2020 has definitely provided plenty of things to scream about...but sometimes you just need a really good scare to make it feel like October. While we'll miss frightful Halloween standards like Sloss Fright Furnace this year, there are several haunted attractions in and around Birmingham, Alabama to prompt your nightmares. Many have implemented COVID-19 precautions such as mask requirements, social distancing, advance ticket purchases and virtual queues, so be sure to check the location's website for up-to-the-minute details. And keep in mind that most recommend parental guidance for kids under 13. Have a bloody good time!
Set inside an old abandoned warehouse in Leeds, Atrox Factory’s 50-thousand-square-foot haunted attraction is not just scary, it is considered to be one of the Top 10 Haunted Attractions in the United States. Atrox bills itself as the Largest All Indoor Haunted Attraction in the Southeast. Each season, Atrox does major refreshment to each scene with new sets, new characters, new animations and more things to make your bump in the night that much scarier.
Location: 8404 Parkway Dr. Leeds, AL 35094
Dates & Hours: October 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 - Friday & Saturday Nights: 7:00 p.m. - Midnight / Sun, Wed & Thurs Nights: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Sun, Wed & Thurs Nights: $20 / Friday & Saturday Nights: $25
Tickets and details: www.atroxfactory.com.
- Lights Out November 13 - Experience Atrox in total darkness with nothing but a glow stick!
According to Warehouse 31 legend...30 years ago, a terrible accident at the Pelham meat-packing warehouse led dozens of workers to an untimely demise. Such a grievous loss of life left the warehouse with no choice but to shut down permanently. The old warehouse lay dormant for years, its crumbling walls and chained up doors a monument to it’s macabre past. Today, disrespectful of the building's past, the youth of Pelham have taken to frequently trespassing on the property, causing something to stir once more within the forgotten halls of the warehouse. Unbeknownst to the people of Pelham, those killed in the warehouse accident are back, and they aren’t happy that they have uninvited guests.
Location: 3150 Lee Street, Pelham, AL 35124
Dates & Hours: October 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 - Friday & Saturday Nights: 7:00 p.m. - Midnight / Sun, Wed & Thurs Nights: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
WAREHOUSE31 VIP PACKAGE - $49.95
Rigamortis & 3D Experience Combo - $24.95
Fast Pass - Rigamortis & 3D Experience Combo - $44.95
Escape Room - $10
Put your skills to the test and see if you can make it out in 10 minutes!
Tickets and details: warehouse31.com.
Nightmare at 3008 was created in 2012 and is a top-rated haunted house according to AlabamaHauntedHouses.com. In 2018 and again in 2019, Nightmare was ranked by fans as the number 1 must-see haunt in Alabama. Every year Nightmare donates a portion of their profits to Children’s of Alabama Childhood Cancer Research. Other Haunt Season community events include Sensory Awareness day and Not So Scary Kids Day. During November, Nightmare hosts a food drive for a local soup kitchen and in December, they host a toy drive for Christmas Visions. This year, Nightmare at 3008 features indoor and outdoor trails.
Location: 1731 Decatur Hwy., Fultondale, AL 35068
Dates & Hours: October 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31; November 6, 7; Friday & Saturday Nights: 7:30 p.m. - Midnight / Weeknights: 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 for all 3 attractions
- The Underground: Watch out for cat-calling creeps and trouble makers. Walk down the foul streets, stop in a sleazy club or stay the night in a roach motel. Whatever your poison, The Underground is sure to repulse as vile characters make you one of their own.
- The Witch's House: 10 years ago Larosa the Voodoo Queen placed a curse on me. She turned me into a hideous witch and gave me 10 years to break the curse or I will be stuck like this forever. All I have to do is collect 10,000 souls to give the Voodoo Queen and I will be returned the beauty I once lost. I have until midnight on Halloween to gather enough souls. Beware... THIS IS THE YEAR OF THE WITCH!
- Sketchy's Toxic Candyland: Follow the candy-lined, color block pathway into the distorted world of Sketchy's Toxic Candyland. This trail may seem innocent at first, but will soon turn TOXIC with grim characters looking to trap you in the forest forever.
Tickets and details: nightmareat3008.com.
