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LushAcres Farm: Historical Farm Offers Playground, Strawberries, and Seasonal Fun

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LushAcres Farm, about an hour from Greenville, SC, is a pretty fascinating place that has animals, a playground, and lots of fun seasonal activities. 

LushAcres Farm is set on more than 300 acres and has been in existence since around 1875. They have a really fascinating history and have combined over a century of farming with agritourism and taking care of children who need it most. 

Jumping pad at LushAcres
Jumping pad at LushAcres

About LushAcres Farm 

LushAcres Farm in Clinton, South Carolina, is an extension of Thornwell, a large non-profit connected to the farm that takes care of foster children, vets and aids foster families, and has two schools on campus. Their mission is to directly prevent child abuse and neglect and make sure every child knows they are loved.

Thornwell began its mission in 1875 when they started housing orphans after the Civil War. During the Great Depression, LushAcres fed its residents and others nearby with the harvests from their crops. And now they support the children in foster care through events at the farm, their farm market, their strawberry patch, and their seasonal activities. 

The Farming Side of LushAcres 

The farm grows many types of vegetables and fruits like tomatoes, corn, strawberries, pumpkins, and peppers. They have u-pick strawberries in the spring, which are deliciously sweet and juicy due to the soil the plants are grown in. 

strawberries at LushAcres
Strawberries at LushAcres

The farm also has a beef share and raises the cattle from start to finish of the entire process. The cattle are all grass-fed and you can contact the farm to arrange to purchase a beef share.

They raise their own chickens and have a host of other barnyard animals for the public to see like adorable, fluffy alpacas, goats, and even Highland cows.

Be sure to stop by the farm market for fresh produce, meat raised on the farm, and goodies from local vendors like soap, candles, honey, and pickled vegetables.

U-Pick Strawberries

The strawberry fields at LushAcres are gorgeous and the berries look oh-so-good and juicy. The soil is exceptionally rich here so the berries turn out to be sweet and juicy.

The farm is currently open (as of April 12, 2024) for u-pick strawberries. They are $18/gallon. Always check their Facebook page or Instagram or call before you go as the weather can affect their u-pick field. 

Also, they do have wheelchair-accessible strawberry picking available. There aren’t many berries yet but the plants are at an accessible height and wheelchairs are able to use the path to get there. 

accessible strawberries at LushAcres
Accessible strawberries at LushAcres

Agritourism at LushAcres

A big part of the LushAcres Farm experience today is their agritourism. The farm hosts a Spring Festival (May 4, 2024 from 10 am – 5 pm), a Fall Festival every Saturday in October, and a Corn Maze After Dark experience near Halloween. They also have u-pick strawberries in the spring and offer field trips for schools. 

The farm has a big playground with the biggest and best corn pit I’ve ever seen, a gaga ball area, a big slide and wall climbing spot, tires to run on, basketball hoops, a jumping pillow, and swings made of tires. There’s also a large picnic area. 

For those who want a little extra fun, gem mining is available as well. My kids and I had a blast on the playground and I made some snow (corn?) angels in the corn pit. The playground is open whenever the farm market is open so this is a great spot to pick up local food and berries while the kids play!

LushAcres Corn Pit
LushAcres Corn Pit

The barnyard is open as well where you can see chickens, cows, goats, and two ginormous pigs. 

Fun fact: they have a therapy cow where foster children who need a little extra confidence when learning to read can go read to. The therapy cow is non-judgemental and loves to hear stories while the kids gain confidence. Win-win. 

Visiting LushAcres Farm 

You can visit LushAcres when the Farm Market is open, which is Tuesday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm. 

LushAcres playground
LushAcres playground

You can also check them out during special events like the Spring Festival on Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $12/person and kids ages 2 and under are free. They will have local vendors, food trucks, and the playground and strawberry patch will be open. 

Proceeds from events and the farm market go right back into supporting the children at Thornwell and their foster care mission. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster family, visit Thornwell’s website.

