31 Years and Still Growing Strong
As the leaves change colors, and days grow shorter, the woods morph into a scary place. At Kersey Valley in Archdale, they become “Spookywoods.”
Spookywoods is one of the premiere haunts in the country, being listed in the top 13 haunts in the country by Hauntworld.com in 2013 and 2014, and featured as one of America’s scariest haunted attractions on the Travel Channel.
“We are one of the only shows that base our concepts on in-house things,” said Joh Harp, Special Effects Supervisor at Spookywoods.
“We don’t base our sets or characters on something that artists sell to the haunt industry. When the customers come to see our show, it’s a fully original show. We are very proud of that fact.”
This year will mark Spookywoods 31st year in the haunted house industry, and there are several new additions to celebrate this year’s anniversary. The Apple Cider Donut Shop will offer apple cider slushies and, of course, hot apple cider donuts. They’ve also added a new free photo-op area where customers can get a spooky picture taken with some of their favorite characters while they wait in line.
“Our concept for the midway waiting area will offer the classic characters that have been with our haunt since the beginning,” Harp said.
Inside the haunt, you’ll find new storylines throughout. Harp noted that there are 15 themes within the show, and they’ve worked to intensify the feeling and atmosphere for every scene this year. This year’s terrifying scenes and sets include “Burning Time,” which is set in an era reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials.
“A mass panic has broken out, and they are accusing the local women of conjuring,” Harp said. “The customer feels as though they are on trial.”
A new addition to the wooded portion of Spookywoods is Holidayland, where even your favorite time of year can be turned into your worst nightmare.
“It will begin with St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, and then, Halloween,” Harp said. “We’ve given each holiday a set and environment and taken a good mascot for each of them and turned that mascot into a bit of a villain.”
Visitors can also make reservations to visit the Kersey Valley Escape Room.
“We built the Manor last year, and after the season was over we turned it into an escape room,” said Tony Wohlgemuth, founder of Kersey Valley. “It’s about as state-of-the-art as you can get.”
More Than Just Thrills and Chills
With every year that Kersey Valley grows with more attractions, it also grows deeper roots into the surrounding community. Every year, they team with the Davidson County chapter of the Red Cross, and anyone who gives blood receives a free ticket to a sneak preview night in September. After that they offer a “buy one, get one free” coupon for blood donations in later September and October.
“We also give 100 free tickets to the Vet Tix organization for veterans and their families,” said Wohlgemuth. “We offer a 50 percent discount at onsite box office sales with military ID.”
Kersey Valley is also involved in the schools. Children in the Guilford County School system who complete a summer reading program receive a free Spookywoods or Corn Maze Adventure ticket.
Kersey Valley is located at 1615 Kersey Valley Road in Archdale. For a Spookywoods and Escape Room schedule and reservations, e-mail email@example.com, call 336.431.1700, or visit the website at www.kerseyvalley.com.
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