Haunted houses, trails, festival set to open this weekend Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
GUIDON staff

Halloween is still more than a month away, but several area haunted houses, trails, festivals and other attractions have opened their doors or will open this weekend.

Here are a few of the venues available in central Missouri:

— Rising Haunted Attraction
, located at 25238 Raleigh Road in Waynesville, bills itself as “Central Missouri’s newest haunt,” and promises visitors “two floors of fear.” The attraction  opens Friday and will be open Fridays and Saturdays in October and on Halloween from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $10 per person.  Concessions are also available for purchase. You can find more information at www.risinghauntedattraction.com or on the @risinghauntedattraction page on Facebook.

— The Haunted River Float
is held on Fridays and Saturdays now through Oct. 14 at Ruby’s Landing, located at 22474 Restful Lane in Waynesville. Tickets are $25 per person and include the float, admission to a haunted house, haunted forest, a hayride and corn maze. Visitors ages 17 and younger must be  accompanied by a parent or guardian. While the floats will end after Oct. 14, the haunted house and corn maze will remain open the last two weekends in October. Admission is $15 per person. For more information, call 573.337.4305 or visit @TheHauntedRiverFloat page on Facebook.

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— Ozark Nightmares Haunted House
and Corn Maze, at 22599 East Highway 32 in Lebanon, will open from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be open Fridays and Saturdays in October and on Halloween. The theme of this year’s haunted house is “The Carnival of Fear.” Admission is $6 for the haunted house, $6 for the corn maze, or visitors can opt to purchase a combo ticket for $10. This year, Ozark Nightmares has added live music and a carnival-games area, and offers a package of 10 game tickets for $15. Concessions are also available for purchase. For more information, call 417.532.1002 or visit the @OzarkNightmares page on Facebook.

— The Carnival of Freaks,  located at 18205 Whitlock Road, 4 miles south of Licking, is a haunted house and haunted trail that opened Sept. 15 and will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. Tickets to the Carnival of Freaks are $12 per person, and the business only  accepts cash. For more information, call 573.201.8991 or visit the @CarnivalofFreaks Facebook page.

— Midknight Hollowfest is a Halloween-themed comic-convention-style festival featuring a variety of activities, including a “Zombie Olympics,” martial arts demonstrations, numerous vendors, area artists, cosplayers and more. The event is scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the New Look Consignment store, 743 Missouri Avenue in St. Robert. Admission is free. For more information, visit https://extremicon.com. 

Coming in October


Haunted attractions set to open later in October include:

— The BOSS Haunted House: Fort Leonard Wood’s Better Opportunities for Single Service Members organization has tentatively scheduled their haunted house Oct. 20 through 21 and Oct. 27 through 31on Fort Leonard Wood. More details will be announced soon in the GUIDON and online at myguidon.com.

— The Haunted Mine takes place each year at the Missouri University of Science and Technology Experimental Mine, 12350 Spencer Road, in Rolla. Missouri S&T students decorate the mine to give visitors an underground haunted experience. The haunted mine will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for Missouri S&T students and military service members with valid ID and $5 for children ages 10 and younger. Visitors who bring canned goods can receive a $3 discount. For more information, call 573.341.6406, or visit the event calendar at https://visitrolla.com.