Experience terror first-hand at Pinhead's GraveyardWell-known horror film characters come to life after dark
Those looking for a first-hand encounter with horror film characters that may have haunted their dreams can find it at Pinhead’s Graveyard on U.S. 19-23 between Candler and Canton.
In the course of about 25 long, dark and scary minutes, graveyard occupants such as Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Otis, Spaulding, Chucky, Crazy Clown, Zombies and more come to life as their sleep is disturbed by interlopers. All the characters along the half-mile walk are in costume, in a setting film enthusiasts will recognize. They will creep up when least expected and can be seen doing what they do best — scaring the living daylights out of those who interrupt their peaceful slumber in Pinhead Graveyard.
Pinhead himself greets the visitors.
“This place is for Pinhead and his friends only,” he warns. “Remember, Pinhead has warned you not to come, so do not be seen where you shouldn't be. … Your suffering will be legendary.”
Some have turned away after the first warning — and a glimpse of the dark trail ahead. Those who continue pass through chains of different lengths directly in the path and then get another warning from Otis, one punctuated with a flaming torch and a line of fire in the October leaves on the ground.
Those still undaunted proceed through a winding, downhill path where they must pass through an enclosure guarded by a bloody clown, find their way down two sets of dimly lit stairs and traipse through a narrow trail where their worst nightmare could pop up at any second.
For George Kraft, who went through the graveyard with his daughter and 10-year-old granddaughter, the experience was so authentic he will be back with several of his other grandchildren.
“We had a blast and loved seeing the characters,” he said, noting his granddaughter, Llandra jumped just a couple times when the chainsaws started up directly behind her and when she encountered characters from “The Wrong Turn.”
“She didn’t scream once,” he said proudly.
As graveyard visitors continue on their journey, they are chased by the familiar film characters in costumes so authentic they would even be scary in broad daylight. All must pass through a school bus in the path where they are thrown off balance with flashing strobe lights that render them ill-prepared for Jeepers Creepers, who startles them as his head and torso appear before their eyes suspended from an opening above the driver’s seat.
The experience is billed as one of the largest outdoor haunted houses in the Southeast and is one where visitors should expect the unexpected, even as they reach what they believe is the safety of the parking lot.
Pinhead’s Graveyard is located at 2099 Asheville Highway between Canton and Candler. It is open nightly through Nov. 2, and operates from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with weekend hours extended until midnight.
Admission is $15 per person, and the event is billed as “family friendly,” offering a toned-down experience for groups that include young children.