Sunday-Monday Closed
Tuesday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday 9 am to 1 pm

LushAcres Farm
1875 W. Maple Street Extension, Clinton, SC 
Lush Acres Farm Website

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Halloween Fun: Haunted Car Wash in Greenville, SC Gives Great Scares

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You can get your car washed while driving through a haunted house at this car wash in Greenville, SC. We checked it out and have all the details!

Having never been to a car wash nor a drive-through haunted house, I was pretty excited to try this unique combo at Whatta Wash Car Wash in Greenville, SC, right off I-85 on Highway 14. It was better than I expected and I think you’ll love this fun Halloween activity. 

We’ve got all the info on what to expect during the Haunted Car Wash and tips on enjoying it with your family.

About the Whatta Wash Haunted Car Wash

You may think that putting together a haunted car wash is easy – dress up in some costumes, be scary, and wash the car. But no, that’s not even close to the work that went into Whatta Wash’s Haunted Car Wash!

Each night of the Haunted Car Wash, there are at least 30 actors all there solely to scare you (and wash your car well). There are clowns, zombie cheerleaders, terrifying skeletons, serial killers (my own guess, I could be wrong), and other spooky characters.

The lights, other Halloween decorations, and fog machine are all part of this massive effort to create a must-do-worthy event in the Upstate for Halloween lovers. The entire Haunted Car Wash is about 2.5 minutes long – so you get a clean car and scared passengers. Fantastic.

Car Wash for a Cause

This year, the owners of Whatta Wash Car Wash are donating a portion of every car wash during this event to the medical care of a local 12-year-old boy, Griff, who was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia after discovering a mass in his neck after a baseball tournament this summer.

“His busy schedule changed from school and baseball to doctor’s visits, hospitalizations, tests, treatments, and schooling from home. It’s been a trying road to travel, taking a once strong and competitive child and putting him through life-saving, but body-altering treatments. He has met this challenge with grace, strength, and determination,” writes Whatta Wash on their Facebook page.

Tips on Enjoying the Haunted Car Wash

We learned a few helpful tips on enjoying the Haunted Car Wash this Halloween at Whatta Wash Car Wash:

Get there early. This is a really popular event and waits can be long. See the next line.

Prepare to wait. The owners told us that in previous years, sometimes the wait was up to two hours. So be prepared with snacks, be sure to take a bathroom break before you go, and maybe bring games or a movie on your iPad.

Be sure to get in line by 10 pm. If you’re in line after that, you won’t be able to get in.

Drizzle is ok but downpouring rain isn’t. Light rain is ok but if it’s really downpouring, the Haunted Car Wash won’t be able to happen.

If you don’t want the characters opening your door, lock your car. The scary characters will try to jiggle the handle of your car doors and if they are unlocked, you’re in for a surprise. Lock your doors if you don’t want that kind of surprise.

Tickets are not presold. You have to wait in line.

There are things not allowed at the car wash. These include: cracked windshields, roof racks, bikes and bike racks, no dually trucks, no trucks or vehicles over 7’ 2”, no trucks with wide tires not fitting properly, and all open truck beds need to be empty and free of any loose items.

But really, how scary is the Haunted Car Wash?

Ah, the ever-important question we always get asked by parents. And rightly so. No one wants to be up at 3 am with their kid who had a clown nightmare.

But it’s really hard to answer that question because it all depends on the kid. The actors cannot touch you or bang hard on your car. But it’s a car wash and there is a lot of loud noise with the water, wind, and other contraptions. Add onto that scary characters that will get up close to your windows and run up to your car and appear out of a drenching inside the car wash.

We don’t have an answer for you. We didn’t find this as scary as say, Madworld, but the characters’ costumes look really great and to some kids, probably too realistic. It’s easy to see how seriously Whatta Wash takes their Haunted Car Wash. There are other decorations around the car wash as well like huge skeletons and creepy dolls and clowns. So take that all into account when you plan your trip here.

The owners suggest that if your kids are on the fence, go right at 6 pm so it’s still a little light out. After dark, the scare factor goes up!

