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Cells of Terror actors in the infirmary at the Old LImestone County Jail prepare for visitors in 2006.
Daily file photo by Jonathan Palmer
Cells of Terror actors in the infirmary at the Old LImestone County Jail prepare for visitors in 2006.

A Haunting
We Will Go

Jail cells, houses, mazes offer thrills and chills in the Valley

By Danielle Komis Palmer · 340-2447

With only a few days left to spook yourself for Halloween, now is your last chance to hit the area haunted houses and other creepy places if you haven’t already. C’mon, this great excuse to enjoy scary stories and blood and gore only comes around once a year, so enjoy it while you can!

Here are some spine-tingling sights to check out that will either bring nightmares or at least some shrieks and giggles.

Cells of Terror

Creepy tale: This haunted house opened last year in the former Limestone County Jail in Athens and is said to be haunted by ghosts of former prisoners, including a blue male apparition who supposedly hanged himself in the jail.

Where: Athens, at Green and Jefferson streets

When: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, opens at 7 p.m. Closes at 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Closes at midnight Wednesday.

Cost: Tickets are $15. Group rates available for groups of 20 or more Sunday, Monday and Tuesday only.

More info:

Goodsprings Haunted House

Creepy tale: Legend has it that a family of six disappeared from this farmhouse in the hills and the only signs of them now are eerie screams in the night.

Where: Anderson, on Persimmon Tree Road off Alabama 99

When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Opens at dusk.

Cost: $7

More info: www.goodsprings


Creepy tale: Aliens have landed in a desolate cornfield on Alabama 20 and are lurking in the shadows of this sprawling corn maze that features flashing lights and music.

Where: Decatur, on Alabama 20 near the Interstate 565 interchange

When: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Opens at dark.

Cost: Tickets are $8 for ages 5 to 12, ages 65 and older, and members of the military. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 to 64.

More info: or call the X-Maze hot line at 541-6883.

Tunnels of Terror

Creepy tale: The spooky tale goes that the Space and Rocket Center was built on top of a doomed mining site that once was an Indian burial ground. The site of many miners’ deaths was unearthed for the first time this year, revealing miners and workers stuck in the rubble. Enter these haunted tunnels if you dare.

Where: Huntsville, behind the rocket exhibit at the Space and Rocket Center

When: Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 6 to 12 p.m. Children’s trick or treating from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Cost: Adults $12, children under 12, $10, pre-order at

More info:

Old Burleson Asylum
Haunted House

Creepy tale: They say this asylum was used in the late 1800s as a treatment facility for the mentally insane and was shut down after 20 years due to reports of cruel experiments performed on patients. They say some of those experiments caused the mutilation, disfigurement and ultimately death of some residents.

Where: Hartselle, the Old F.E. Burleson Building, 305 College St.

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.-midnight

Cost: Adults $10, children under 12, $8 (must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older).

More info: www.oldburleson

Haunted Maize

Creepy Tale: The 14-mile corn Maze offers “Haunted, Creepy Corn” after dusk during the Halloween season

Where: Brownsboro, Brownsboro Road

When: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Opens at dusk.

Cost: $12-$14 adults, $10-$12 children 6-11

More info:

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