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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

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Here are some local haunted happenings that will test your Halloween mettle - if you dare.

•  Dr. Scream’s: The 4D Ride of Your Death and Trail of Terror

Where They Dwell: Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach, near Tanger Outlets on U.S. 501

When They Roam the Night: 8 p.m. – midnight through Halloween

Cost of Fear: $15 per person

Duration of Dread: Approximately 20 Minutes

Investigate for Yourself: or call 385-0835

Who Should Not Enter Here: This is not for children younger than 7, pregnant women or anyone with heart conditions

•  Nightmare Haunted House

Where They Dwell: 1001 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

When They Roam the Night: 6 p.m. – midnight Friday through Halloween. After Halloween, it is open 6 p.m. – midnight Friday-Monday.

Cost of Fear: $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12, $12 for the Paranormal Show hosted by Nobody Jones (Paranormal Show starts at 9 p.m., only in the peak season days)

Duration of Dread: Jeff Bracey, who has worked at the attraction for five years, says, “Most people are in and out in ten minutes, but there are exceptions. The record for fastest exit is one minute, fifty-four seconds. The longest time inside is an amazing one hour, fourteen minutes and eighteen seconds.”

Investigate for Yourself: or call 626-0022

Who Should Not Enter Here: Jeff Bracey says, “We’ll let anyone in, but we do warn parents that there are no refunds. We don’t charge children 5 and under because we really don’t think they will make it all the way through.” He also warns that anyone with serious medical conditions, heart problems or susceptibility to seizures, should let the staff know before entering.

•  Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Where They Dwell: 901 Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach

When They Roam the Day/Night: Noon until whenever business wanes through Halloween. After Halloween, it is open noon – 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and noon – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cost of Fear: $14 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-11 (50 percent discount with a local ID)

Duration of Dread: Unknown

Investigate for Yourself: or call 448-2331

Who Should Not Enter Here: Kids younger than 6 aren’t admitted. Beware those with heart conditions or those prone to seizures.

•  Terror Under The Bridge

Where They Dwell: Lower River Warehouse, 975 2nd Avenue, Conway. The Warehouse is under the Main Street Bridge, on the Riverwalk.

When They Roam the Night: 7-11 p.m. through Halloween.

Cost of Fear: $10 per person ($1 per ticket is donated to Fostering Hope)

Duration of Dread: 10 to 15 minutes

Investigate for Yourself: or call 283-9229

Who Should Not Enter Here: Adrianne Anderson, of Terror Under the Bridge, says, “All ages (welcomed), but we recommend middle school and up. But parents can use their discretion. As far as is a haunted house…standard precautions – heart conditions, pregnant women, and any physical conditions that might be a danger. We do use strobe lights and fog.”

•  Visions of Horror (Featuring The Dead Walk on Halloween night)

Where They Dwell: Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach; the previous site of Bodies Revealed exhibit next to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

When They Roam the Night: from dark until victims stop sacrificing themselves, through Halloween

Cost of Fear: $15 per person. $12 for the Dead Walk Bracelet on Halloween, which entitles you to professional makeup done by RJ Haddy, a ticket into the haunted house and enters you into a drawing to win a zombie bust

Duration of Dread: Usually 10-15 minutes, but there are always exits present if you can’t take it. Just don’t break the door off the frame. That’s already happened once this season.

Investigate for Yourself:

Who Should Not Enter Here: It’s open to all and left to discretion - but it is intense. Pregnant women, heart conditions, and anyone prone to seizures should steer clear.

Derrick Bracey, for Weekly Surge

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