Dates & Hours of the Haunted Car Wash

Because this event takes a lot of work to pull together, the Haunted Car Wash will only run for six days, every Friday & Saturday the rest of October:

  • October 13 & 14
  • October 20 & 21
  • October 27 & 28

Hours are 6 pm – close. To go through the Haunted Car Wash, you have to be in line by 10 pm. Cars that line up after that won’t be able to get their scare on and have their car become all sparkly clean.

The cost is $30 per car, which gets you the experience of the Haunted Car Wash plus a car wash itself. If you want to do it multiple times, you’ll have to pay again.

If you want to add to your Haunted Car Wash adventure, try one of our Halloween Driving Routes for extra spooky (and free) entertainment!

Whatta Wash Car Wash
2788 South Highway 14, Greer
Whatta Wash Website

Cider, Pumpkin Patches, Scarecrows, and Views Are All on These 5 Upstate, SC Fall Driving Routes!

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If you’re overwhelmed by all the awesome things to do during fall in the Upstate, SC we’ve narrowed down five routes that include short hikes with amazing views, spots to get coffee and lunch, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes. 

Fall is an insanely busy time of year for us over at Kidding Around Greenville because we are trying to stay on top of all the best places to go in our area, visit new farms and orchards, and keep all our lists updated with events. It can be overwhelming to say the least. But we know our readers feel like that as well because there are so many things to choose from to do with your family. Where do you even start? 

Here’s what we decided to do to help you out: we have composed five routes of short hikes to amazing views with fall colors, incredible overlooks, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, places that have cider, and stops to eat and drink along the way. Some of these routes won’t take too long, only an hour or two, and for others you can add on stops to make it a longer day trip. 

We wanted to give our readers a sampling of fall in different areas of the Upstate (and one route in Brevard, NC because we think it’s totally worth it) that they could do with their families when they just have no idea what to do and are overwhelmed by options. 

Map of the Routes

Best of Fall Routes 

We’ve got five routes altogether, one in North Carolina and all the rest in the Upstate. All the hikes are short and we’ll tell you about places to add on if you want a longer route. 

Be sure to double-check the hours of the orchards and pumpkin patches specifically before you head out. Some are only open on weekends and others will change their hours due to weather usually.

Travelers Rest Route

The Travelers Rest route encompasses places to eat in the town plus stops at historic Campbell’s Covered Bridge and Poinsett Bridge, both of which are stunning in the fall when the leaves turn. You will also visit a cute roadside stand that sells pumpkins, has delicious apple cider, and wonky gourds. Then head back to Travelers Rest to vote on the best looking scarecrow on Main Street, eat lunch at Whistle Stop Cafe and then walk around the lake at nearby Furman University. 

  1. TReehouse Cafe & Art Studio for breakfast/coffee (27 South Main Street, Travelers Rest; closed Monday-Tuesday; 8 am – 5 pm Wednesday-Sunday)
  2. Campbell’s Covered Bridge (171 Campbell Covered Bridge, Landrum)
  3. Poinsett Bridge (580 Callahan Mountain Rd, Landrum)
  4. MacGregor Orchard for apple cider and pumpkins (2400 Hwy 11, Travelers Rest; Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 5 pm; closed Mondays)
  5. Scarecrows in Travelers Rest (downtown Travelers Rest)
  6. Whistle Stop Cafe for lunch (109 S Main St, Travelers Rest; open Monday-Saturday at 11 am; closed Sundays) 
  7. Furman University lake – walk the paved trail around the lake

Pickens/Upstate Route

The Pickens/Upstate route also has some great stops for coffee and food plus amazing overlooks and a roadside waterfall. You can skip Sassafras Mountain Overlook since it’s a little further out of the way but definitely go to Twin Falls near there. It’s a short and easy hike with a beautiful double waterfall. You can also add on a short hike with views at Glassy Mountain at the end. We added the dinner option of Tropical Burger in Easley because it’s our favorite.

