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Delaware, the first state, and home to many scare attractions. Between haunted trails, houses and hayrides this state has plenty to offer its citizens during the month of October. If you are looking for weekend scary fun while waiting for Halloween to finally arrive, check out these scary attractions that will make your blood run cold.
New Castle County
This beloved Delaware horror attraction has a special place in Smyrna and Middletown residents’ hearts. Located at 309 Port Penn Road in Middletown, Frightland features numerous horror attractions such as Haunted Hayride, Haunted Barn, Zombie Prison, Ghost Town and much more. Also, for individuals who may not enjoy the live scare entertainment there are carnival rides, games and food available.
309 Port Penn Road, Middletown • 838-0256
This former harbor defense facility during the American Civil War is home to a three-hour paranormal investigation tour alongside Delaware State Ghost Investigators. Fort Delaware holds tours from Oct. 4-26 starting at 6:30 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Check out their website for ticket prices and more information.
45 Clinton St., Delaware City • 834-7941
Hockessin Haunted House
The Hockessin Haunted House has been a fan favorite for 17 years. This year’s tour features The House of Winchester, which will allow guests to encounter paranormal activity, spirits and demons that lurk behind the shadows. All proceeds earned from this event benefit Comp Animals Pet Rescue, an all-volunteer and no kill shelter. This haunted house is only open on Oct. 18, 19, 26 and 26 so hurry down for a ghostly scare.
19 Nathalie Drive, Hockessin • 547-1257 or 530-1992
Mansion House Farm Paintball
Located in Bear, Mansion House Farm has the perfect way to battle the undead. Zombie Paintball Hayride is open every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 2, and features one hayride and 100 paintballs to take out your prey. Afterwards there’s a bonfire, food and drinks to enjoy with living family and friends.
557 Mansion House Road, Bear • 438-7366 or 650-3141
New Castle Historical Society
If you're brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle County, Hauntings in History is the event for you. Held by the New Castle Historical Society on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, Hauntings in History will indulge your ghost hunting fantasies. Guests will get a tour of the Amstel House—which is notorious for being one of the most haunted houses in New Castle—and may get to meet the "Woman in Blue."
30 Market St., New Castle • 322-2794
Rockwood Ghost Tours
The Rockwood Mansion was featured on the popular TV show “Ghost Hunters,” and is still one of the most haunted places in the state of Delaware. This tour features an in-depth study using advanced equipment, and requires guests to be able to traverse many stairs. Visit this website to view upcoming tour dates.
4651 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington • 761-4340
This house is known to be one of Delaware’s most haunted. Due to its history of being owned by wealthy farmers and a stop on the Underground Railroad, it's said to be home to many spirits. For more information about the site's ghosts and legends and to schedule a tour, visit their website.
151 Kings Highway Southwest, Dover • 739-5656
John Dickinson Plantation
The John Dickinson Plantation is said to be haunted by the former founding father himself. Individuals have been reported hearing the sound of a quill pen writing on parchment and witnessing rumpled bed sheets looking as if they had been slept on. If you want to witness this paranormal activity for yourself, check out their website to schedule a tour.
340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover • 739-3277
The Haunted Barn & Trail
Open to the public every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1 from 8 p.m.-midnight, admission to The Haunted Barn & Trail is $10.
528 Five Foot Prong Lane, Camden-Wyoming • 382-9438
The Cemetery House
Running for 27 years, The Cemetary House is one of the longest operating haunted houses on the Eastern Shore. This scary attraction is open on Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26, and features ghouls, zombies, creatures and more in order to give their visitors a genuine scare. Visit the event's Facebook page for details and accurate information about weather delays and closings.
205 W. 10th St., Laurel • Facebook
Nightmare’s Haunted House
Back for it's 19th year of scaring, Nightmare's Haunted House operates as a non-profit and raises funds for local organizations. This year's event promises new thrills and frightening monsters. For more information and to see a weekly roundup of "victim" reaction photos, visit the attraction's Facebook page.
10912 County Seat Road, Laurel • Facebook