Get spooked at local haunted houses

Erin Sparks

It is that time of year that everyone is looking for a good scare at a haunted house, but nothing is scarier than long lines and steep ticket prices.

Haunted houses and other attractions around the Lexington area are gearing up for peak season and there’s surely something spooktacular for everyone.

Fright Nights at Jacobson Park

The serene Lexington park located on Athens Boonesboro Road transforms into your worst nightmare during the month of October. Its three attractions will grab you and literally pull you in. The Dark Forest attraction leads you into the woods to fend for yourself against bloody monsters, ghouls and ghosts following the story of the Willow family and their demented relatives. The 13 Doors attraction calls upon participants to navigate through a maze of different rooms while unveiling 13 different creepy creatures behind each door. Lastly, the Entrapment attraction uses darkness and the unknown to send a chill down the spines of participants. The Fright Night website warns participants of attacks from every direction.

“It was so scary. I was on my toes the whole time. The fact that they could touch you was horrifying,”  said Haley Emerick, a UK communication junior.

Fright Nights at Jacobson Park is open Thursday-Sunday and the Monday of Halloween from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday. Tickets include admission to all three attractions and can be bought online for $29.75.

Fright Nights at Walker Farm

Walker Farm goes all out for a country-style-scare that only the bravest of the Bluegrass can handle. Just a few miles east of Lexington, Fright Nights at Walker Farm boasts three horribly horrifying attractions. In true Kentucky fashion, participants can use paintball guns to defend themselves on the Zombie Hayride, take a scary stroll through the Candyland Cornmaze and shriek in terror on the Haunted Hayride. For those that are crazy enough to try it, Fright Nights at Walker Farm also offers an option to campout with the creepy creatures overnight.

Michelle Puckett, company assistant for Fright Nights Kentucky explains that despite best efforts to keep lines short, peak weekend can have customers waiting for 45 minutes to an hour. For $10 more than the general admission ticket, Walker Farm offers an “R.I.P Speed Pass,” which allows participants to skip lines. 

“The lines were acceptable! They used characters to entertain us while we waited,” said Maria Lopez, a UK communication junior.

General admission to all three attractions is $29.75 and the speed pass is $39.75.

Nightmare on Greenway

This haunted house is perfect for anyone looking for a philanthropic fright. This is the first year that the owner, Stephen Kober, has transformed his entire home into a haunted house in effort to raise money for the Life Adventure Center in Versailles, Kentucky. Admission to the house is free but Kober and volunteers are asking for donations to support the Warrior Adventure Program for military families.

“We had a GoFundMe up and we’ve already met the fundraising goal. Any additional funds will be donated to the Life Adventure Center because I’m a wounded veteran and I really firmly believe in what they do out there,” Kober said.

A candy hunt for kids and families will happen at the house from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the haunted house will start right after. Nightmare on Greenway will be in operation on Oct. 29, 30 and 31 at 2825 Greenway Court in Lexington.