interior features new and elaborate sets, animatronics, and the occasional orb or two, not to mention the list of famous horror icons waiting to scare the dickens out of you!

Pinhead’s Graveyard opens September 30, with special dates and times throughout November.  2022 ticket prices had not been announced for this haunted attraction as of our deadline, but parking is free.

Note that this NC haunted house accepts cash only, but there are multiple ATMs around downtown Canton NC.

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3. The Haunted Farm

624 Townsend Rd, Hendersonville NC • 828-702-7911

Voted “Best Haunted House in North Carolina,” The Haunted Farm in Hendersonville NC purportedly has a long history of deadly scares.

Locals date the blood feud back more than 100 years, to the time when the deranged, brokenhearted Missy Mae Lively disappeared into the forest after the death of her lover.

Afterwards, countless individuals went missing after being seen around the Lively family’s farm . It ultimately became a forbidden place known as the Haunted Farm.

Visitors to the farm today can choose to visit one or all of the haunted attractions offered, including The Meathouse, The Farm, The Woods, The Demon Hay Shed, The Slaughterhouse, and the Deathyard Attraction.

The 12th season of the Haunted Farm is set to open October 1, with 11 weekend dates set throughout the month. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate starting at $35, with Fast Pass Admission and group rates available online.

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4. Lake Hickory Haunts

520 Carolina Ave, Hickory NC • 828-212-1442

Not just another NC haunted house, Lake Hickory Haunts is a spooky theme park attraction centered around one of the smaller North Carolina  lakes  in the area. 

The fright-filled fun includes the Midway of Mayhem section of the property, whose endless entertainment options include live music , a 4D Asylum Simulator, a horror-themed scary escape room , and much more.

For 2022, Lake Hickory Haunts has added several new attractions to its already long list of frightful attractions, such as “Shipwrecked 2.0” and “Voodoo Bayou”.

Horror fans can test their limits with spooky attractions like Descent, a 100-foot-long cave buried 12 feet underground, which visitors can explore and crawl around in.

Their 2022 season of scares starts September 17, with nights open through November. Ticket prices start at $32, with Fast Pass and VIP passes available for purchase as well. 

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5. The Haunted Pyramids

2745 Toney Rd, Lawndale NC • 704-477-6783

Located in Lawndale NC, the Haunted Pyramids boasts myriad chilling attractions for visitors to explore.

Known for their special effects, this NC haunted house has 6 indoor attractions as well as outdoor attractions like The Carnival of Terror, The Abandoned, and Dr. Venom’s Snake Pit.

Their biggest attraction is the Haunted Pyramid itself, which is widely considered the scariest haunted house in NC. We love that it’s ever-changing, with professional actors and effects that leave visitors screaming in delight (and fear).

The Haunted Pyramids were created by Special Effects master Ray Bivins, who worked on Hollywood sets for movies like Children of the Corn II and Talladega Nights .

In their 25th season, The Haunted Pyramids promise that 2022 will be better than ever, with more celebrity guests, famous cars, and live musical performances  at the haunted attraction.

This year’s season is set to open on September 25, with general admission tickets starting at $25 per person, and VIP Fast Passes starting at $40 per person.

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6. Hickory Grove Haunted Trail

4064 Mountain View St, Gastonia NC • 704-201-4762

For over 20 years now, the Hickory Grove Haunted Trail has been a haunted attraction in NC that’s well worth taking a day trip to visit.  

It has been voted one of the top haunted houses near Charlotte for two years in a row!

Located in Gastonia NC, the haunted trail leads visitors down the dark, windy trail into a forest full of “deep, eerie” suspense (not to mention a few crazy clowns and monsters here and there).

What started as an idea among a couple of friends has now turned into a popular local tradition. Members of the community show their support by contributing time and effort to making each year’s attraction better than the last.

The Hickory Grove Haunted Trail’s 2022 season runs from September 24 through Halloween night, open on weekends and select weeknights.

Tickets can only be purchased at the gate on the night you visit, and cost $20 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 years and under. 

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7. The 13th Acre

3718 Plyler Mill Rd, Monroe NC • 704-709-7000

Located at the back of the Aw Shucks Farm and Corn Maze in Monroe NC, The 13th Acre is a haunted trail where fear fanatics can experience their worst nightmares and see how far they can make it through the forest .

