Scaremare's unique outreach attracts thousands of youth to Lynchburg annually


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Every fall, thousands of people visit Liberty University’s Scaremare for a night of frightening fun and — more importantly — a powerful message.

For 43 years, Scaremare staff have used the heart-pounding experience to relay the life-changing message of Jesus Christ to visitors. The event, sponsored by Liberty’s Center for Youth Ministries, has grown to become one of the largest of its kind in the Southeast. It has often drawn national and international attention, including a feature by the U.K. news service The Guardian in 2012.

Creative outreach

Visitors are guided along spooky trails through dark woods to a funhouse filled with thrills and chills, ultimately confronted with the question, “What happens after we die?”

Ironically, this "house of death" leads many to life as they are presented with a positive message of hope.

“Scaremare entertains and challenges thousands to consider their own mortality,” said Dr. Steve Vandegriff, director of Scaremare and a professor of youth ministries in the Rawlings School of Divinity. “This unique event is like no other in that it uses the Halloween season to present a message of life found only in Christ.”

More than 27,000 guests attended last year, and over 4,000 responded to the Gospel message.


Scaremare begins at dusk and remains open until 11 p.m. This year, the event runs for three weekends in October: Oct. 8-10, Oct. 15-17, and Oct. 22-24. It is located at 2300 Carroll Ave. in Lynchburg, Va.

Tickets are $8 per person. Groups of 15 or more may preregister online or call (434) 582-7328 to secure a special rate of $6 per person. Individual tickets must be purchased at the gate.

Lineslasher tickets can be pre-purchased for groups of 25 or more and guarantee entry within 30 minutes of the scheduled time.

Every Thursday night is college and military night, and tickets are $3 with a valid student or military ID.