Thinking about taking your kids to the Tomb of the Risen Dead at Desoto Caverns but not sure what to expect when you get there? Abby checked it out and is reporting back with 5 things you need to know before you go!
1. It’s not scary!
Despite the scary name, DeSoto has created a very family friendly experience. There is nothing too scary for even the smallest children. While children under 12 are welcome to wear costumes, adults are prohibited from wearing costumes. None of the characters for the show are “scary.” And as always with DeSoto Caverns Park, it is a smoking and alcohol free park.
2. Wear comfortable shoes.
There is a lot of walking around the park involved in collecting the clues and emblems you need to complete the tasks, so you’ll need comfortable shoes. Also for the show in the cave, you must be wearing closed toed shoes. No flip-flops or heels are allowed in the cave.
3. Show up at least 20 minuets early for the Illuminations of Harvest show.
It is the main show in the cave. It takes a few minutes to walk everyone down in to the cave and have them seated. The doors to the cave are closed 15 minutes before the show begins to avoid interruptions. There are only two showings of this nightly, you don’t want to miss it! Also, pay attention to the showtimes for the other attractions, its less distracting for the actors and performers when everyone shows up on time.
4. Pay attention to your map.
The experience is immersive and there are tasks and clues for you to help complete the quest that they have planned for you. You’ll want to check your map you are given when you enter the park for instructions on how to go in the correct sequence to each attraction. You’ll also be welcome to interact with the performers and ask questions along the journey!
5. Don’t forget to visit the Cave Cafe.
The cafe will be open during the events so don’t forget to stop by for a pumpkin spice latte or some fudge! There will also be other food options like hot cocoa or s’mores packages to roast over the fire by the outside movie.
DeSoto Caverns Park has done such a wonderful job making a spooky interactive experience, that you definitely don’t want to miss it!
Tomb of the Risen Dead is happening every Friday and Saturday night in October 6:30pm – 10:30pm and you can purchase tickets here.
For more Halloween events happening around Birmingham, make sure to check our full list of Halloween Happenings!