  1. Pumpkintown General Store for coffee (3837 Pumpkintown Hwy, Pickens, SC; Monday – Saturday 6 am – 2 pm; closed Sundays)
  2. Pretty Place for sunrise (100 YMCA Camp Road, Cleveland, SC – double check to make sure it’s open to the public) 
  3. Caesars Head State Park (8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC) – be sure to check out Devil’s Kitchen
  4. Bald Rock Preserve (Geer Highway, Cleveland, SC)
  5. Wildcat Wayside Waterfall  (Highway 11)
  6. Aunt Sue’s Country Corner – stop for some ice cream or a buffet meal (107 Country Creek Dr A, Pickens; open Tuesday – Sunday starting at 11 am) 
  7. Sassafras Mountain Overlook
  8. Twin Falls Lower Trail – this is a short .70 mile easy round trip hike to a big payoff of a double waterfall!
  9. Tropical Burger for a delicious dinner (207 NE Main St, Easley; open daily starting at 11 am)

Optional add on: Glassy Mountain hike/short walk

Fall Foliage
Caesars Head State Park

Oconee County Route 

Oconee County is known for its waterfalls so we included two waterfalls for beautiful fall colors, a pre-Civil War tunnel, a lunch option, and a fun little farm that has hayrides, pumpkins, and a corn maze. 

  • Stumphouse Tunnel and Isaqueena Falls 
  • Station Cove Falls (1.6 miles round trip)
  • Dimas Brothers Cafe – open 7 am – 2:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday. Get their biscuit sandwiches.
  • Little Cane Creek Farm for hayrides, pumpkins, and a corn maze (2480 SC-11, West Union, SC; open Saturdays 10 am – 9 pm and Sundays 2-7 pm; $12/ages 11+, $10/ages 4-10, free/ages 3 and under with a paying adult)

Stumphouse Tunnel

Simpsonville/Mauldin Route

We’ve included a great coffee and breakfast shop in Fountain Inn to start your day and send you over to a little waterfall with a playground, to a beloved park with boardwalks and marshes that will have some beautiful fall foliage, and end the route at a pumpkin patch. 

  1. Steam Coffee & Cream for coffee and breakfast (113 S Main Street A, Fountain Inn; 7 am – 4 pm Monday through Friday, 8 am – 2 pm on Saturdays and closed on Sundays) 
  2. Cedar Park Falls (201 Cedar Falls Rd, Fountain Inn)
  3. Conestee Nature Preserve (840 Mauldin Road, Greenville) 
  4. Golden Strip Pumpkin Patch (301 N Main Street, Simpsonville; open daily)

Optional Add on: Stewart Farms in Enoree for a corn maze, pumpkin patch, animals, wagon ride, and haunted maze at night.

Brevard Route

Brevard is a bit of a drive from Greenville but we just love that area. The town borders beautiful Pisgah Forest and the fall colors there are stunning. Plus, you don’t have to work hard to see amazing waterfalls! We start you out at a local coffee roaster and suggest two waterfalls nearby, one being roadside and the other a short 1.5 mile round trip hike. From there, you can either go up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to Frying Pan Tower or head to lunch at Rocky’s Grille & Soda Shop in downtown Brevard. Lastly, you can pick pumpkins and have cider at Packa’s Place. If you’d like to add on an apple orchard, several are in nearby Hendersonville, NC. 

During weekends in October, you can head to the Silvermont Park in Brevard for Pumpkinfest in the evenings!

  1. Pisgah Coffee Roasters (6283 Asheville Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC; closed Sundays; 9 am – 4 pm weekdays, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Saturdays)
    Looking Glass Falls (roadside waterfall)
  2. Moore Cove Falls (1.5 miles round trip)
  3. Add on: Frying Pan Tower (1.5 miles round trip with amazing view)
  4. Packa’s Place – pumpkin patch and cider (4210 Brevard Rd, Horse Shoe, NC; hours)
  5. Silvermont Park Pumpkin Fest

Looking Glass Falls

Which route will you do?

10 Parent-Hacks for Amazing & Memorable Trips to the Farm this Fall

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Want to make sure your family trip to the farm is amazing? Farms in the fall are perfect places for family fun and lots of memory-making. But, bringing your whole crew anywhere can sometimes be a little stressful, right? So, we have some tips to help you make your fall farm trip easy with nothing but fun and happy faces.