Those brave enough to enter the woods will encounter the deadly creatures that reside there and discover the chaos that lies in the 13th Acre… all while trying to find their way off the haunting hiking trails .

With only one chance to exit, The 13th Acre is a true test of courage for all who dare to enter.

Opening night for this haunted North Carolina attraction is September 23, and it runs on weekends and select weeknights through October 31st.

Tickets to The 13th Acre start at $20 per person, or $28 for combo tickets to the farm . Fast Pass tickets are available for an extra $15. 

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8. The Original Hollywood Horror Show

6333 Bass Mountain Rd, Snow Camp NC • 336-513-6938

Voted “Scariest Haunted Attraction” by the Travel Channel, The Original Hollywood Horror Show is one of the NC haunted houses that deserve be on every horror-lover’s bucket list .

Created by Hollywood producers in 1989, this one-of-a-kind haunted attraction (the largest in NC) ranks among the best haunted houses in North Carolina .

Located in Snow Camp NC, the attraction includes award-winning effects and sets. Visitors can explore areas featuring the Hellraiser Vortex, American Horror Story ’s Twisty the Clown, and Ghosts from  Pirates of The Caribbean .

The attraction also presents annual events such as the Hollywood Horror Show Festival and the Bad Ass Hearse Show.

The opening night for 2022 is September 29, running on select weeknights and weekends through Halloween.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets online via their website. But they’re also available at the gate, starting at $30. Fast Pass tickets are only available to be purchased at the gate. 

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9. Spookywoods

1615 Kersey Valley Rd, Archdale NC • 336-431-1700

This haunted attraction near Greensboro NC has been rated one of the Top 5 Haunted Attractions in America for 38 years running. Spookywoods has even been featured on the Travel Channel due to the frighteningly good time they offer.

As soon as guests drive on the property, they become fair game to all the creepy creatures that reside there.

Brave visitors can roll down their windows to experience the eerie atmosphere, but beware of the questionable liquid substances you may also come into contact with along the way!

Spookywoods boasts a full-time art department, and the theme of the attraction evolves annually to fulfill their wildest, most horrifying dreams.

This year’s spooky season runs on specific weekends and even some weeknights from September 24 through November 6. Visit their website for more details.

Guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets online, and prices start at $30 for General Admission. Other ticket options include VIP and Immediate Access. 

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10. Woods of Terror

5601 N Church St, Greensboro NC • 336-643-3558

Presented by McLaurin Farms,  Woods of Terror is a haunted trail in the forest of Greensboro NC. 

This haunted North Carolina attraction starts each night with a Monster Parade at 7PM before opening up for chilling experiences such as Arachnophobia, Night Stalkers, The Blood House, Blackout Terror, and more.

New for 2022, visitors can add to their experience and go to the haunted Brookhaven Memorial Hospital.

On the nights of November 4 & 5, they’ll be presenting “Terror In The Darkness” a totally light-free experience. 

The Woods of Terror will be open for haunting on weekends and select weeknights from September 16 through November 5.

General admission tickets can be purchased via their website or at the gate, starting at just $30 per person. Fast Pass and All Access tickets can be purchased for an additional charge. -by Molly Frazier; lead image via Canva

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We encourage anyone who loves the Blue Ridge region to learn about the  Leave No Trace   principles of responsible environmental stewardship. 

Stay on marked trails, take only pictures, pack out your trash, and be considerate of others who share the trails and parks you explore. 

Remember that waterfalls and rocky summits can be dangerous. Never try to climb waterfalls or get close to a ledge to get a selfie.

When you're exploring the wilderness, it's better to be safe than to be a statistic!

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Put a twist on things this Halloween season by not just attending a traditional Haunted House, but by journeying through a Haunted Spook Walk or Trail. If you’re one that enjoys a good thrill, these North Carolina spook walks are sure to give you just that! There are a bunch happening all throughout the spooky season and the creatures that are hiding inside these trails will be awaiting the sound of your frightened footsteps.

Venture through the woods on a dirt path, with little to no light to help guide your way. Without warning, the monsters of the trails will be jumping out at you, doing their best to make you jump and scream! Some will slowly follow behind you, shouting or whispering eerie things from beside you. Just as you think you’ve escaped them, the next creature is already planning on making you their latest victim! Beware as you enter, and tread lightly as you wander.

