Haunted house to open

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- Some real creeps are taking up residence at the vacant Office Max building behind the Albany Mall and the mall's new neighbors are sure to make you scream.

Darton College and Hasan Shriners joined forces to scare-up some fun this Halloween by creating the House of Horrors haunted house at the vacant Office Max on 1016 N. Westover Blvd.

Cynthia Mann, director of the Servant Leadership program at Darton College, said the group decided to team up with Hasan Shriners as a way to generate funding for both groups.

"The idea for the haunted house evolved from our group having a costume party on (Darton College's) campus to partnering with the Shriners," said Mann.

Hasan Shrine Assistant Rabban Keith Laney said the partnership made sense to both parties.

"I think it is awesome," said the

64-year-old. "It has been great working with the kids and we are learning from one another."

Mann said Darton College students assisted the Shriners with decorating the haunted house, which is 2,500 square feet, and will be the primary actors within the house.

"The Shriners were our manpower," said the director of Darton's servant leadership group.

However, Laney said the Shriners have also been eager to get into the business of chills and thrills.

"We have quite a few of our members who will be playing parts in the haunted house," said Laney. "We are really having a good time with it. Darton College and the Shriners are planning on a long term relationship."

The haunted house, which was designed by Chris Burt of Quality Wrecker Service, is a labyrinth-like maze with eight "scare rooms" that will be sure to spook anyone who dares to partake.

Once inside the House of Horrors, groups of about 10 will travel through the house's rooms where they will be greeted by a number of its spooktacular residents.

Laney said the haunted house took about three weeks to build and decorate and will take more than 40 volunteer actors to give attendees a good scare. Organizers said they expect the tour of the haunted house to last at least 15 minutes.

Shriners and students alike told The Herald that people should beware because they are in for a major scare as soon as they step into the House of Horrors.

"We wanted to do something a little more frightening and we have one gory scene so it will be a little scary," said Mann.

Glenn Tennyson of the Kinchafoonee Cowboys lent his production skills to the group and will provide the house with its spooky soundtrack.

The House of Horrors is open to the thrill seekers throughout the month of October from 7-11 p.m. on the 16, from 7-11 p.m. on the 22 and 23, from 7-10 p.m. from the 25 to the 28 and from 7-11 p.m. from the 29-30.

Tickets are $7 for each individual and all proceeds will benefit the Hasan Temple and Darton College's Servant Leadership program.

Due to the scary images portrayed in the house, Mann said the group is discouraging any child under 7 to go through the house, but final discretion is up to the parents of children who would like to visit the House of Horrors.

While both groups guarantee visitors to the house will make it out safely, they claim no responsibility for any goosebumps or nightmares.