Parent tips for farm trips
Famoda Farm

Wear the correct clothes.

A farm is a great opportunity to take some adorable, matching farm-themed photos, but it’s important to realize that it is a farm. Farms have dirt, fire ants, and typically a lot of sun. Cute smocked outfits, warm “fall” clothes, and open-toed shoes might look great in photos but may not be comfortable, practical attire for having fun at the farm.

If your main goal is photos, consider either outfit choices that are comfortable and can get dirty or take your photos and schedule another visit for full farm activities.

We recommend wearing:

  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Closed-toed shoes that are comfortable for walking such as tennis shoes or boots
  • Layers, even on cooler fall days it can feel really hot in the sun especially if you spend an hour wandering in a corn maze.
  • A hat or sunglasses if it’s a sunny day
Moo Cow farms cow cuddling
Moo Cow Farms

Bring snacks and water.

Most farms will allow you to eat on the property or at your car. Some serve food, but not all. Most do not have a place to refill water bottles.

We recommend making sure you have plenty of food and water.

There will likely only be porta-potties at the farm so plan accordingly.

Wear your sunscreen. It can get hot in October in our region.

Apple slingshot
Apple slingshot at McLadke Orchards

Go over farm etiquette before getting out of the car.

It’s important to go over basic farm rules with your kids if they are unfamiliar with farm etiquette. Farming is hard work and it’s important to respect the farmer’s property.

Follow all farm signs and rules.

Be sure to treat plants with respect. Only pick what you plan to pay for and don’t destroy farm property such as forming new paths in a corn maze.

Don’t throw produce such as pumpkins or corn unless it’s part of a farm-approved game.

Watch your kids closely. Farm equipment can be dangerous.

Don’t feed animals unless signs give permission to feed them and only feed animals food that is approved by the farm.

If you have the opportunity to touch or hold animals, remind your children to be gentle.

Feeding animals at Goat Daddy's Farm
Goat Daddy’s Farm

Be prepared before you get lost in the corn maze.

Corn mazes are fun but they also are in direct sunlight and involve a lot of wandering around trying to figure your way out.

Your kids will likely insist on picking all of the turns which often results in walking in circles for hours.

  • Make sure your preschooler/toddler understands that they have to stay with you because losing a child in a corn maze is more excitement than most of us want when visiting a farm.
  • Take a photo of the corn maze before you enter. That way if you get lost and tired, you can still find your way out.
  • If all else fails, follow the wall-hugger trick.
  • Make sure you have your water with you.
  • Go to the bathroom before your start the maze.
  • If your kids are little, they usually won’t know the difference between the entrance and exit so you can always have a short visit into the corn maze and just exit out the way you came before everyone gets tired.
Corn maze
Denver Downs

Pick the right farm.

If you want to pick apples or pumpkins, make sure the farm lets you pick them before arriving. Some orchards and farms only sell pre-picked produce.

Some farms allow you to enjoy all the activities for one price, whereas others charge per activity. If your main event is picking apples, paying once for the jumping pillow or hay ride might be the right choice. If your main activity is playing at the farm, consider one with an all-inclusive price.

Denver Downs Slide
Denver Downs

Check to see what forms of payment they accept.

Some of the farms in the region only accept cash or check. Make sure you are prepared.

11 Reasons Why Denver Downs Farm Should Be on Your Fall Must-Do List

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Looking for a new favorite family fall activity in Greenville? I’ve been going to Denver Downs Farm with my family for the past six years and it’s by far my most favorite fall activity. We look forward to it every year – my family all looks at our calendars and pick a date that works, get lunches packed, water bottles filled, and prepare to spend the whole day at the farm. Why do I love it so much? Because it’s that day every year that we make some of our most lasting memories. It’s photos from that day that I blow up and put around my house and it’s what my kids talk about all year long and what their grandparents ask about well in advance of cooler weather. 

