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Natchitoches Attraction Ranks High on ‘Must-See Haunts’ List

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A scary attraction located in our corner of the state is ranked #12 on the Top 31 Must-See Haunts List.

What’s most amazing about this ranking is that Dark Woods Haunted Attraction was newly-christened into the haunt industry last Halloween season. Owners Jason and Mardy Summerlin said they’re thrilled about making the list.

“This is incredible,” Jason said. “Any fan-based list is exciting, encouraging and beyond motivating. It speaks to the hard work, dedication and enthusaism of our cast and crew. We couldn’t exist without them.”

The list is compiled by According to a news release, the website “is dedicated to providing accurate and fair reviews of haunts, based on a collaborative effort of professional haunted attraction reviewers called ‘Scream Teams.'”

Jason and Mardy say they haven’t even scratched the surface of the attraction and crew’s potential. They’re excited about their 2016 season, and they’ve announced their icon character for 2016.

“With the ringmaster away, Boogie is bringing a whole new brand of terror to the Big Top. He’s the masquerading maestro of mischief at the Dark Carnival 3D. Enter Boogie’s nightmare in this 3D Blacklight Haunt. Twist and turn through hallways and rooms full of crazed clowns and other denizens of the dark. Meet his band of merry misfits and carnival creeps.


Victims will be immersed in an experience unlike any other, complete with state of the art special effects, sounds and lighting in the area’s first ChromaDepth 3D Attraction. Monsters are real and they come alive at night in the twisted halls of the Dark Carnival’s maze.


And remember, Boogie thinks mayhem is a laughing matter.


Dark Woods offers roaming creatures of the night, the return of many of last season’s favorite characters and mayhem guaranteed to give you a fright. If you came out for the 2015 Season and think you’ve seen it all, think again. Each season offers new chills and thrills, making the experience unique every time you enter the woods.”

Dark Woods will open select nights September 23-October 31. It’s located at 4343 University Parkway (LA Hwy 6), about a mile and a half east of I-49, near Northwestern State University.

For more information, visit or call 318-332-8546.

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