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Sycamore Lodge’s “Haunted Forest” Attraction Isn’t Just Scaring People; It’s Helping Save Lives

Dexter Mabe (left) and Cody Troxler (right), both of Ellerbe, pose with one of the Haunted Forest's characters last Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Christy Mabe.

JACKSON SPRING, N.C. – The only thing that beats a good Halloween scare is seeing that scare go to helping a great cause.

And that’s what the Haunted Forest at Sycamore Lodge is doing. The volunteer event will donate all of its proceeds from this year’s haunted forest attraction to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

And anyone looking for a fantastic scare is in luck, as for the last two years, the event has placed in the top 10 on the list of the best haunted houses in North Carolina. In 2016, the haunted forest placed third in the state.

Geared to give thrill seekers and families a safe and “chilling” experience, the Haunted Forest costs just $10, or $8 with a military identification card. Sprawling over the Sycamore Lodge’s campus, the forest offers many attractions, including 10 spooky houses and a graveyard. The event also offers snacks, refreshments, and free parking.

“The scariest part of the Haunted Forest was when I came out of the House of Pain,” said Dexter Mabe, an eighth grader from Ellerbe. “There was a guy with a chainsaw chasing after us. And I’ll be honest, my favorite part was when I exited the last house. But it was a lot of fun.”


The spooky houses all have different themes, and after opening day on Saturday October 14, workers took a vote of which house was the fan favorite, and it was decided that the Jeepers Creepers house was the best.

“When we were in the Zombie House, there was this really loud sound that scared me half to death,” explained Cody Troxler, also an eighth grader from Ellerbe. “The Jeepers Creepers House was definitely the scariest one; as soon as we entered Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger were there to greet us.”

Only open for the next two Saturdays, October 21 and 28, the Haunted Forest at Sycamore Lodge is encouraging everyone interested in coming out and supporting a great cause.

 The event will begin at 7:30 p.m., and run until 11:30 p.m. The Haunted Forest is located at 1059 Sycamore Lane in Jackson Spring. To contact the Lodge for more information, please call (910) 420-3843.


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