Haunted houses offer terrifying thrills
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:30:00 GMT —
Haunted houses are once again attracting people from all over the Panhandle in the spirit of Halloween.
Ghosts, ghouls and goblins are just a few of the characters associated with the tradition of All Hallow's Eve, and the 6th St. Massacre haunted house incorporates those and other infamous faces into its well-known fright house.
The haunted house is located inside the Rex Movie Theater, which has set on Historic Route 66 since the 1920s.
According to 6th St. Massacre Owner Mike Fisher, everyone who dares to come will see- or hear- something they recognize.
"Whether it's a secret door that we make them find or fishing a key out of water or crawling through tunnels, we try to get them in situations that they're not comfortable with," he said.
The house entails rooms, mazes, graveyards and other surprises that won't be spoiled. Themes from popular horror movies like Saw, The Devil's Rejects, Silent Hill and others are mixed with the ideas of Fisher and his workers. Fisher's passion for fear began ten years ago when he would scare kids on the porch of his house.
"We probably would have got shut down by our neighbors," he said. "The entire neighborhood was gridlocked; our neighbors couldn't get to their houses. So, we started doing this about seven years ago."
Something new this year is a 3D technique- paint that glows with the black lights and makes objects pop out at the people walking by.
About 40 volunteers work the haunted house every night; more than 100 throughout the season.
Fisher is interested in more than just entertaining his customers. Everyone who donates blood at Coffee Memorial Blood Center on Thursdays and Fridays this month gets a free t-shirt and a free pass to the haunted house.
"It's just something we want to give back to the community. They approached us and thought it would be a good joint effort to get the kids involved, and I think it's been pretty successful."
Get up off the couch, put on a warm jacket and head out to the Amarillo haunted houses. Halloween comes but once a year, and many say a little terror is good for everybody!
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