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Date published: 10/4/2012


Sticking with the creepy woods theme, there is another utopia of fright in Spotsylvania County. Wicked Woods is its name and scaring you senseless is its game.

Wicked Woods is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 to 10 p.m. The grounds will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 28.

The wooded property boasts three unique attractions, including two haunted houses (Murder Manor and Insanitarium Asylum) and the Haunted Forest.

According to the event's organizers, the Haunted Forest is just like walking through your worst nightmare.

"It's a very thorough production," said Erik Sayenga, owner of Wicked Woods. "We work on it all year long and it's like we walk you through a horror movie set. We take you out of the real world and into a haunt that you can't buy at the Halloween store."

Wicked Woods also prides itself on its intricate costumes and genuine scares.

"We make our own masks, our own clothes and everything down to our own fake weapons," said Sayenga. "We try to give everything our own unique twist so we can really scare our visitors."


Just when you thought roller coasters were scary enough, Kings Dominion added another layer to the fright.

The Doswell theme park kicked off its Halloween Haunt on Sept. 28 and will be scaring parkgoers for a month strong. Halloween Haunt is included with park admission and is about more than just an occasional black light or fog machine.

The festivities include 10 terrifying mazes, six "scare zones" designed purely to frighten anyone who dares to walk through and six Halloween-themed shows.

"Halloween Haunt is all about transforming the park into a spooky Halloween extravaganza," said Gene Petriello, communications manager for Kings Dominion. "We don't really give a recommended age range, but a 4-year-old would probably be scared out of their mind."

For the younger crowd, Kings Dominion does offer Howl-O-Fest on Saturdays and Sundays in October from noon to 5 p.m. The festivities include pumpkin painting, treasure hunts and a foam pit.

So, if you're looking for a family-friendly environment and a scream that doesn't end at the coaster, it looks like Kings Dominion is the place to be.


Lordy, lordy the Jaycees' haunted house is almost 40!

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