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Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours Highlight Spooky Fall in Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches, inviting Atlantic Ocean waters, challenging championship golf courses, excellent entertainment venues and attractions, and great dining, shopping and nightlife opportunities. But in the weeks leading up to Halloween, the Grand Strand gets downright spooky with a plethora of pop-up haunted houses, spine-tingling ghost tours and other scary attractions that help visitors get into the spirit of the season.

Guests at The Caribbean Resort & Villas on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront can enjoy the best of both worlds, soaking up the luxury of the resort's accommodations and amenities while also getting a taste of some spookiness at the many Halloween-themed events around town. Take a break from the mild autumn temperatures on the beach for some spine-chilling fun at these scary venues:

* Conway Ghost Walk: Every October, this quiet Southern town shows its true Halloween colors and shares its scary secrets with visitors looking to learn a little bit about the city's rich history and spooky past. Patrons take a stroll through the streets to see historic homes that have been the scenes of some grisly moments in the town's 200-plus-year past, and the tour guides also have a few surprises in store for the unsuspecting tourists.

* Dr. Screams: This is one doctor's office the faint of heart won’t want to visit, but it's good for a scare if you don't let them operate on you. Featuring two locations – one at Broadway at the Beach in the old Big D Theater and another at The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach – Dr. Screams features three distinct themes at each venue. This year's offerings include Fright Manor, Zombie Apocalypse and Chuckles the Clown's Twisted Circus – oh my!

* Nightmare Haunted House: Visitors have been getting spooked at this downtown venue near Plyler Park for more than three decades, but the Nightmare Haunted House has undergone recent changes to keep up with the times. The latest addition to the lineup – titled “Zombie Zone: Undead Adventure!” – lets patrons visit a frightening cryogenics lab that houses the undead. If you think that's scary, just wait until the lights go out and the hungry zombies are unleashed on the crowd.

* Outbreak: Don't let the cutesy building exterior fool you. Although the facade of the Hollywood Wax Museum features King Kong scaling the Empire State Building, the bulk of the interior is more entertaining than scary, with wax figures of some of the brightest stars in the entertainment industry. But the Outbreak attraction takes a turn toward the spooky side with a zombie-themed show that sends some screaming down the hallways.

* Ripley's Haunted Adventure: Ripley's is famous for freaking people out with its weird displays and artifacts, but the company goes all out to scare folks with its latest action adventure “Laser Strike.” Combining a haunted house with a laser tag facility, this showcase allows patrons to zap the flesh-eating monsters with laser guns while passing through a dark and scary venue.

* Terror Under the Bridge: This popular venue is no longer “Under the Bridge,” but it still holds plenty of “Terror.” Held at the X Gym just off Highway 501, the attraction transforms the fitness center into a haunted warehouse where patrons weave their way through a frightening maze of monsters and hidden scares appear around every corner. Preserve the moment with a scary photo at the end of the tour … if you make it out alive.

After experiencing the adrenaline rush of Myrtle Beach's scariest attractions, escape to safety and comfort at The Caribbean Resort & Villas. There's nothing scary about a fun and relaxing fall trip to The Caribbean and Myrtle Beach.