Haunted Hall transforms fairgrounds
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One of the biggest Halloween attractions in the Muskegon area is the Haunted Hall; which is known for its grand scale and insane variety of themes from year to year.
What makes it even cooler is that one of the creators, Shelly Brower, is an English teacher at Shores.
Brower began the Haunted Hall in 1999 as a means of fundraising for her son’s Boy Scout Troop and has since gone on to help fund raise for multiple groups, including Shores’ Choir, Shores’ Interact, and even helping to raise more than 4,000 pounds of food for Love, Inc. each year.
Every year, nearly 200 volunteers, many of whom are Shores students, help to put on the Haunted Hall. This year, teenage volunteers have come from nine different high schools, with 46 Shores students working to help scare.
The Haunted Hall is located at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds (6621 Heights Ravenna Road), and is open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The cost is $15 per person; however, by bringing in three canned goods to donate to Love, Inc. an individual can earn up to $3 off the ticket price.
Now in its 17th year, the Haunted Hall has transformed into a post disaster quarantine zone. The “victims” start their frightful journey with a trip through an insane accident of industrial waste, before heading out into the Bunker.
No matter how hard one might attempt to hide in the bunker, they can’t escape transportation into the spinning vortex of terror. Assuming that the victim makes it out alive, they will then journey out into the woods – or the Containment Zone.
Aside from being loads of frightful fun for those who enter, it also brings lots of laughs to those working.
Brower said that the scarers get extreme joy out of the fear of the victims.
“The best part is hearing the screams and the laughter,” Brower said. “I hate to say it, but we’ve had two panic attacks so far. We’ve even had people go into labor in the past.”
There are also some not-so-great results of the scaring.
“The most bizzare thing we saw happen (was) we had a room a few years ago and so many people had wet their pants in there,” Brower said. We had so many people wet their pants that the floor was soaked.”
However, in the end, the reward for all the hard work pays off for everyone involved.
“It’s a blast to work with all the youth doing something that they love and I love doing,” Brower said.