Delaware, the first state, and home to many scare attractions.Between hauntedtrails, housesand hayrides this state has plenty to offer its citizens during the monthof October. If you are looking forweekendscaryfun while waiting for Halloween to finally arrive, check out these scary attractions that will make your blood run cold.
Thisformer harbor defense facility during the American Civil War is home to a three-hourparanormal investigation tour alongside Delaware State Ghost Investigators. Fort Delawareholds 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
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, spiritsand demons that lurk behind the shadows. All proceeds earned from this eventbenefitComp Animals Pet Rescue, an all-volunteer and no kill shelter.This haunted house is only open on Oct. 18, 19, 26and 26so hurry down for a ghostly scare.
19 Nathalie Drive,Hockessin•547-1257or 530-1992
Mansion House Farm Paintball
Located in Bear, Mansion House Farmhas the perfect way to battle the undead.Zombie Paintball Hayride is open every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 2, andfeatures one hayride and 100paintballsto take out your prey. Afterwards there’s a bonfire, foodand 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, Hauntingsin History is theevent for you. Held by the New Castle Historical Society on Fridays and Saturdaysthrough Oct.26,Hauntingsin History will indulge your ghost hunting fantasies. Guests will get a tour of theAmstelHouse—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
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 tourfeatures an in-depth study using advanced equipment, andrequires 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 reportedhearing the sound ofa quill pen writing on parchment and witnessing rumpled bed sheetslookingas 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.
528FiveFootProng 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.10thSt.,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’sFacebook page.
10912 County Seat Road, Laurel• Facebook