Events such as this draw attention to A-T, a disease many people have never heard of and help us further our fundraising and awareness efforts.
Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) October 2, 2008
Joining the ranks of the premier haunted attractions throughout the country, Woods of Terror has been named one of 'America's Best Haunts' for 2008. Founded by the authority on thrill park haunts to recognize the attractions that are head and shoulders above the rest, americasbesthaunts.com selects only a chosen few to proudly proclaim its seal and Woods of Terror is one of only 11 to be selected.
In operation since 1991, Woods of Terror is one of the most intense haunted attractions in the Southeast and transforms 20 acres of rural woodlands into a terrifying haunted trail in Greensboro, North Carolina. (5601 Church St.)
For 17 years, the Woods of Terror has been spooking thousands of young and old visitors alike. The Greensboro, N.C. attraction is expected to see over 15,000 visitors this year and has been selected for the second year in a row as one of America's Best Haunts by industry experts.
Highlights include free-roaming zombies and monsters, a graveyard, and scenes from some of Hollywood's scariest movies such as SAW, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, The Ring, The Mist, Nightmare on Elm Street and, of course, Halloween.
This year features 3 new attractions; the "Virus" (complete with a bio-hazard area) "Blackbeard's Revenge" haunted pirate ship and "3D Extreme," the only 3D attraction of its kind in North Carolina. Past crowd pleasers "The Redneck Hayride" and "Heavy Metal Nightmare" are also back.
Woods of Terror visitors experience vivid scenes through the use of movie-quality sets, special effects makeup, high tech props and lighting. More than 95 actors help transform the rural countryside into a frightening haunted trail worthy of any Hollywood movie set.
This year, Woods of Terror also wants to help raise money to fight something that is frightening but also real: a lethal genetic disease that attacks children.
This Halloween season, Woods of Terror will host the "Hollers for Dollars" fundraiser on Oct.11 to benefit the A-T (ataxia-telangiectasia) Children's Project, a nonprofit that raises funds to find a cure for A-T, a progressive, degenerative disease that attacks children.
The Woods of Terrror will donate $2 of every ticket sold to A-T Children's Project.
"We are so pleased to partner with Woods of Terror for this event on Oct.11" said Lisa Ganem, local event coordinator for A-T Children's Project. "Events such as this draw attention to A-T, a disease many people have never heard of and help us further our fundraising and awareness efforts."
The A-T fundraiser will be in honor of Chaz Erwin, a local man and die-hard fan of Woods of Terror who suffers from the disease.
A-T impacts several body systems, including the neuromuscular, and many children living with the disease are confined to a wheelchair by the age of ten. It also causes compromised immune systems and predisposition to certain cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma.
Additionally, Woods of Terror is a sponsor of the Boo Bash Dash 5K & 10K, another local A-T event fundraiser on Oct. 25 that begins at Ham's Restaurant Lakeside and weaves through New Irving Park.
Woods of Terror is owned and operated by Eddie McLaurin on land that has been in Eddie's family for years. He created the haunted trail on his grandparent's property because of his love of Halloween. Horror fans from as far as Florida will visit Woods of Terror this Halloween season. It is not uncommon to see carloads of service men and women from Ft. Bragg Military Base come up to Greensboro.
"It is unbelievable the amount of people that come from Fayetteville to take advantage of the buy-one-get-one free pricing for active military", said McLaurin.
For convenience, Woods of Terror operates a numbered system for entrance and people are admitted in groups of ten. Visitors, before or after they become victims of the Woods, can enjoy touring the Woods of Terror's Museum featuring movie props from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Pirates of the Caribbean, watch horror movies on a big screen or grab a bite to eat at concessions.
General admission tickets are $15 - $23. This year, those wishing to avoid waiting can purchase Fast Track passes for $25 - $35. Tickets are sold at the door (5601 N. Church St, Greensboro, NC 27455), in advance by calling 336-286-9396 or online at http://www.woodsofterror.com.
Groups of 20 or more can purchase discounted tickets in advance. Discounts cannot be combined.
Woods of Terror is pleased to offer a special admission of buy one full admission ticket, get one free for active Military, Police, Fire and EMS personnel with valid I.D.
Woods of Terror is a haunted attraction created for adults. Therefore, it is not recommended for children under the age twelve. No child admitted under age five.
To learn more, visit http://www.woodsofterror.com