Looking for a scare? The Haunted Forest at Panic Point is the place to be in Youngsville, NC for a truly horrifying experience. Owners Geoff Huguely and Brian Garff opened the attraction in 2011 after the real estate market slowed down and they were looking for a new business venture. The duo was inspired by friends of Huguely's in Maryland who had been part of haunted attractions since the early 1990s. After visiting, Huguely and Garff created their own haunted experience for the greater Raleigh community.
"The Haunted Forest consists of the main attraction which is a ½ mile walk through the forest with ten scenes," Huguely says. "In addition, there are other additional attractions which include the Dark Trail, The Howling Hayride, The Carney Crypt (a trailer haunt) and two corn mazes, one which is haunted."
The staff at Panic Point tries to make The Haunted Forest and all the other attractions even scarier every year. For those who are too scared in the middle of an attraction, there are trail bosses and haunters that will come escort you out of the forest. There is also a circle, or waiting, area with a DJ and dance floor for those who want to take a break from the fear.
"We market the Haunt as PG-13 and don't recommend kids under the age of 12, although we have had younger kids attend," Huguely says. "Our most popular age group is kids and adults from ages 14-25, but people of all ages have a great time here."
There are three different ticket packages, depending on the level of fear you want to experience. Forest Fright is $19 and gets you into the half-mile walk through The Haunted Forest. The next tier is the Triple Fright for $29. This package gets you into what they call The Treacherous Three: The Haunted Forest, The Dark Trail and The Howling Hayride. Lastly, the Package of Fear is $34 and gets you access to all of the attractions at Panic Point, including Carny Crypt and Menacing Maze.
The Haunted Forest at Panic Point is currently hiring for the 2016 haunting season. However, if you can't wait, Panic Point has year round activities, including mud runs and laser tag. While they might not be as scary, you'll be able to get down and dirty with your friends while you wait for the fearful season to start.
For more information feel free to check out their website at www.raleighhauntedhouse.com.