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2914 bud johnson rd Clinton, NC 910-818-2240

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624 Townsend Road Hendersonville, NC 828-702-7911

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5601 North Church Street Greensboro, NC 336-643-3558

1615 Kersey Valley Rd Archdale, NC 336-431-1700

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520 Carolina Avenue Hickory, NC 828-212-1442

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2122 Hoots Road Roaring River, NC 336-452-2800

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4064 Mountainview St Gastonia, NC 704-913-9408

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4534 Highway 15 Oxford, NC 919-339-4452

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2859 Maco Rd NE Leland, NC 910-805-7552

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2745 Toney Rd. Lawndale, NC (704) 477-6783

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114 Midway Drive Statesville, NC 704-546-7615

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2808 Cedar Creek Road Youngsville, NC (919) 578-8478

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3100 Freedom Way Hubert, NC 910-326-4071

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124 Fork road Tyner, NC 252-312-5796

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565 Boyd road Fairmont, NC 910-258-3791

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4041 Todd Railroad Grade Rd Todd, NC 828-964-2418

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758 Longwood Rd. Ocean Isle Beach, NC (910)287-3030

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3718 Plyler Mill Rd Monroe, NC (704) 709-7000

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14210 Old Beatty Ford Road Rockwell, NC (704) 223-2765

6130 Yadkinville Rd Pfafftown, NC 336-946-1600

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5011 Kiger Rd Rougemont, NC 919-732-8065

725 Phaniel Church Road Rockwell, NC 704-855-7922

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Some of the best haunted houses in North Carolina are easy to get to, have great stage presence, and will leave you terrified!

8 Best Haunted Houses in North Carolina You Must Visit

June 8, 2023 //  by  Southern Trippers

Looking to visit some of the best haunted houses in North Carolina? Look no further! We have got you covered. Of course you can spend your time in North Carolina exploring hiking trails and waterfalls and cute mountain towns , but what if you want to visit a spooky attraction to change things up?

Whether you believe in ghosts or the supernatural is up for you to decide! But between fright nights in NC and actual, historic haunted places, there are tons of stops you may want to take during a haunting exploration. So, get your bags packed! And go visit the best North Carolina haunted houses around!

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What is the most Extreme Haunted House in North Carolina?

Farms don’t always seem scary… but look no further than NC’s Haunted Farm! This one of the East coast’s scariest attractions and has been voted the best haunted house in NC for years! Located on rural farmland near Hendersonville, the Haunted Farm sits on a blood-soaked stretch of land. Locals claim a historic feud between the Lively and Take families has caused this history of curses.

This location has been around for over 13 seasons and is full of thrills and scares! Please make sure you enter at your own risk: actors are there to frighten and startle. There are no refunds, so read warnings and disclaimers! And keep an eye out for the new addition on site: the Haunted Factory! Of all haunted farms in North Carolina, check this one out!

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Are there Haunted Farms in North Carolina?

Are there haunted farms in North Carolina?! Yes! I mean, just read the heading above about the Haunted Farm. These are some of the best haunted places in North Carolina, honestly. There is something about being on stretched out land in the dark that is scary!

In addition to the Haunted Farm, there is also the Granville Haunt Farm, the Clayton Fear Farm, the Reapers Realm Haunted Farm, and the Haunted Forest at Panic Point (which may be considered haunted woods in North Carolina, but alas).

These options are endless. They also vary in terms of scar factor, so do you research ahead of time based off of your wants and needs! Or try them all and enjoy the best haunted houses in North Carolina that are located– most of them time– in the middle of no where! Talk about scary!

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Best Haunted Houses in North Carolina

1. the haunted farm.

We know we’ve already spent some time talking about the Haunted Farm, but we wanted to make it clear that this is one of the best haunted houses in North Carolina, so you must visit it.

For over 13 seasons this haunt has grown. Now, as mentioned, it doesn’t have an age restriction, but it is SUPER scary, so don’t bring your kids. There are many attractions here: the farm, the meat house, the demon hay shed, the slaughterhouse and more. And don’t forget 2023 is bringing the new factory too!

Keep an eye out for that feud between the Lively and Tate families. For over 100 years, these families have caused some serious haunts. The land is as deadly as the feud. Just watch out for certain spots, like the Clear Creek. You’re bound to see a ghost there.

