40 Acres of Havoc: How Woods of Terror Became a Local Halloween Tradition

Oct 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Entertainment, Sights

Greensboro Woods of Terror

In the spirit of fall and Halloween, I decided I would take the short drive down Church street to visit Woods of Terror, a local haunted house. Immediately feeling the anxiety of my previous attempts of making my way through haunted trails, I was relieved when the owner, Eddie McLaurin, came to greet the line of patrons. Eddie himself is a tall man sporting a bright pink Mohawk and has a friendly demeanor. His ear to ear smile quickly put me at ease.

The first thing you notice when you arrive is that this is a huge production. Eddie has spent years building up his business and enhancing the Woods of Terror, which sits on 40 acres of land. His dream of having a production like this started 20 years ago in 1993. It originally was a 10-minute trail with only a handful of actors. He made his vision come to life even more by visiting Halloween expos and productions around the country for years. Inspired by some of the best national attractions, he has turned Woods of Terror into one of the biggest productions of its kind in the United States. In fact, Woods of Terror recently claimed the #1 spot on Haunted Attractions Magazine’s list of 31 Best Haunted Attractions Around the Country.

What makes Woods of Terror so special? This haunted trail employs over 100 actors who audition for Eddie personally. The actors are given tips from Eddie himself, which is something that he just has a knack for.

“I tell the actors to focus on four people at a time, making it so that each person that comes through the trail gets an experience unlike anything else,” says Eddie. To add to the professionalism and believability of the actors, Eddie has twelve make-up artists on staff that use airbrushing techniques to transform the performers into the dead or undead.

If you purchase a fast pass online, you can skip right ahead of the line, something unique to this production. There are various booths and vendors to keep you entertained while waiting, if you choose a traditional ticket. Vendors include make-up airbrushing and funnel cakes, a personal favorite. You can also admire the guests who show up wearing costumes almost as authentic as the actors.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk through mazes of claustrophobic rooms and dark narrow halls. For a memorable Halloween thrill, I recommend anyone 18 and up to visit Woods of Terror.

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  1. LENGTH – 9½, Nearly 25 min. with the addition of a few more twists and turns, and perhaps even longer depending on your success (or lack thereof) with the maze. ACTORS – 7½, Somewhat average at times, although some characters leave a more lasting impression, while mechanical assistants serve well in helping the others achieve adequate scares. A few more intimidating personalities would be a major attribute. A little more make-up than in the past, and some dialogue as well, but still could stand to be a little more intense. Would benefit from more memorable characters like the ghoul in the coffin, and the clown seated on the bus, both of whom are startling, then relentless with their pursuit. SCARINESS -8½, Plenty of sudden happenings throughout with scary background music, and an ample number of characters and props. DESIGN – 9, Everything flows really well from scene to scene with hardly any dead spots – a characteristic uncommon with most trails. This is achieved by keeping the distance between scenes at a minimum, and covering transition areas with startling props and well hidden characters. PROPS – 9, Those of the animated variety seem a bit more abundant this year, and are timed to deliver excellent scares, and most importantly compliment the actors through deception. VALUE – 9, Boasting a half mile of bone chilling terror, this lengthy trail offers up numerous surprises, and abundant scares all at a reasonable price (just $9 with coupon). RATING: 8 ½, This trail caught our fancy the first time we visited, and just gets more enjoyable with each passing year. Annually one of the best trails around, even without one of the largest budgets, the folks at Silver Lake Beach provide lots of entertaining and impressive scares through inventiveness, clever ingenuity, and downright hard work. As Halloween draws near, gather some friends and take part in some seasonal entertainment by enjoying a haunting good time at the Night Fright Haunted Trail!

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