Scream Acres – Full Review

Scream Acres is a Haunted Attraction located in Bishopville, SC.

1137 Old Camden Road, Bishopville, SC 29010
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple HauntsHaunted HayrideHaunted House

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Features:

Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Movie Characters, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Covered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction

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This attraction was reviewed on September 15, 2023 by Team Jefferson Starship.


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Final Score: 8.21

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Summary:

We visited Scream Acres on their opening night for 2023. This all-volunteer haunted attraction donates to charity every year; a fact that we feel only makes this haunt a little more special knowing that everyone on site is working towards a common goal besides just eliciting screams from their guests. In the past few years there have been some changes at Scream Acres. Guests who haven’t been in some time will likely find them to be surprising and quite impressive.

Located deep in the woods of Lee County, Scream Acres is a bit of a backwoods traditional Southern haunt, complete with chainsaws and a trip through the night-darkened trees. When we arrived, it was later in the evening, and the crew at Scream Acres had had plenty of time to warm up despite the slight chill of the night, and they were as pumped and excited to bring the scares as we were ready to bring the screams.

Walking from the parking lot to the ticketing area, we moved past a series of photo op areas – from a creepy house façade complete with an occupied front porch, an interior lit hearse, and a small graveyard patch with a standing coffin to pose in. These areas really help sell the idea of a haunted attraction and help to build anticipation for what lies beyond the walls. Within the haunt, Scream has a short, traditional house, a hayride, a swamp walk, and a second house, and it finishes with even more hayride. We didn’t have to wait long for any of these attractions as the crowds were not too large on the night of our visit. There is an option for a fast pass for busier nights in the season or if you’re just adverse to waiting.


Cast Score: 7.82

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Scream Acres has a dedicated cast of actors that come back every year for more screams and scares. The actors we found in each house were especially good at looming, staring, and appearing suddenly from the darkness. Whereas on the trail, the various spooks and creeps were ready to get up in our faces as they pranced and stormed around our trailer.

All of the actors were good at interacting with our group, whether they were looming over our backs and causing us to lean away or leaping out at us from the darkness. We wanted to see more and more actors, especially in some scenes along the hayride. The actors did a good job of portraying their characters. Some of which, were obviously meant to be silent loomers in one or two places, whereas most of the rest of the cast were in-your-face screamers.

We enjoyed meeting the gentleman devil before the hayride, who carried an air of elegance amid this country-side setting. Along the hayride itself, the cast members were almost always providing scares from every angle they could and using a variety of props, including the traditional Southern favorite – the chainsaw.


Costuming Score: 7.8

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Across the different scenes and settings at Scream Acres are a variety of different costumes. We were able to see a number of different styles of things – each of the two houses have a distinct feel from one another, and each scene on the trail itself is separate and different. The costumes seemed to be complete in the houses, with everything from faded old dresses to blood-splattered clothing.

We were also pleased with the queue actor for the hayride – a very well-done and complete gentleman devil who stalked around speaking to guests. Between the swamp walk and the second house was a perfectly sized Chucky doll that ran around between the guests that was very well made up. Costumes, makeup, and masks across the haunt were well done.


Customer Service Score: 10

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Located on a corner lot, Scream Acres is easy to find. The parking lot has several attendants directing cars to park, and staff spread around the site are easy to identify in their staff t-shirts. The hayride is unique because of the specially-made trailers that they use. The trailers have sturdy and relatively comfortable benches that let you look at the patrons riding on the other side. There’s also a bit of space in the back for the scene actors to stand and walk on so they can bring the scares even closer to you.

The walking trail got a bit of an upgrade this year with some additional handrails and a raised walkway above the level of the swamp. All the stairs were well-lit and marked, and the creeps and ghouls made a point not to scare when we were on them as well.

Scream Acres keeps guests updated online with news about various events like a no scare Trick-or-Treat scheduled for October 29th before regular hours. Since Scream Acres does include a swamp walk, be sure to dress appropriately. We saw guests huddled under a blanket against the chill of the night – though it wasn’t particularly cold. Staff helped them on and off the trailer so that their extra baggage was taken care of.

