- Published on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:38
- Written by Breanna Bright
The Haunted Hall of Horror is celebrating their 25th anniversary. We’re stepping in behind the scenes to see what it takes to put on this annual haunt.
For 25 years the Parks and Recreation Department of Cape Girardeau has created the haunted hall for the enjoyment of local residents. Event coordinator Heather Davis says that a full crew is needed to put together this annual haunt, with a mixture of Parks and Rec staff and volunteers. They also hold auditions for the actors.
“It gives people of all ages to do something different and fun,” Heather said, “something out of the ordinary.”
Despite the scary nature the Haunted Hall of Horror draws in lots of families. “It’s lots of fun. We get families, and large groups . . . some want to be scared, some want to laugh at the people getting scared.”
Officials change up the haunt every year so that regulars have a new experience. Heather says that this year they have taken a lot of feedback and are making big changes for the milestone anniversary. She says that this year there will be more technological improvements. The entrance has been changed, along with the actual flow of the haunt. This time those that enter can expect to crawl, squeeze, and weave through a maze of frights.
With such a big haunt taking up the entire arena building the crew is working around the clock to get everything built in time. “There was an event last weekend, so we only have four days to put it together.”
Forty parks and rec employees and volunteers are working hard this week to make sure everything will be ready by Friday night. Heather says there’s a mixture of dread and excitement. “It’s a lot of work, but I think the final product is worth it to the people involved.”
Once the crew is done the actors will take over. Everyone is assigned a role each night, and there are new actors each weekend. “Sometimes will people will come up after they’ve visited the haunt wanting to join in, so they’ll volunteer for the next weekend.”
Heather says it’s a great way to experience Halloween. “People come out because they really enjoy Halloween and scaring people. It’s a different experience, some can’t trick or treat anymore - this is a way to still get involved with the holiday.”
What separates the Haunted Hall of Horror from other attractions is the reasonable price and convenient location. Entry is only $7 per person, and children five and under get in free. Heather says they always keep the line flowing so there’s never a long wait, and the queue is indoors so no one has to stay outside in the cold or rain.
In the end, it’s all about having fun and getting to socialize with a new experience. Here’s to another 25 years of haunts.
The Haunted Hall of Horror is in the A.C. Brase Arena Building October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and October 31. The haunt runs from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Cost is $7.