- Cullman, Alabama


October 19, 2007

SCARE SCALE: We rate the haunted happenings near Cullman

After several days pondering whether or not I wanted to embark on a tour of Cullman-area haunted houses and haunted trails, my crew and I set out an adventure we won’t soon forget. Little did I know the anticipation was only the precursor to a long and scream-filled night, but not from me.

A group of Times reporters and photographers set out to capture the things that go bump in the night. Unfortunately I found the something, and it bumped me right out of the building.


Location: 91 Odice Branham Road in Hayden.

Open: All weekends in October, and Oct. 27-31. 7:30 to midnight.

Admission: $7 each, but coupons are available online at

Barns of Horror, on 91 Odice Branham Road, was the first of three venues we dared enter last Friday night. As we were preparing to enter, a disturbingly familiar creature — Pigman — appeared, and from there I knew it was going to be a fright-filled night.

As we entered, a worker sets the stage, telling about Dr. Frankey and his experiments gone wrong. OK, I have to pause. When I heard Dr. Frankey I thought, “Oh, great. Another cheesy haunted house.” How wrong I would be proven once I made it to the end.

Along the maze-like corridors inside the cramped old home, everything from a chainsaw wielding madman to a pig boy made the event a true terror for me. Overall I give Barns of Horror a 10 — if not higher — for petrifying the child in me.


Location: Hwy. 160 & 79 intersection in Cleveland.

Open: Friday and Saturday nights through October at 7 p.m.

Admission: $10

After changing pants, the crew headed just a few miles down the road to The Haunted Arena, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 160 and U.S. Highway 79 in Cleveland.

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