Charleston's very own haunted attraction guarantees to send chills down your spine and get your adrenaline pumping as it continues to spook the living from far and wide.
The Haunted Barn on the city's East End, now in its second year at the location, continues to draw thousands of people from across the Kanawha Valley, the state and beyond -- all of whom want to experience the thrills behind its doors.
A cast of volunteers with a mission to scare confronts visitors at various intervals during the 35-minute walk through the barn's 12,000-square-foot course.
"We took more time to make everything more detailed, and we've expanded it," said Josh Harper, one of the barn's owners and organizers.
Harper was one half of the original pair who started the barn when it was in Winfield a decade ago. At first, the barn started as a fun activity for friends and family, he said, but the pair soon decided to open it to the public in 2005.
"Our passion just grew for it," he said.
Even though the Haunted Barn isn't in a barn anymore, the organizers kept the name when it moved into a former Sport Mart store on the East End in 2012.
But if you've been to the Haunted Barn in prior years, don't think you know what to expect this time around.
"The experience this year from last year is 20 times different," Harper said.
Visitors curious about what lies behind the Haunted Barn's walls have come out in droves.
Harper said the attraction is averaging between 500 and 600 people on Fridays and between 1,000 and 1,500 on Saturdays -- about 10 percent higher than last year. The barn has also been open Thursdays this year to meet demand.
Word about the Haunted Barn is spreading far beyond the Charleston metro area as well. Harper said several out-of-state media outlets have contacted him about the barn, and he's received inquiries from potential visitors from a slew of states.
"We get phone calls from all over the country," he said. "Some people travel from two states away just to come."