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2. The Haunted Trail

Asheville haunted houses aren’t hard to come by, but when you want the best haunted attractions in North Carolina, you have got to the Haunted Trail. We want to make sure we put this on the list because it is one of the few family friendly haunts.

Sometimes you need options for the kids too! For over 11 seasons, this haunt comes to life each season. Boils and ghouls from the local Asheville Plays come out to put this event on. There is a typical haunted trail, and then a glow trail too!

Illuminate your trail with laser lights and twinkle lights. And don’t forget that there are sensory friendly nights available too. Food, beverages and games are also available. This is the place for all– from 4 years old to adults, it is a less scary haunt. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun!

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3. Lake Hickory Haunts

Scary haunted houses in NC are plentiful, but what about scary attractions on the water?! That’s right! Of all Hickory haunted houses, check out Lake Hickory Haunts. Be prepared to be scared.

Visit attractions like the Big Top Circus. This is back from pervious seasons and is now three times bigger! Visit the Massive Midway Expansion! Or take a walk through Ghost Town. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for characters: Dr. Death, Boss, Lilith, and the Boogeyman will be returning.

This haunt also separates its tickets based on most crowded and easy crowded nights. So check their calendars! And book ahead. The backdrop of the lake here is stunning. And the monsters take care with their haunts. Not all ages may enjoy this.

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4. The Haunted Pyramids

Of all the best haunted houses in NC, the haunted houses in Charlotte or near Charlotte take the cake. One of those locations is the Haunted Pyramids. Technically, it is located on Lawndale, off of Toney Rd. But it is close to Charlotte to count!

The Haunted Pyramids are known for their special effects. With 6 indoor attractions– featuring things like the Carnival of Terror and Dr. Venom’s Snake Pit– you’ll never be bored here! The ever changing Haunted Pyramid itself is a must see.

Created by Special Effects Master Ray Bivins (seriously, he worked on Children of the corn), you’ll love the work here. With food, cars, celebrity guests, and live musics, this is the place to visit. Even if the pyramids aren’t one of the real haunted houses in North Carolina, you’ll leave spooked.

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5. Hillside Horror

Nestled deep in the darkness of the foothills, there’s no escaping. Hillside Horror is a unique setting that cannot be matched. You must experiencing it. Here you can enjoy a sinister corn maze, haunted houses , and spooky hayrides.

These attractions will haunt you dreams. Guests rave about the scare actors here. tThey create an intense haunted attraction. They hide in pitch black areas, on uneven terrain, and in tight spaces. So be warned.

Know that the hayride is over 20 minutes in length, and that the corn maze in the haunted woods will have the scare actors in your face. It is one of those haunted trails in North Carolina that is designed to terrorize you. And don’t forget the axe tossing. Or the pitchfork toss! Maybe even visit the Last Ride and find out what happens when you’re buried alive.

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6. The Original Hollywood Horror Show

The Original Hollywood Horror Show is a one of a kind experience. Created by Hollywood producers, this haunter attraction is the best of the best. Located in Snow Camp, you ‘ll get to see award-winning effects and sets.

Gusts can see designs from American Horror Story, or even Pirates of the Caribbean. Better yet? This even presents at annual events, so its travels are something you can see year round.

However, instead of seeing them at the Bad Ass Hearse show, go for opening weekend. Witness the creations that MADE Hollywood horror real! Purchase tickets online or at the gate. You won’t want to miss this entrance fo horror.

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7. Pinheads’s Graveyard

Pinhead’s Graveyard is one of the best haunted attractions in Asheville. Guests who are classic horror fans will love this. I mean, can you imagine being scared by Pennywise, Kreuger, or Myers?

Graveyard is presented inside an old building. This location is rumored to actually be haunted!! The interior features elaborate sets, animatronics, orbs (take photos!) and famous icons.

It runs from September through November. Do note that this house only accepts cash only! So stop at an ATM on your way in. And maybe get some extra cash to bribe those horror icons at the end!

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8. Battleship North Carolina

Of course it is fun talking about all these fight nights. But what about real hauntings? Take a stop by the Battleship North Carolina. This USS Battleship is a declared WWII ship. It is currently docked across the river from Wilmington NC.

During the day, this is a floating museum. The vessel was involved in major strikes during WWII. Unfortunately, this ship has seen its share of tragedies. Thus causing inexplicable figures and out-of-place shadows to be seen.

