Some medical professionals suggest skipping haunted houses this year for the sake of social distancing and getting outdoors. One alternative is a haunted trail.
McGee's in Henderson is the perfect place to come for that.
For the first time this year they've created a haunted swamp experience, great for Halloween and true to McGee's roots.
"Here in Louisiana we're very prideful of our heritage and our culture so all of the scares out here link back to louisiana and cajun culture in some way," says Robert Donadieu, the General Manager at McGee's Swamp Tours.
The Atchafalaya Nightmares experience starts each night at 7 on the Henderson Swamp.
"You're not going to pull up and wait in some two-hour line at a gate and just walk on some trail. You're going to hop on a boat and we're going to give you a 20-minute boat ride. You're going to get narration, a story, a background, some information. then we're going to drop you off out here. You're going to watch that boat leave you and then you're going to start on this trail in the middle of the swamp," says Donadieu.
Visitors are immersed in a spooky swamp story complete with all their favorite, or least favorite characters from Louisiana folklore.
"We do have the Roogaroo out here as one of the many scares that link back to that culture. There are several others along the way that maybe you don't know and we can teach you a lot about and that's what we really love about being out here," says Donadieu.
McGee's is proud to maintain that cultural aspect and strong ties to the land.
"We're owned by a company called Louisiana Swamp Base and Louisiana Swamp Base introduces hundreds if not thousands of kids every year into the Atchafalaya swamp here," says Donadieu.
All of the money spent on tours goes right back into programs that help educate people and preserve the swamp.
These tours became so popular that McGees added extra days.
They've sold out the remainder of the month except for Wednesday and Thursday. You can call them at (337) 228-2384 to make a reservation.