The fall season brings brisk weather, early sunsets and sometimes evenings full of scares.
The Buford Trail of Terror located on Friendship Road is just one local scare-attraction folks can visit this fall, but if clowns aren’t your thing, maybe stay clear of the “CarnEVIL” theme this year.
Unlike the typical haunted house, guests endure around 15 minutes of spooks, screams and horrors while walking through some of Northeast Georgia’s creepiest woods, encountering monsters, evil clowns and characters straight from the movies and TV shows.
The trail is an operation that takes a slew of professionals to coordinate so the public can get an annual Halloween scare. Preparation begins around 2:30 in the afternoon and continues through 1:30 in the morning if the team is lucky.
Hannah Adams, the lead make-up artist for Trail of Terror, is just one part of the operation. Adams and her assistant’s roles are to help actors look their best with blood, guts and gore, but it’s not a quick process.
“Star and myself get here around 4:15 in the afternoon and we are non-stop until about 6:45 is usually when we are out of here,” Adams said.
Adams and her partner spend anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour-and-a-half on any one character’s make-up. The timing of the make-up depends on prosthetics and effects the actor requests, Adams said.
Once the actors leave the make-up venue, they make their way a couple of miles down the road to the haunted trail. The team will then go to their marks, prepare their stations and get into character before guests arrive around 7:30 p.m.
The trail actually opens for guests around 8:00, but during the 30-minute window, guests are greeted by the monsters of the CarnEVIL and can warm up with a food truck on site.
Guests have the option to purchase a ticket for only the haunted trail, or they can buy a combo ticket for five dollars more and go on a hayride through a separate area of the woods. The hayride is labeled as a “Sasquatch Hayride,” because Sasquatch himself is the driver of the tractor. Guests may also purchase a solo hayride if the haunted trail is not the kind of entertainment they are looking for.
Guests paying in cash will receive a five-dollar discount on all ticket sales.
The attraction is open Saturday, Oct. 26 and then next week on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. For more information on the Trail of Terror, visit their website.
View the video above for a behind-the-scenes perspective - and to see if the trail is something you can handle.