South Georgia Community

The Wailing Woods Haunted Forest Returns to Evans County

Death Spasm Productions presents: The Wailing Woods 2022

  • Open all 5 Saturdays in October from 8pm-until
  • October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th 2022
  • Admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, and $5 for ages 12 and under
  • All proceeds are donated to these local charities:
    • The Evans County Special Olympics
    • Bags for Brothers
    • Toy donations for local families in need at Christmas
    • The Evans County Christian Foodbank

It’s almost that time: Fall will be ushered in with The Wailing Woods 2022 just outside of Claxton!

Enjoy the self-guided walk through your darkest nightmare.
7 terrifying acres of haunts and scares. Will you make it out alive?

  • The Wailing Woods operates on a “hands off policy”: workers do not touch guests and guests are not permitted to touch workers.
  • Security is in place, and anyone violating this policy will be escorted off the premises immediately and will not be issued as refund.

“We just want this to be a safe environment for people to come out and enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from facing your fears. You don’t have to touch people to scare them.” said Brendon Sapp, Director of Media and Social Media Relations.

“We have our prices set for the event, but we will be running the canned food drive again on one of the nights,” Sapp continued. “We haven’t set the date on that yet, but it will be 4 canned goods for entry. We will still be taking cash or card at the gate on those nights as well.”

Sapp said following the event on social media is the best way to stay up to date on the latest news and announcements — and win tickets!

129 Mount Pleasant Drive, Claxton GA 30417

DIRECTIONS
From Reidsville: Take Hwy 280 east towards Daisy. At the caution light in Daisy, take a left and follow the signs!
From Pembroke/Savannah: Take Hwy 280 west towards Claxton. Take a right at the caution light in Daisy, follow the signs.
From Statesboro: Take Hwy 301 South towards Claxton. Turn left onto Mosley Road, and follow the signs.

All patrons must sign a waiver to enter.
Anyone under 18 years of age must have an adult over 18 sign for them.

About The Wailing Woods

The Wailing Woods is an annual haunted forest put on by Death Spasm Productions (DSP). DSP was founded in 2013 by Evans County resident James Sermons. James and his wife, Melva, lived in Claxton at the time and saw the haunted forest as an opportunity to give back to the community in a spirited way. The Haunted Forest was once ‘free’ on Halloween night, staffed by volunteers who worked the haunt and its stations. As it grew in popularity, the attraction spanned beyond the borders of Evans County.

In 2018, the DSP Planning Committee – including James and Melva Sermons, William Weathers, Jacob Palmquist, and Brendon Sapp – expanded the forest to run all five Saturdays in October. The growth included an admission fee for the purpose of donating funds to help sponsor the Evans County Special Olympics in honor of Melva’s oldest son, Billy Rodriguez, affectionately known to the community as “Bubba.” The Special Olympics does not receive state funding to operate and relies on donors and fundraisers for most of their funding.

In 2020, after the lifting of many COVID-19 restrictions, DSP decided to begin planning for the new location outside of the city limits of Claxton. It was then the team decided the new haunt would be called “The Wailing Woods”. With the uncertainty of attendance looming, they forged on and that uncertainty was put to rest in mid-September when a Facebook post went viral. Enjoying well over a thousand visitors in 2020, the once simple “back yard haunt” had made a name for itself and was officially “on the map”.

Also a great success from 2020 was the canned food night which offered admission via cash, card, or 3 canned good items for donation to the Evans County Christian Food Bank. This campaign was so successful that DSP donated 5 shopping carts of canned goods at maximum capacity.

With the almost overnight growth of the haunt came changes in the charities that would benefit. As supporters of Toys for Tots, James and Melva decided to incorporate local churches to provide gifts to local families in need. That tradition carried into 2021 and will go on in 2022 as well.

Bags for Brothers, which works to fight homelessness among veterans is also beneficiary. The organization fills backpacks with daily necessities and distributes them in the region. It is also operated by the DSP Crew.

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