Ghost Hunts USA offers overnight tours here. So book ahead! However, you can also do self-guided tours. This way there are no scare actors. There is no fake frights. Channel the inner scares with something real!

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And there you have it, folks! 8 of the best haunted houses in North Carolina. From exploring trails, corn mazes, woods, haunted buildings, and even a real haunted ship, there are tons of things to do during the spooky season in North Carolina. Book early and effectively, and make sure you’re in for a scare!

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What are you afraid of? The dark, spiders, clowns, or people popping around the corner? We all have those fears that shake us to our core. Halloween is near and the time to find the perfect haunted attraction is here! North Carolina lives up to your high expectations with some of the best places to test your bravery. If you dare, enjoy a night of fright with 9 of the best haunted attractions in North Carolina.

Marr Branch Haunted House, Mount Olive, NC

Marr Branch Haunted House is so scary that only people 13 and over are allowed entry. With a $20 admission and no touching policy, this haunted house is worth every penny. Turn the corners and experience the “#1 Hell Raising Haunted House in the Country.” Operating from late September until the beginning of November, heart racing frights with the help of amazing staff, audio, visual and other special effects. 

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Lake Hickory Haunts, Hickory, NC

Home to many scares, no one is safe at Lake Hickory Haunts. Step into Lake Hickory Haunts of Hickory for a unique haunted house experience that you will not forget and that will have you coming back year after year. The Nightmare Factory, Lair of the Undead, Shipwrecked, Extinction, Big Top Circus, and Slaughter House attractions all bring your worst nightmares to reality. A fantastic evening awaits you with plenty of screams and a scary atmosphere to give you chills down your spine. Whether you fear clowns, zombies, or cannibals, you are in for the scare of a lifetime. 

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Darkside Haunted Estates, Middlesex, NC

The Darkside Haunted Estates dares you to “take the scare.” Named one of the most intense attractions in North Carolina, take part in the walk that has scared brave souls for the past 20 years. The walk is full of scares that will keep you on edge the entire time, and each year, it gets even better to keep you on your toes! Trails and houses take your journey through the unknown darkness, giving the entire group plenty of surprises by incredible actors. 

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Woods of Terror, Greensboro, NC

Named as “One of the top 19 haunted houses to scare” by Buzzfeed and a “must visit” by Haunted Attraction Magazine, the Woods of Terror is ready to make you tremble and run. Experience a night of pure terror through the Arachnophobia, Horror Movie Classics, Miner’s Massacre, Slaughter House, the Purge Anarchy, and Blackout Terror attractions that have already caused so many screams to ring. In the Arachnophobia show, bring out your fears of spiders, bugs, and snakes, all the creepy crawlers that make your skin crawl. Or test all your senses while walking through the Blackout Terror. Here, you wear the black hood to place you in complete darkness. 

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Aberdeen Fear Factory, Aberdeen, NC

Open Thursdays through Saturdays at the beginning of the season and every night through the end of October, visit the largest indoor haunt of North Carolina. Different scary themes will haunt your reality as you walk through the 30 minutes of lots of rooms and plenty of jumps. At the Aberdeen Fear Factory, celebrate your Halloween the right way. 

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Hallowed Grounds Mill, Hildebran, NC

Unique monsters and scary vibes, oh my! Located in Hildebran, Hallowed Grounds Mills is a great time to get your heart racing, palms sweaty and a scream or two. Rated by The Scare Factor as number four in North Carolina, grab a ticket and enjoy a night of fun.

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Harvested Farm Nightmares, Garner, NC

Harvested Farm Nightmares makes your darkest fears a reality. Prepare to be chased by brain-eating zombies and chainsaw-wielding maniacs through graveyards, prisons, cornfields, and more. Will you be able to make it through? 

Stoney Point Trail of Terror, Fayetteville, NC

If you have a weak stomach, you may want to pass on this. But for those who enjoy thrills, chills, and the completely and utterly gruesome, Stoney Point Trail of Terror is your place for it all. Get ready for zombies, ghouls, and monsters of all kinds at this stellar haunted attraction. 

