For a scary good time, Hopkinsville-Christian County offers several haunting experiences for the entire family this Halloween season.
Copper Canyon Ranch
Dr. Sawbones will be giving a tour through the Ghost Town at the Copper Canyon Ranch tonight and every Friday and Saturday in October.
Starting around 6:30 p.m. until 1 a.m., visitors take a 25-minute haunted hayride at 14750 Ovil Road.
“It’s a western town,” said Tim Emery, owner. “We’ve got a couple of shootouts. We have Dracula and his wife on the stage … We’ve got a lot of actors and special effects. It’s a lot of fun.”
Cost is $10 adults at the gate. Kids 12 and under enter for free. Emery said it’s family-friendly entertainment.
“It’s got a lot of humor in it too,” he said. “We’ve got Bigfoot down there. That’s humorous to me.”
Emery advised that Ghost Town visitors wear warm clothing or bring blankets because the evenings are cool.
“It’s a good outdoor activity. You can keep your distance. It’s a safe thing to do outside,” he said. “We want people to be comfortable and safe and have a good time.”
Nightmares End Haunted House
For the past 16 years, the Alder family has operated the Nightmares End Haunted House, located at 1595 Billy Goat Hill Road in Hopkinsville, 1.5 miles off 41 north.
“It’s an old school haunted house,” said Cary Alder, owner. “Everyone has a really good time out here.”
This year’s theme is “House of the Dead.” Alder said visitors can expect original characters and creatures played by dozens of actors, as well as fog machines and strobe lights.
“We change things up every year,” he said. “It’s dark. There are tight places. We’ve had people have panic attacks and leave.”
Alder recommends Nightmares End for teenagers and adults, but children are welcome.
“We have had children come out probably as young as 5 years old go through it with their parents,” he said. “I leave that up to the parents because some kids can tolerate things like this.”
Alder said generally groups take 15-20 minutes to travel through the haunted house.
“Some people walk faster than others,” he said. “Some run, some walk. We don’t recommend running, but some people do.”
Social distancing and face masks are required to enter. Hours are 7 p.m. until midnight weeknights. Tickets are $10 each at the ticket booth on the property. For event information, call 270-484-2092.
Anyone who survives the terror of the Ghost Town and Nightmares End should explore the Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library’s first creepy Haunted Library from 5 until 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
“This is an activity where people will be walking through and we can limit how many people can go through the Haunted Library at a time,” said Jennifer Annis-Domenech, youth services librarian.
Annis-Domenech said this event is recommended for children 8 years of age and older.
“We’ll have some jump scares. We’ll have a lot of atmospheric spaces,” she said. “We will have strobe lights and fog machines.”
Annis-Domenech said the entire upstairs of the library is haunted. Guests will start their tour downstairs in the children’s department.
“They will travel upstairs to enter the Haunted Library,” she said. “It goes all the way through and they exit out the back door.”
Annis-Domenech said visitors will see some unique characters, who will be wearing masks for safety and as part of the costumes. She said all participants are required to wear masks.
“We’re going clown-free,” she said. “It will be a fun activity to do with the family. It’s a fun way to get your blood pumping and get excited about going into the Halloween season.”
Annis-Domenech said admission to the Haunted Library is free, but donations will be accepted at the entrance.
“We really hope that Christian County embraces the idea and that this is something we can recreate in future years,” she said. “We would love to make it bigger and better every year.”
Other area haunted sites
In Cadiz, visit two floors of the Trigg Terror Haunted Seed Mill on 6321 Hopkinsville Road for a spooky Halloween experience. The haunted attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. until midnight in October. Trigg Terror is located right next to exit 65 on I-24.
Try your luck at the Fatal Backwoods Haunted House at 2240 Stringtown Road in Elkton from 7 until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October. Halloween weekend hours will be 7 until 11 p.m. Admission price is $10 per person.