While you are figuring out how to get the most out of the Halloween season this year, you may want to make a stop at Scream Acres in Bishopville, where you could be a big help to one of the scariest guys in horror movie history.
Although proceeds from ticket sales may not benefit the real Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the money will help Terry Davis, who has played the character at Scream Acres for many years.
Bobby Hasibar, owner of Scream Acres, said Davis would always entertain the crowd while they were waiting in line but has not come out this year because he is ill.
Terry actually helped start Scream Acres in the early '90s and has always taken on the character of Freddy Krueger because he kind of looks and sounds like him, Hasibar said.
"We miss him," Hasibar said.
Davis is the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back, he said.
Hopefully he can get back on his feet and come back out, he said.
Hasibar said Scream Acres has always been a charitable organization, and remaining proceeds collected each season that do not go toward preparing for the next season are given to people in need, he said. Scream Acres is a volunteer-operated organization, he said.
Donations from Scream Acres have gone to volunteer fire stations, have covered travel expenses for people seeking medical treatment and have covered a portion of funeral costs for at least one family.
The donations may not be thousands of dollars, but they do provide financial relief for local families, Hasibar said.
There are only three more weekends left to enjoy Scream Acres. The attraction's final night this season is on Halloween.
Scream Acres is a family friendly attraction for horror fans of all ages.
Regular-admission tickets are $15, and fast-pass tickets are $25. Tickets include access to the haunted house and haunted hayride.
For directions and more details about Scream Acres, go to screamacreshauntedhouse.com.
You can also enjoy a night of scares at Kreepy Hollow Haunted House in Bishopville.
Patsy Sims said her husband, Benji Sims, opened the haunted house in 2008 after working at Scream Acres, where his sister volunteers. The Halloween season has since become a friendly competition between siblings.
He has a passion for haunted houses and decided to buy some land and build a big haunted house, Sims said.
She said Kreepy Hollow's two-story house is one of the largest haunted houses in the state and has attracted visitors from neighboring states.
This year, returning horror seekers can enjoy a new attraction, the mystery bus.
Visitors can now choose between the masters of horror bus, which will have appearances from classic horror movie characters, and the mystery bus, where riders will be surprised by their uninvited guests.
Sims said the characters on the mystery bus will change throughout the night.
Regular-admission tickets are $20, and fast-pass tickets are $35. Each ticket will provide access to the two-story haunted house, your pick of the masters of horror or mystery bus ride and a 2-mile haunted hayride.
For directions and information about dates and times, go to www.kreepyhollow.net.
Other Halloween activities include:
- Sumter County Library Teen Advisory Board will have a Teen Horror Night from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the main library, 111 N. Harvin St. To reserve a space, call (803) 773-7273.
- Sumter County Active Lifestyles will host a Costume Walk starting at noon on Oct. 21. There is no fee to participate. Sign-in and registration will be at 11:30 a.m. at the old Sumter County Courthouse on Main Street, which is also the starting point of the walk. The walk, which is estimated to last about one hour, will extend to the Central Carolina Technical College branch building and end at the old courthouse. Please bring water and comfortable shoes. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Everyone who wears a costume is eligible to have his or her picture posted on Sumter County Active Lifestyles' Facebook page. For more information, call (803) 774-3860.
- University of South Carolina Sumter Student Life will host a Halloween Carnival and Haunted House on Oct. 27. The carnival, which is open from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., is designed for young children and will include candy, games, face painting, hayrides and much more. There is no fee to attend the carnival. The haunted house will open from 7 to 11 p.m. and is designed for older children and adults. Admission for the haunted house is $5.
- Ain't No Stopping Us Aerobics will host the annual Trunk or Treat & Health Fair event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 at South HOPE Center, 1125 S. Lafayette Drive. The event is held in honor of Tony "TJ" Darrisaw, who was killed on Halloween night in 2008. For more information, contact Senthia Conyers at (803) 406-2218.
- Lee County Chamber of Commerce and South Carolina Cotton Museum will host a Halloween Costume Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Lee County Veterans Museum, 129 W. Cedar Lane, Bishopville. Admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Costumes are required to attend. There will be music, appetizers and BYOB.
- Young Professionals of Sumter will host Zombiefest from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 28. The day of horror-themed events will begin with the 5K Zombie Run, which will start at 9 a.m. on Main Street and Hampton Avenue. There is a $35 fee to enter the run. In the evening, participants can enjoy the Monster Ball and Costume Contest from 6 to 10 p.m. at La Piazza on Main Street. Admission for the ball is three nonperishable food items or $10. The costume contest, which will start at 8 p.m., is free to enter. For more information, call (803) 775-1231 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not a complete list.