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Local haunted attractions prepare to scare this Halloween season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)– Zombies, dolls and twisted doctors are some of the things you can expect at your favorite haunted attractions for 2015, and many open by the weekend of  October 15.

Dozens of people work behind the scenes for months building secret hallways and trap doors with one goal: to make you scream. It's been decades of perfecting the craft of spooking for Gary Bingham, the owner and the mind behind Dr. Scream's Haunted Mansion.

His haunted house moves to different abandoned buildings around town each year. He says his goal is to make your fears come to life in new, creative ways year after year. His is just one of a handful of haunted attractions in our area. Within the old Phillips Seafood restaurant he and his team have built a maze of morgues, paranormal passageways, and a library of terror. Guests will find zombies, ghosts and some surprises he’s saving until you go.

Safety is a top concern for many people debating on whether or not to go to a haunted attraction. Bingham explained that to be permitted to open one, an owner has to jump through hoops to prove it will be safe.

"We follow all the guidelines, very strict guidelines,” Bingham said. “Everything has to be fire retardant, everything has to be lit up. You have to have a safety system in place - not only with your actors, but with the sound system and that kind of thing. It all has to be up to code."

Waits can be hours-long the closer you get to Halloween, so it's suggested to come a half hour or so before the doors open the first weekend for the shortest line. 

To find ticketing prices, hours of operation and more information for the haunted attractions in the area, see below.
Dr. Screams Haunted Mansion:
Terror Under the Bridge:
Outbreak Undread the Undead at the Hollywood Wax Museum:
Nightmare Haunted House:

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