Friday, April 22 – It was cloudy but not overtly threatening. The Panic Point Haunted bus needed a paint job and we had the crew to make it happen. A lot of excited teenagers with access to brushes and enormous amounts of black paint. What could go wrong? Well, nobody fell off the bus, and nobody painted somebody else’s head. And, after a delicious Hardee’s lunch, we were finishing up the roof and starting on the second coat when a few light drops started to fall. “Maybe we should put a tarp over this thing.” The paint was still pretty wet and the rain got a little stronger. Then we were scrambling as gray lines of water started running down the side of the bus. The result – our makeshift bus cover tarp type thing. We’ll finish this week – gotta love the black.
Everybody wants answers. North Carolina Haunted Houses are no different than any others around the world. They are real. Anybody who has experienced a haunting knows that. The question is…what are the rules? Can any Spirit do anything, any time? The short answer to that question is, “no”. Spirits of the departed stay near our physical realm by choice. They stay for reasons as varies as their personalities; that is to say, thousands of reasons. They pine for old lovers, terrorize those who did them harm, or just play practical jokes on people if that’s what they enjoyed in mortal life. But Spirits also have varying degrees of “vision”. Most of them only get glimpses of our world, while others see it with perfect clairty.
For some reason, the Ghosts at Panic Point are exceptionally clear, and have identified themselves by name. Most of them are harmless, but we know of a few who are anything but. I’ll give you one example. In 1839 a man named Elmore McGarrity arrived in North Carolina with some cash and a dream. He wanted to own land. After finding a willing seller he dropped cash on the barrel and became a proud land-owner. But a month later he got a visit from the real owner. The deed had been fraudulent. Peniless and homeless, Elmore drifted into a life of crime, and was eventually shot while attempting to steal a horse. While working at Panic Point we have seen him many times. His efforts to disrupt any and all business on the farm are well-known.
We’ve already had some near misses with falling lumber. But we think Elmore is just making his presence known, because he appears to be allowing the construction to proceed. Perhaps he wants to “blend in” in October when the haunt opens. Imagine coming across a specter on the trail and not knowing if its one of our friendly haunters or the Ghost of Elmore McGarrity? Skeptics will deny. Haters will hate. But if you come to Panic Point you can find out for yourself.
How many North Carolina Haunted Houses are giving these kinds of updates? We’re all about detail, and pleasing the people (or person) reading our blog right now. Its all part of our effort to be the best haunted house in Raleigh/Durham. The Haunted Forest received a lumber delivery today from Galliher & Huguely. We posted a few pictures on our FB page. Very exciting stuff. With the main trail cut our attention has turned to the dark walk. Raking is just the beginning. Removing roots from the forest floor and filling in holes is the real work. I came across some hoofprints and dung on the trail today. I can only assume it is from trolls (or unicorns). As I was pulling away, exhausted from the three hours of hard labor I put in, Tyler Huband and Alec Winterton pulled up to pitch in. Huge!