Pirates, local lore and 400-year-old history make the shores of the Outer Banks a prime spot for haunted attractions and ghostly fun. During the month of October, haunted trails and creepy creatures come out to cause chaos and frightful fun for visitors and locals. Two haunted attractions in particular have become popular over the past year or so.
Wanchese Woods is all about the mysteries of legendary creatures that roam the woods in the dark of night. Seven acres of terror await brave souls who are willing to wander down a decrepit boardwalk into a swampy area … where they just might encounter creatures of local lore like the Wanchese Wompass or the mysterious Johnny Nepkins.
Wanchese Woods is open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 3 through November 1. It is open from dark until midnight. The trail is about 45 minutes from start to finish.
The area has been expanded and remodeled since last year. There is now a children’s area called Boo Acres for the younger set. Parents, please be advised that this is a scary attraction. This event is aimed at ages 13 and up.
Admission is $15 and cash only. No credit cards can be accepted. Wanchese Woods also has a Lights Out Night on Nov. 1 for those who wish to walk the woods in complete darkness. Tickets are $20. Again, this is a cash only event.
Wanchese Woods is located at 1101 ER Daniels Road, Wanchese, NC 27981. Their phone number is 252-489-0537. Please visit Wanchesewoods.com for more information.
OBX Entertainment is currently running a contest to win preview tickets for Monday, September 29. They are giving away eight tickets and you could be one of the first to experience the terror of Wanchese Woods before it opens to the public! Click here to read all about it and enter the contest. There is also an interview with Wanchese Woods owner and creator Bud Elkins, a landscaper by trade (How perfect is that?). Bud’s quote about the trail sums it all up … “You’re on your own.”
Presented by The Lost Colony, PsychoPath takes place upon the grounds of America’s most mysterious island, Roanoke Island. The mysteries of America’s first English colony and the 117 people who disappeared without a trace more than 400 years ago are brought to life on Friday and Saturday nights from Sept. 27 through Oct. 31.
As many are well aware, The Lost Colony is the longest running outdoor symphonic drama in the nation. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, it was first staged in 1937. This premier show runs during the summer months at Waterside Theatre in Manteo. PsychoPath, however, is not this show. Being the history fan that I am, I can’t wait to experience walking – or running – this trail.
PsychoPath tours begin at dark, and the last tickets are sold at 11:00 p.m. Tickets for PsychoPath are $13 for the Sept. 27 event and $15 after Oct. 1. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. Please visit Hauntedisland.org for more information and to purchase tickets.
The PsychoPath haunted trail is near the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site at 1409 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954. This is an indoor and outdoor attraction.
Parents, please note that the PsychoPath attraction is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Be sure to leave a comment below if you have visited, or plan to visit, either of these haunted attractions. This Outer Banks writer is hoping to get to visit Wanchese woods or PsychoPath, if not both, at some point this season.