Their covered midway has a cozy iron stove, a gift shop, a concession stand that serves beer, and even has tables to sit at to enjoy the ambiance and your goodies. If you don’t want to carry stuff with you on the hayride, it’s not a problem because you can go back into the midway after the hayride is done.


Immersion Score: 8.14

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A Southern backwoods haunted attraction with a lot of history, Scream Acres starts off with a lot of facades and photo op areas that encourage guests to make themselves part of the action and to take some memories home in the form of pictures.

Inside, we were a group big enough to go through the house on our own, which helped with the feeling of wandering through an abandoned creepy house. After the first house, everything becomes more of a group activity as the hayride trailers each hold a couple of dozen people. The folks that we rode with were definitely feeling the spirit of the season, screeching and screaming at almost every turn and bump along the way, a fact that only added to the entertainment. While there’s not a single storyline working its way through the attraction, each of the scenes along the hayride have their own individual feeling.


Special FX Score: 8.19

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At the start of Scream Acres, the main house feels like an abandoned traditional haunted house with sudden jump scares and wide-eyed looming figures. In most of the rooms, there is floor-to-ceiling decoration, so if it’s slow enough, it’s always nice to take your time and enjoy the special touches. They also have a unique take on the popular vortex tunnel. *Spoiler – it doesn’t move anymore, but that doesn’t really matter.

The second house has a lot of intricate props as well as a storm effect that makes it feel like you’re in a blood-stained cabin in a storm. During our ride through, the guests aboard the trailer we occupied were clearly scared of the various booms, bangs, blasts, blares, and boos that came from all sides. The burning cabin on the second hayride was also very well done, with both visual and audible effects.

There aren’t a lot of animatronics at Scream Acres as the attraction is spread across acres of wood and swamp land. Most effects are done via interesting lighting tricks, pounding music, and smoke or pyrotechnics. Some of the effects are traditional bits – like the first set of train tracks that the hayride crosses – but some of the scenes have new soundtracks this year.


Scare Factor Score: 7.57

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Scream Acres lives up to its name, providing lots of scares and eliciting screams from their guests. Each area of the attraction has a different focus and feel. On our visit, the other guests on the hayride were very into the spirit of the haunt, screaming and jumping at nearly everything.

We enjoy Scream Acres’s energy and enthusiasm–from multiple chainsaw wielders to in-your-face monsters. Sometimes, things were just entertaining – during one of the clown scenes, for example, on the hayride, a smaller clown dancing in the background would occasionally catch the eyes of one or more people on the trailer and dance for them.


Entertainment & Value Score: 8.75

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Scream Acres is a great haunt for a great cause. We spent about 55 minutes in the different attractions, not counting the time spent waiting in lines. Scream Acres general admission tickets are $25 per person. There is a fast pass option available for the busier nights during the season.

For one of our first haunts of the season, we were glad to have the opportunity to visit Scream Acres.


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Guest Average: 8.13 out of 10

Big mike – 8.13/10October 19, 2019
Scream acres has a good setup but should change it around a bit

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Past Awards


2019 Awards

Most Intimidating Chainsaw Attacker - The Butcher (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best Child Performance (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2018 Awards

Scariest Haunt in SC - Highest Rated Fright Effect for 2018 (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Freakshow Freaks (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Texas Chainsaw Rednecks (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - The Bridge Minder (Inside house) (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2017 Awards

Most Intimidating Chainsaw Attacker - Most Entertaining Chainsaw Artist (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out Award - Gum (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)



Past Awards


2019 Awards

Most Intimidating Chainsaw Attacker - The Butcher (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best Child Performance (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2018 Awards

Scariest Haunt in SC - Highest Rated Fright Effect for 2018 (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Freakshow Freaks (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Texas Chainsaw Rednecks (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - The Bridge Minder (Inside house) (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2017 Awards

Most Intimidating Chainsaw Attacker - Most Entertaining Chainsaw Artist (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out Award - Gum (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


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