North Conway’s premier Haunt, the Ghoullog, is back for its 11th season. Held at the base of Cranmore Mountain, the month-long, annual haunt has been rated as one of the top haunts in New England, including being rated #6 on Buzz Feed’s 23 Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You The F*** Out, USA Today’s 10BEST Extreme Haunted Attractions, 10 Must-Visit Haunted House Attractions in the US by the Active Times, 11 Spooky Spots in New Hampshire by WMUR and the #1 Haunted Attraction for 2016 by NewHampshireHauntedHouses.com.
Operating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays, the event starts Saturday, September 23, and will run weekend nights through Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge.
“Each year, we add elements of fear to the Ghoullog,” said Lance Davis, creator, and mastermind of the haunt. “Whether it’s another character or a scene that seems just too realistic, we know how to get underneath peoples skin. We have found that people really don’t like being in situations where they don’t have control over their surroundings.”
The approximate 50-minute haunt is recommended for ages 10 and over and features 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor twists and turns. Appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing is highly recommended.
Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing, and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.
The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self-controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600-footround-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness. The Haunted Playground is appropriate for all guests, though age, weight and height restrictions do apply.
Back for 2017 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.
On Tuesday, October 24, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford County.
For the final evening of the event, Oct. 28, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.
An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.
Tickets to the Ghoullog are $32 and tickets to the Ghoullog Plus are $44.
Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for 54”+.
Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.
Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at theghoullog.com or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.