In Sept. 16 Issue
Only a few weeks remain until the opening of the highly anticipated Russell Springs Haunted House and haunted house organizer Aron Houdini, a professional in the entertainment field, is confident in saying the production will be one of the best the commonwealth has to offer.
Houdini began working on the haunted house, located in the old Russell Springs Police Department building on High St., back in July.
"I don't believe in going too far when it comes to haunted houses and scaring people," he said.
He has moved nearly 80 10X8 foot walls into the building to make dozens of internal walls, making the spooky trek through the haunted house 903 feet from start to finish. That is just over the length of three football fields.
He said this year's haunted house is also competing in several national competitions through www.hauntedhouse.com for best in show, scariest haunted house and most unique scene.
This year's house features several unique rooms such as a holding cell where customers could end up down the wrong hall and subsequently locked inside of the cell with whatever is inside, he said.
While not giving away any secrets, Houdini said there are many special things about the haunted house that other houses won't offer.
"While our actors cannot touch anyone, they are instructed to scare whomever into a state of shock," Houdini said. "Last year's haunted house was good but this year's will be great."
Visitors to the haunted house will have the opportunity to lie in a real casket and have their picture taken as a keepsake as well as have the chance to buy raffle tickets on merchandise autographed by the actors who portrayed the horror icons Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Pinhead and Leatherface.
Admission prices to this year's haunted house will be $5 Monday through Wednesday and $7 Thursday through Saturday. The haunted house officially opens on Monday, Oct. 4th with the actual Russell Springs Fall Festival slated for Oct. 29 and 30 on Main St. On Thursday, Oct. 14th entry to the haunted house will be $1, allowing most anyone the chance to go through.
Houdini said the haunted house is currently in need of more volunteers to be monsters. For more information on how to get involved with the haunted house call 502-599-1627.
Due to the extremes of this year's haunted house, the city's insurance provider has told city officials that certain safe words may be used to get groups or individuals out of the house if they become too frightened.
All the money raised during this year's haunted house, ghost hunt and fall festival will go toward the Christmas parade and the festivals the downtown revitalization puts on.
Houdini said the money from this year's haunted house is going toward the purchase of a city Christmas tree with a special lighting before the Christmas parade later this year.
The Russell Springs Downtown Revitalization Committee is a non-profit entity that aims to revitalize the downtown area and help bring businesses and events to Main St.