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Head to the Islands for haunted lights
Lake Lanier Islands introduces inaugural Halloween light show
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Haunted Nights of Lights

When: 7-11 p.m. Friday and through Oct. 31

Where: Lake Lanier Islands resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Buford

Cost: $20 per vehicle for up to nine passengers Mondays-Thursdays; $25 Fridays-Sundays. Other activities $6-$20. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.

For the next month, Lake Lanier Islands Resort will be over-run with goblins and ghouls galore.

No need to call the Ghostbusters because the things that go bump in the night are invited guests — they're also the stars of the inaugural Haunted Nights of Lights.

"It's a spin off of our Magical Nights of Lights, which we have done for years up here," said Grier Todd, resort CEO.

"It will be an animated lights show very similar to our Christmas lights display. We wanted to create something that had the elements of a haunted house, but in a more family-friendly format."

The event will feature a 3.5-mile driving tour, where visitors can take in the Halloween-themed, animated light fixtures.

It will culminate at the "Haunted Village."

"Guests will end up at the village where we will have food and beverage options, carnival rides, a pumpkin patch and pony rides," Todd said.

"And there will be a haunted house that guests can go through if they are feeling more adventurous. There will also be a fun house that kids can go through and not come out scared to death."

Admission to the event is $20 per vehicle for up to nine passengers Mondays through Thursdays, and $25 Fridays through Sundays. The fee for vehicles with 10 to 19 passengers is $40 and $80 for vehicles with more than 20 passengers.
The other activities range in price from $6 to $20.

And what haunted night would be complete without a marshmallow roast?

"We'll have fire pits set up and will be selling marshmallow sticks, ready to go," Todd said.

Or, if you'd rather not pay for the toasted treats you can BYOM: bring your own marshmallows.

"Some people like to buy ours, and some people like to do their own thing," Todd said.

"We think this has the potential to really take off. We think it's going to be a big hit."

The Haunted Nights of Lights will open Friday and will run through Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

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