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About Phobia

Pho·bi·a:  ˈfōbēə/an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.


The Institute 2022
The Dr. is back to doing what he loves, pushing the brain to the brink using neuroimaging techniques.  You are the test subjects.  The Institute has been built right into the landscape of the North Carolina backwoods.  By day it looks like a semi normal walking trail, by night the doctor introduces you to your worst phobias to see how far he can push your mind.  
The new institute is tucked away on a dirt road with only one way in.  The subjects who show the most reaction to their phobias will stay longer for the doctor to do more extreme testing.  The rest will be chopped up and fed to the beasts of the woods to get a taste of human.   Are you ready to Face your Fears?
CarnEvil in the Woods 2021
The Clowns are back and this time its personal.  The woods are thicker and more intense.  The Dr. is out to get you.  What's real?  Where are you?  Will you make it out alive?
Nightmare Woods 2020
It has been a while since the Dr. has surfaced but he's back.  The hurricane has picked up his facility and relocated it to Winnabow NC.  D. Luke Van Witz has been working really hard to torment his victims.  Police feel they have locted his new facility on the Go Chicken Coop Farm in Winnabow.  The woods are thick and scary and police need your help to locate the elusive Dr.  He is hard to find and you may lose your mind or your life trying.  Face Your Fears!
CarnEvil 2017

There is again something strange happening in the woods by Cardinal Lanes on Shipyard Blvd.  Drivers in Wilmington, NC have reported seeing clowns walking into the woods.  Uber drivers have reported quite a few strange characters being dropped off by the woods at Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley as well.  Residents keep hearing what sounds like Carnival music coming from the woods but nothing can be seen.  Many have started to fear that Dr. Luke Von Witz is at it again.  This is starting to sound "very similar" to last year says one unidentified resident.

Police are definitely on edge as more and more reports of strange activity come in on a daily basis.  They definitely feel like Dr. Luke Von Witz is back to his old tricks.  Detective James Klowny has urged residents to stay out of the woods.  He said "There is definitely something strange going on in the woods.  Until we get to the bottom of it, I urge everyone to stay away.  I have been in those woods during the day and they are creepy to say the least.  I keep thinking I see someone or something out of the corner of my eye but just haven't been able to track it down".  He said that he has found some very odd items strewn in the woods, "almost like a carnival was here". 

Detective James Klowny said they will get to the bottom of it and if it is in fact Dr. Luke Von Witz, he "wont let him get away again".  He is also looking into several reports around the country from the various Circus' that have shut down.  It seems that at their last performances all of the Circus' have left the same message.  "We'll see you again real soon, this is not our whits end.  You can't pin us down for long.  The cardinal will fly again on Halloween."  Detective James Klowny thinks there is a connection to Dr. Luke Von Witz.

2016 Backstory:


Dr. Luke Von Witz was a renowned psychiatrist best known for his breakthrough aversion therapy techniques for patients afflicted with severe fear and phobias.  He treated patients with all kinds of disorders but became most fascinated by patients suffering from their phobias. Dr. Luke Von Witz built a testing facility to allow patients to face their fears in a controlled testing environment.  The facility was shut down by the government after it was learned that many of the initial patients at the facility had gone missing.  Dr. Luke Von Witz was cleared of all charges but was never allowed to practice psychiatry again.  Dr. Luke Von Witz was devastated and has not been seen in several years. 


A few weeks ago the very first patient of Dr. Luke Von Witz was found wandering the streets around Shipyard Blvd and picked up by the police.  The patient Michelina Mazzei better known under her clown name as Junior Booga, has told police some elaborate stories about a facility where all of the original patients are still being subjected to their Phobias.  Junior Booga claims that Dr. Luke Von Witz is still practicing psychiatry on those patients but Junior Booga could not remember the exact location of the facility.


Police have pulled complaint reports from the last few years and it seems that many Wilmington, NC residents have reported hearing screams in the parking lot at Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley on Shipyard Blvd but have never been able to substantiate the claims.  The investigation has been narrowed down to the woods and parking lots on Shipyard Blvd looking for the secret location of this facility.  Police are asking Wilmington, NC residents for the help in locating the facility.  The plan is to meet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7Pm in the parking lot at Cardinal Lanes to begin the search.  The first night of the investigation is on September 30, 2016.  We need all of the help we can get to investigate.


What are you afraid of?  Face your fears…




None of this is true!  Come on down with friends and family for a howling good time.  You’ll experience our costumed actors jumping out to scare you and follow you around, spooky sights and sounds.  Our actors will not touch you, please don’t touch them. 

Phobia Haunted Trail Logo CarnEvil 2023 Leland NC Haunted Trail attraction
Goth-Ya and Spoogly the clow at Phobia Haunted Trail
Haunted House Attraction Wilmington NC
Phobia Haunted Trail
Haunted Trail Leland NC, scary clown
Scary character at Phobia Haunted Trail Leland NC
Spoogly the Clown at Phobia Haunted Trail
Cast at Phobia Haunted Trail Halloween attraction Leland NC
Goth-Ya at Phobia Haunted Trail
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