Silverdale’s Nightmare Haunted House opens this week to anyone brave enough to enter the community hall.
Volunteers have been building a maze and numerous frightening scenes inside the hall along for the past two weeks. The event is being organized and constructed by community volunteers and Mission Fire/Rescue station 3 members.
The maze begins as soon as you walk through the front doors of the hall, and the scaring starts when the lights in the poltergeist bedroom go out and the door disappears.
“It’s like you’re in a nightmare,” said Robert MacDonald, a member of fire hall three who helped build the scenes.
Shane White and his brother, Tim, have been building haunted houses for more than 10 years. They get more creative each year.
“It’s fun to see people’s reactions,” said White, who enjoys scaring the older audience the most.
Visitors will walk through a witch’s house, an execution room and the grim reaper’s chair. They will also see an electric chair at work as they make through the maze. New scenes this year include a floating coffin coming out of a church, the jail cells, and a fortune teller. White estimates it will take an average of 15 minutes to go through all the scenes, depending on how scared you get.
The Nightmare Haunted House is not recommended for young children. There is also a Frady Cats maze outside for children under eight years old.
“We’ll have candy for them in the end,” said MacDonald, noting high school students as well as volunteers from the fire hall will be actors in the production. “It’ll be a blast.”
Nightmare Haunted House runs from Oct. 22 to 31 at 8760 Mclean St. in Silverdale from 6 to 11 p.m.
Tickets are $5 at the door. Proceeds from the event will support the Mission Food Bank and Christmas Bureau.