- College Nights - $5 off with college ID on Sundays
- October 11 - Sensory Awareness Day
- October 18 - Kid's Day
In 2014, East Alabama welcomed a new “Sleepy Hollow Haunted Adventure.” This adventure featured a haunted house experience, zombie woods, and haunted trailer together in one attraction that left customers coming back for more. The farm has become one of the southeast’s premier haunted attractions. This season, the farm welcomes haunt enthusiasts from across the south to enjoy an experience second to none. Three separate attractions each offer a different set of thrills and chills:
- The Murder Trail brings you closer to the creatures and killers at the farm. You cant run away from these monsters! Get dropped off on one of our buses and do your best to get back alive!
- Rock it out on the RIP RIDE!! This death defying school bus takes you on a wild ride down a dark winding dirt road that will sling you out of your seat. Feel free to JAM OUT to your favorite classic rock songs. Hold on the best you can, this clown doesn’t slow down. It’s so entertaining it will have the whole bus ROLLING OVER.
- Everybody loves clowns….right? Our clown cabin is filled with the most irritating, blood curdling, and horrifying clowns that love to hear the sound of screams. These clowns will have your skin crawling and you will leave knowing the evil that lies behind the smile. Take a deep breath… you are going to need it.
Tickets and details: sleepyhollowauburn.com.
Location: 929 Co Rd 14, Auburn, AL 36830
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays in October 7:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Cost: $13 per attraction or $35 for a combo pack
- Date Night October 17 - 2 combo tickets for $50
- Band Night October 30 - Additional $2 per ticket
- Costume Night October 31 - Come dressed up in a costume and enter to win costume contest
So the story goes...in 1915, the Higgins family made their way from Wichita Kansas to a small spot on a map called Eastaboga AL to start a new life. They opened a dairy farm which became very lucrative. They made so much money they were able to build this huge Manor in the center of their property. In 1935, the railroad came through the town and the tracks were built just feet from the house. In 1945, the Higgins family was found massacred. Rumor had it that a Hobo named BoxCar Joe had been working for Mr Higgins and had a crush on the Mrs. BoxCar went missing about the time the family was found murdered. The rumor was that BoxCar Joe killed the family in a violent rage because he was jealous and couldn’t have Mrs. Higgins for his own. Years passed, and the house and the property was purchased by a Circus family. Just days after they moved in they were all found bludgeoned to death. Rumor has is that BoxCar Joe did his work again, massacred the family and set them up as a display in the house. BoxCar Joe has never been caught and may still ride the rail cars. To this day, when the train rides by the house....if you look close you just might get a glimpse of old BoxCar Joe waving as he rides by.
Tickets and details: eastabogamanor.com.
Location: 91 Mudd St. Eastaboga, AL 36260
Hellbilly Hollow admission features a wagon ride, corn maze and a haunted house that'll scare your britches right off!
Tickets and details: hellbillyhollow.net.
Location: 425 Highway 467, Vincent, AL 35178
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Legend has it...in 2003 Dan Hopkins made an attempt to revive the once thriving Seven Oaks chicken farm. He believed the answer to success was to order some rare genetically-altered roosters from Katmandu. All was well until these roosters experienced tremendous growth. The 20,000 chickens started disappearing daily with no signs of FOWL play as if they never existed. As the hens vanished, the roosters grew. Dan was sure these mutant roosters were to blame so he launched a massive attack to annihilate these super roosters. He immediately was mauled by overgrown yellow feathered ninjas ripping all of his hair and teeth out. When released from the hospital, he returned to Seven Oaks only to find less than 5000 chickens. He now declared war mounting assaults using machetes, knives, guns, poison, attack dogs and night vision weapons to no avail. His antics earned him the Name of “CHICKEN DAN” from the local Hollis residents. Soon Chicken Dan had no chickens only the six-foot-tall mutant BIG BIRDS. One final attack was launched to rid these evil creatures but the outcome was grim. With beaks and spurs, they ripped Chicken Dan to shreds. Some wounds were so deep they actually tore out part of his voice box! After a year of recovery, Chicken Dan returned to the chicken houses only to find them totally empty. Finally he was rid of this resident evil...or so he thought. Now every fall they come back and Chicken Dan’s militants wage all-out war on them in the chicken house on wagons in the field and on foot searching the woods. Last year over 13,000 brave individuals joined the search and attacks but the birds survived. This year more help is needed come to the Haunted Chicken House. CHICKEN DAN WANTS YOU!
Tickets and details: thehauntedchickenhouse.com.
Location: 7522 Hwy 431, Heflin, Alabama 36264
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays in October 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Cost: 1 attraction: $15, 2 attractions: $25, 3 attractions $40, VIP Tickets: $25.00