But there are lots of great reasons to visit Denver Downs and if you haven’t gone, take a few minutes to learn about why this place is such a gem. And if you’ve already been, well, what are you waiting for? Make plans to go back this fall!

For more great Fall Things to Do near Greenville, don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Greenville. You’ll find local farms to visit, festivals to explore, classes, activities and so much more!


The Best Halloween Events for Babies and Toddlers in Greenville, SC

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Looking for some Halloween events for toddlers in Greenville, SC? Or maybe some Halloween events for babies? One of the highlights of having small children, if we are honest with ourselves, is dressing them. And costuming in October is even more rewarding and adorable. We at Kidding Around Greenville think we can help. Here’s a list of costume-happy activities without late hours or spooky décor. They are the perfect formula for toddlers and babies! Besides, we all need another excuse to coo over our little skunks and dragons.

Read on for some tot-friendly destinations in Greenville to try this year.

Halloween Guide, trick or treat in Greenville, SC

Looking for more? Don’t miss our enormous Guide to Halloween Events in Greenville and Spartanburg!


Enjoy Some Haunted Fun On The Greer Ghost Tour In Greer, SC

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Have you ever wondered about the colorful and perhaps haunted history of the South Carolina town of Greer, SC? This fall, the chance to familiarize yourself with the spirits of the city is here. So read on, and put the Greer Station Ghost tours on your calendar.

Be sure to grab your tickets because they usually sell out fast! Tickets are on sale now. Tours happening now through October 30th, 2023.

Thank you to Greer Heritage Museum for providing tickets so we could review this tour for our readers in 2022!

Greer Ghost Tours Marquee

Celebrate the Best that Our Town has to Offer at Fall For Greenville

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Are you looking for the best outdoor festival in Greenville? Fall For Greenville is an annual tradition and a celebration of our city that you don’t want to miss! Local mom Kristina gives us the details you need to plan a visit to this year’s annual Fall For Greenville!

The 2023 Fall for Greenville event starts October 13th, 2023, and runs through October 15th, 2023. There is also a kick-off concert on October 12th, 2023 if you’re too excited to wait!

Greenville has focused a significant amount of time and energy on making the small city a paradise for people who love to eat good food. And who doesn’t love good food?

Fall for Greenville is not only one of the region’s hottest food festivals but also one of the nation’s best fall festivals, according to Country Living. Cheers to that!

Want to check out more fall festivals? Here is our list of Fall Festivals near Greenville.


Hayride, Adorable Animals, Night Corn Maze, and Farm Fun Await at Famoda Farm

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October means Famoda Farm Festival at the family-owned Famoda Farm, Taylors, SC best farm for family fun! It’s their second season so we went and checked it out so you can have all the details on how to have a wonderful day with your family at the farm.

Famoda Fall Festival in Taylors, South Carolina

The address for the Famoda Farm Festival is 3 Camp Creek Road Ext, Taylors. We normally don’t start stories with the address of the place we visited but there are a few different addresses associated with this place so take note. OK, onto the fun! 

Famoda Farm is a super cute place that has adorable animals, including calves you can bottle feed, a play area, and amazing ice cream. If you follow us regularly, you know this! What you may not know is that the farm is hosting its annual fall festival from September 29th, 2023 through November 12th, 2023, which is just perfect for a day of family fun. If you and your kids love hayrides, corn mazes, old-school playgrounds and toys, cute animals, and slides, this is the place for you. 


Get Ready to Be Terrified at Madworld Haunted Attraction in Greenville, SC

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Ready for a scare-your-pants-off kind of haunted attraction? We visited Madworld Haunted Attraction in Greenville, SC and had a terrifyingly fun time. Thanks to Madworld for inviting us to experience their terrifying attraction so we could scare our readers in this review.

Love haunted houses, insane asylums, terrifying clowns, and all things Halloween? Then you’ll want to visit one of the country’s scariest haunted attractions at Madworld Haunted Attraction right here in Greenville, SC.

