Its 3:07 a.m and the Haunted Forest is looking quite good as we tap into the spine of all things freaky. Yours truly, The Reaper, has finally done what he refused to do over the last few weeks – enter the forest alone after everyone else has gone home. I don’t mind walking through the huge spider webs (they only bite once). I don’t mind the skeletons, zombies, or the darkness. Its the howling. Something in that forest lets go every now and then with a human-sounding shriek that turns my stomach. But tonight, I completed a round through the entire haunted trail changing out batteries and making a list of the last-minute fixes that have to be done before opening night on Friday.
Come on out! We’re letting the first 150 people in for $10 each. Tell two friends. Then they’ll tell two friends. And so on, and so on…
I don't think the heavy stuff's comin' down for a while yet...
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.
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!
After four grueling days of laying out and raking the terrain, the path for the Haunted Trail is completely cut out within the forest. The trail will take you up and down through the woods and even over a creek bed twice. Plenty of haunts will be in store during this approximate 1/2 mile trail through the forest. On to the Dark Walk next!!
The Haunted Forest at Panic Point is right on schedule. On March 8th, 2011 the Youngsville Town Council unanimously approved our application to build and operate our haunt. Now the real work begins. Becoming the King of all North Carolina Haunted Houses will take thousands of hours and some slightly deranged minds. Fortunately, we are up to the task. Check back frequently for pictures and updates to see the progress of the newest haunted attraction in the triangle.