Have you heard of Built Story? The Durham-based app offers self-guided tours through storytelling and geography that are created and published by members of the community. Since Halloween is creeping in, we are highlighting a few ghastly tours and reader suggestions with over-the-top decorations that are sure to spook.
Note: Each Built Story tour costs $10 to purchase and includes turn-by-turn instructions.
Three comprehensive guides created by long-time Raleighite Al Parker, or his alter-ego, Perry Normal:
- Check out 30 of the North + East Raleigh area’s best Halloween decorations and finish your City of Oaks tour with 28 more in the South + West Raleigh area.
- If you’re down to learn a little scary history, Raleigh’s most terrifying ghosts, spirits, and haunts features 29 stops.
Two more spooktacular Built Story guides:
- The Built Story team put together a list of the most decorated Halloween homes in South Durham, complete with 17 spell-binding abodes.
- Built by Triangle-native K Mitchell, pieces of NC in Hawkins: the “Stranger Things” tour features real-life NC locations mentioned in the show which was created by the Durham-raised Duffer Brothers.
Five free haunts (not on the app):
- Neighbor Amy C., 4412 Densmore Pl., Raleigh | This spooky house collects donations for a charity that supports combat veterans. This year, folks can help support and donate to Warhorse SCUBA, whose mission is to prevent veteran suicide.
- Editor’s pick, 10839 Bedfordtown Dr., Raleigh | Stop by “Deadford Manor” to see an animatronic singing skeleton show and whimsical displays.
- Editor’s pick, 504 Oakwood Ave., Raleigh | This Oakwood house is a Halloween must-see featuring a creature-filled yard.
- Neighbor, Lauren A., 4008 Jockey Club Circle, Cary | “I hand-painted everything in the last few years to fit my Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” theme,” said reader Lauren A.
- Neighbor Amanda G., 220 Pointe Park Circle, Holly Springs | “Our neighbors create a new theme every year and it is magazine worthy,” said reader Jenn F.