We’ll tell you all about how this place started, the terrifying things you’ll encounter, how scary Madworld really is, and how to experience this best of the Halloween season at Madworld.

About Madworld Haunted Attraction

Madworld is owned and run by two brothers, Joe and Tim Thompson, and 2023 is their 13th season of the haunted attraction. They’ve always loved horror and all things scary so producing and creating Madworld was a natural fit for both of them.

The haunted attraction has won accolades nationwide and is ranked as one of the scariest attractions in South Carolina. This is a pretty serious haunted attraction which Joe and Tim have built with the guest experience in mind. There are about 200 actors on any given night looking to terrify guests with their very real-looking getups and acting skills that have been honed for this place and their goal to give guests a memorable – and nightmare-worthy – experience.

We got a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes magic and the amount of work that goes into the makeup and costumes of each character is stunning. There are silicon masks, rows of makeup chairs, prosthetics, weapons that look real. The team is serious about the appearance of each character and makes sure to make them look as real as possible. Actors have to go through rounds of auditions to work at Madworld.

But that’s not all. Madworld has a quality control manager whose job is basically go through the entire park several times a night and make sure every character is acting their part to a tee. If not, well, I don’t even want to know. The guy who does this is very serious about his job.

All the Details about the Haunted Trail

The biggest part of Madworld is their nearly half-mile haunted trail through a zombie factory and into a world of all kinds of things that scare us humans.

Joe and Tim told us that they wanted to hit on a variety of things and scenarios that scare people as to make sure they are able to hit all phobias. That is quite obvious once you start walking through the haunted trail, which seemingly never ends.

The zombie factory starts off your tour after your photo is snapped by the Madworld staff to remember you by. OK, well, not really. You can purchase it afterwards at the customer service desk. Each group is ushered in separately so there may be a bit of a wait (get the Fast Pass – you’ll save a lot of time). There are green glowing lights and you feel like you’re in a prison. Loud noises are all around you and the actors try to reach for you from their jail cell. It’s awesome.

Once you get instructions about not running through any of the attractions from the creepy host, you’ll enter into the official part of the haunted trail. There are 13 sets/haunted houses and once you leave one, you’ll walk outside and enter into the next one. There are characters everywhere that either will jump out at you or show up in the shadows or just act completely terrifying.

After the zombie factory, I can’t even remember what is next because there are so many. I’ll tell you the things that stood out to me in the various places.

First, this wasn’t even me but Bethany and her husband were behind me and passed a writhing girl on the floor, who they thought was me. You can imagine their terror. Thankfully, I was just ahead of them getting scared out of my mind by an exorcist-type girl on a moving bed who was crawling towards me.

The clown house obviously involved a lot of clowns. But it also involved a lot of flashing lights, strobes, and creepy laughs. This is one the warnings they give you when you buy your tickets.

The pirate house was my favorite because the characters were entirely convincing but also because they had a part where it seemed that you were going to fall into water where a giant gator was going to eat you. Towards the end of the pirate house, you have to walk through a room where you can’t see the floor – so cool.

The insane asylum was just that: insane. Lots of patients screaming to let them out plus a room full of old toilets that had me convinced this was a real insane asylum. It was intense.

One part that was outdoors had a crazed guy lighting up propane with actors with chainsaws hacking up people. One bloody person was dragged in front of me by a dude with a chainsaw and I’m still not sure if it was a real person or not.

A witch nearly scared me to death when she popped out of her shack. And I really didn’t want to walk through the house with the label of “bless this house” on the door. No, thanks. But I did and it was haunting.

From the time we entered the zombie factory to when we exited the haunted trail was about 25-30 minutes. It felt longer. There is a lot of blood, gore, and screaming at Madworld.

Ghost Mini Golf & Carnival Games

While Madworld is probably most well-known for their intensely scary haunted trail, they have a lot of other things to do while you’re there that won’t involve straining your vocal chords.

They have an entire mini golf course, several different carnival games, and my favorite – ax throwing. None of these things are terrifying so if your kids want to go someplace “scary” but you know they aren’t ready for the full experience, you can take them here to do ghost mini golf and throw some balls at clowns. Then they can tell their friends they went to Madworld.

