Guests embark on haunted journey through Gaston’s Terror Falls

Terror Falls images, retrieved from Facebook.

Spooky season has crept into Columbia and Mike Shelton and his wife, Kathie, are ready to give Columbia a scare.

Located in Gaston, Terror Falls Haunted Farm is the Halloween hotspot for anyone looking for a night filled with ghouls, monsters and other frightening creatures. The Sheltons opened the gates to Terror Falls in 2014 and are excited to welcome guests brave enough to journey through Terror Falls for a fourth year.

During October, the farm is set to mimic an 1800’s mining village. Terror Falls is divided into four attractions: Meemaw’s Bed & Breakfast, Terror Trail, Terror Falls Hospital, and Field of Distortion.

“We have four separate attractions, all included in one ticket price,” Shelton said. “Each attraction is decorated to replicate the eerie setting of an old haunted village.”

The journey begins in an area replicating an old mine shaft, moving through a haunted swamp filled with snakes. The next exhibit is the center of Terror Falls Village where guests will experience an old haunted cabin, Rick’s Smokehouse, and a voodoo parlor. The trail continues through Terror Falls Cemetery and a schoolhouse among other exhibits.

Guests are told to “look out for Lydia,” Shelton said. “Lydia is a member of the town who has gone missing.” The concept of Lydia the ghost came from a haunting in North Carolina where Mike and Kathie are from. “You may go on the hunt for her, but you may not come out,” he said.

The attraction has more than 40 paid actors, and Terror Falls is filled with plenty of opportunity to jump and scream. Other special effects include fog, interactive exhibits, sounds and lights that are put in place to enhance the experience throughout the farm.

Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing when embarking on the haunting, as many of the attractions include maneuvering through tight spaces and crawling through small openings.

Tickets can be purchased online ($15) or on-site ($20). Terror Falls’ ticket booth opens at 7:30 p.m. on nights of operation and the haunting begins as soon as the sun is no longer in sight. For more information visit

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