Do you enjoy celebrating Halloween with a good scare? For those brave souls who are looking for something truly scary, these are the haunted houses, haunted trails, woods and more that open up in Greenville around Halloween. These attractions are scary and are not appropriate for young children (or perhaps even easily scared adults). We’ll say it one more time because we know that you are tired and skimming. These are actual scary attractions, meant to scare people and are not necessarily recommended for children.
If you are looking for a scary experience for tweens and teens, check out our list of Haunted Attractions for Tweens and Teens Near Greenville, SC, that may be more appropriate.
For families with children who are looking for a non-scary alternative, we recommend that you check our Trick-or-Treating and Halloween Events Guide to Greenville.
Looking for a little more scare? Check out this list of Haunted Places near Greenville where we give you a list of of local places with spooky stories all their own and known to be haunted.
Nightmare Dungeon is considered terrifying, and they even offer a “hands-on option” for adults that will allow the characters to interact with guests up close and personal, to the point of picking them up! We express caution when visiting this attraction with younger children since they may see others being touched by the characters. The characters do not touch guests who did not purchase the “hands-on option” The haunt has three large structures that are indoors, inside of a 120-year-old house. There is a lot of gore, scary imagery, characters to interact with and be scared by, and more.
Nightmare Dungeon is open nightly from September 16th through November 5th, 2022.
Admission: $30 + $2.50 fee for everyone, including kids. Buy tickets online.
This attraction makes haunted houses family-friendly events in addition to the haunted house, including a picnic area, bonfires, music, photos with characters, access to food, and more.
Don’t let the family-friendly fun fool you, Madworld claims to be the scariest haunted house in the state.
Open weekends from September 9th until November 5th. See the calendar for date and time details.
Admission: Madworld offers a variety of admission options and packages. See their ticketing website for a complete list of options.
Family Friendly haunted house experience
Scary Haunted House Experience
Big Kids and Tweens at Mad World
We love that Mad World also offers a “No-Scare” Medallion for both grown-ups and kids. The Medallion “allows your children to take back control of the night by not only signaling to the monsters to stay away from him/her but also giving the child special powers to control the monster!”
*Please see the very comprehensive FAQ’s on their website as well
This is a 35-minute Haunted Trail along the banks of the Tyger River in Spartanburg, SC. This trail takes you through multiple staged areas including a haunted corn maze, slaughterhouse, killer clown zone, graveyard, and asylum. 2022 also features a new frightening Farm House to explore.
Nightmare Hollow is definitely scary and there is quite a bit of blood and gore, but one reason why it makes the list of good haunted attractions for big kids and tweens is because the staff is so kind and sympathetic to the children (and parents) that are brave enough to give their attraction a try.
In fact, Bonehead the Clown (he actually even has his own Facebook page) jump scared me while I was taking photos before we had entered the maze. When he realized that he had accidentally also terrified my daughter, he offered her a peppermint and assured her that he was nice. That’s just one example of the kind of experience we had at Haunted Hollow.
You can let the staff know if you want them to tone it down a bit for your child and you have a guide that can allow any member of your party to walk around a part of the attraction that might be a bit too intense.
This is a scary attraction and we recommend waiting until children are old enough to understand that the actors are in costume and that the attractions are all staged.
Admission price: $20 Fridays, $25 Saturdays, CASH ONLY
2022 Opening weekend: September 23rd & 24th
Open September 23rd, 24th, 30th
Open October 1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st
This haunted house sounds like a real thrill and includes “intense audio, lighting effects, fog and mist,” and many other special effects. The experience also includes a 3-D Haunt and Fun House. It is not recommended for children under the age of 12, though they can visit if they are willing. They also have axe throwing to enjoy.
2022 dates: Weekends September 30th through October 30th
Pricing: Regular admission- $30; Fast pass admission: $40;
Children 12 and under – $20; Children 12 and under fast pass – $30
Axe Throwing- $5 for 6 throws
Sweet Dreams Scare House has a quarter mile of indoor and outdoor haunting, with suspension artists and “freakshow” performances before entering the trail. The attraction offers interactive characters and creative frightening scenery throughout the haunt.
Open weekends from September 16th through October 22nd, 2022
Open October 26th through 31st, 2022
Open November 4th – 5th, 2022
Pricing: Adults $25; Children 10 and younger: $15 ( We do not recommend younger children attend)
Fast pass tickets available for an additional $10