Tasty Treats at Madworld + Gift Shop

Being scared works up an appetite. Good thing Madworld can help out with that.

There are some tasty food vendors at Madworld that sell mini donuts, cheeseburgers, funnel cakes, muffins, fries, and even coffee and frappes.

These are located inside the park. You can sit around the bonfire and eat and calm your heart rate after going through the haunted trail.

As for the gift shop, you’ll want to go here before heading home. They have some really cool stuff like skeleton wine goblets, terrifying hoodies, ghost soap dishes, and candles. They partnered with Travelers Rest-based artisan chocolate shop, Lumineux Chocolate, to create special Madworld chocolate bars. We tried these and oh my gosh, they are amazing.

Best Ages for Madworld

If you think I’m going to give you an age range for kids who will enjoy this, sorry to disappoint but it’s not happening. As an adult, I was scared. I know several adults who would also be terrified of Madworld but who want to go and scream their heads off. Other friends are scared just looking at my photos of Madworld.

I know my own kids, currently ages 12 and 9, and they would never sleep after going to Madworld. But other kids, including another 12-year-old and a teenager who came with us, absolutely loved this place and no doubt will want to go back. When we went, there was a little girl, probably around 7, who was first in line with her mom.

So what age is good for this haunted attraction? It totally depends on your kid.

Joe did tell us that when little kids come in, the actors don’t act as scary towards them. So, instead of quietly coming up behind them and waiting for them to turn around and be scared out of their mind, the characters will approach them from the front and give them a high five.

Tips on Enjoying Madworld

Here are a few things we found to be helpful when heading to Madworld Haunted Attraction.

  • The actors are not allowed to intentionally touch guests. They are allowed to get very close though and sometimes I brushed up against their costumes.
  • Wear sturdy and closed toed shoes. Sometimes you can’t see the floor in the haunted trail and there is part of it where the floor moves so you want sturdy shoes.
  • Plan to spend some time there. There are a lot of things to enjoy at Madworld besides the haunted trail so plan to spend the evening hanging out, getting scared, and playing carnival games, eating, or chilling at the bonfire.
  • Sign your waiver and have the proof you signed it on your phone at the entrance. That’s the only thing you need to enter Madworld and you’ll be checked for it.
  • If you’re able, get the Fast Pass. It will save you time on the haunted trail since you jump to the head of the line.
  • You can buy a no-scare medallion as part of your ticket package if you want to go but don’t want to be screaming all night. When kids wear these medallions, it repels monsters.
  • Do not wear your Halloween costumes. No costumes are allowed.
  • There are a lot of strobe and flashing lights and fog. If you have a condition where these things aggravate it, then it is not recommended you go. Pregnant women are also cautioned against doing the haunted trail.

Overall Review of Madworld

This type of attraction is typically not at the top of my Halloween excursions but readers, this is what I do for you. That said, Madworld was really, really fun. It’s obvious how much work went into creating a top-notch experience for guests who come looking to be scared and have a great night with their friends, family, or date (this would make a great date night).

The characters are very good at their work and everyone we saw throughout the haunted trail was on point for their particular scare tactic. We never saw any actor break character, which I imagine is very difficult to do for hours each night.

I’d certainly consider putting Madworld on my fall bucket list after this trip.

Operating Hours & Tickets

You can purchase your tickets online or at the gate. They have several different packages whether you want the full experience of the haunted trail and all the carnival games or just a couple things to do. You can also purchase a season pass if you’re that kind of crazy. General admission tickets are $40/adult and $35/kids 10 and under. Ticket packages go up from there.

They are open weekends starting September 8, 2023 through November 4, 2023. They are also open Halloween and a few other days before the last weekend of October. The times vary so check the schedule before you go.

Madworld will open in light rain but if it’s raining heavily, they will need to close. Follow Madworld on Facebook for the most up-to-date announcements.

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Madworld Haunted Attraction
147 Country Manor Road, Piedmont, SC 
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