Hillside Horror, Roaring River, NC

Enter Hillside Horror of Roaring River if you dare! Journey through the spooky hayride, terror trail, and the Haunted Corn Maze ranked No. 1 in North Carolina. This attraction makes for a creepy evening and frightening experience for all ages. You cannot get a better scare for this inexpensive price. Out of all the places you visit this October in honor of the season, make sure Hillside Horror is on your must-visit list!  

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Aberdeen Fear Factory

Aberdeen Fear Factory

Hawfields Civitans Haunted Forest

Hawfields Civitans Haunted Forest

Kersey Valley Spookywoods

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Haunted Forest Reborn

Haunted Forest Reborn

The Devils Playground

The Devils Playground

Woods Of Terror on Church Street

Woods Of Terror on Church Street

Strahan's Screamfest

Strahan's Screamfest

JoJo's Haunted House

JoJo's Haunted House

Stoney Point Trail of Terror

Stoney Point Trail of Terror

Dogwood Fall Festival

Dogwood Fall Festival

Forbidden Forest Horror Trail

Forbidden Forest Horror Trail

Castle West Haunted House

Castle West Haunted House

Xtreme Halloween Haunt

Xtreme Halloween Haunt

Vander Haunted Trail

Vander Haunted Trail

Raleigh Jaycees Haunted House

Raleigh Jaycees Haunted House

The Frightmare Haunted House

The Frightmare Haunted House

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Castle Boo is proud to present Scream Dreams Indoor Haunted Attraction! Located in the basement of an abandoned furniture factory near Winston-Salem, NC. Scream Dreams turned this old building into a nightmare you could never imagine. Inside this huge haunted house you will find over 50 rooms and hallways of terror and torture, more than 23,000 square feet! You might find yourself in room full of clowns or desperately trying to escape the hunter’s den. Whatever you’re afraid of 
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"This place is fantastic! Being someone who has been to most if not all of the haunted attractions within an hour and a half radius, this one is hands down like no other. The attention to detail is so outstanding I found myself wanting to just stop in each room and take it all in. However, I was scared, screaming and running so that was not really an option. đŸ˜± Which is exactly what you want from a haunted house! This is a place you will definitely want to go through many times. GREAT, GREAT JOB!!! Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed."

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"10/10 experience. Every room is truly amazing. Never knew when it was safe to breathe and relax. We visited after leaving Spookywoods and without a doubt recommended it MUCH more than Spookywoods. It is a touch attraction but we were only touched on the shoulder. Very respectful! Nothing sketchy AT ALL. My one and absolute only thing I would change is music or something while waiting to enter. Truly enjoyed our time tonight and will make it a yearly tradition!"

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"Awesome experience! Went with a group of 8, they were very accommodating. Lots of visual effects, scary actors, great room concepts. We laughed and screamed. For their 1st yr very impressive. Can’t wait to see next year with a full crew, would def come again."

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"I honestly have to say I'm extremely impressed and absolutely had a blast! I have been to many different haunts and this is by far one of the best. They have put alot into it and it definitely shows. Rarely does much scare me but I definitely got quite a few scares here for sure! Absolutely love the fact it's indoors witch made it so much different then so many others and so much more exciting! I will definitely be visiting every year. Excellent new attraction to the area."

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"Went to this last night. Let me tell you this will be the start of something big! Animatronics were awesome and well thought out. The only thing I would improve is maybe more defined arrows leading the way. We got confused and followed a staff member that was also lost😅 Those are opening kinks and nothing more. This thing will be a hit and hard to get into in a year or two so go now while you don't have to wait in line. Highly recommend!"

"Best haunted house (by far) we have ever been to. And we travel three states sometimes. Very impressed with all the rooms, and the state of the art animatronics set them apart. We screamed all through this place. Will be back."

"As an extreme Haunted Attraction/ Halloween Enthusiast, Scream Dreams is a MUST GO TO! They are unique, creative, extremely detailed and the electronic & sounds are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Truly they are in their own niche and one of the best haunted house experiences I have had."

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"WOW!! Finally a real Haunted house that lives up to its name. Absolutely state of the art Hollywood worthy special effects! At least i hope its not real ..lol Surprises and heart racing Encounters at every turn!! A most see !!! To incredible to describe in words! All members of our group were blown away..even the ones that were skeptical going in. But be warned! It is SCARY!!!"

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One of the best haunted houses I have ever been too!!!!!! I think I had multiple heart attacks, it was actually scary!!!!

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