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Boy Scouts make a house to die for

Photo by Ricki Barker

Photo by Ricki Barker

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany is fast becoming Spook Central as the Boy Scouts of America Chehaw Council and Albany Fright Nights continue to scare up more "victims" for their haunted house.

This fall marks the fifth year the two groups have spooked Albany and surrounding counties with an annual haunted house, and this year the ghouls are looking to increase their screams.

"Last year we has about 6,000 people attend, and this year we hope we have more," said Scout Executive Director Ray Allen.

With a goal of 10,000 guests this year, Administrative Assistant for the Boy Scout Chehaw Council Simone Thompson said the frighteners have made the haunted house, located in the abandoned Circuit City building at 1223 North Westover Blvd., an experience to die for.

The house, which encompasses half of the building, is a dark maze of twists and turns filled with booby traps and more than 20 scare rooms that are sure to give even the most hard-core horror buff a few goosebumps.

"We have changed everything from last year and have added a few more scenes," said Thompson. "We also keep the scenes close and tight together so that you have that feeling of being trapped."

The group's attention to detail shows as visitors navigate the narrow passageways throughout the house and interact with the house's notorious guests who are just dying to meet you.

"Try not to lose your head," one axe-wielding haunted house actor dubbed "Carnage" coos as you make your way through numerous hanging body bags.

Thompson said the actors really get into their characters, and with more than 40 volunteers lending their talents to frighten visitors in the house her husband Tim designed, guests should mind their steps.

According to Allen, groups of six to eight people will have the chance to explore the rooms on their own.

"It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get through the whole house," said Thompson.

"That's if you get through it," quipped Tim Thompson.

Allen encouraged groups to arrive early and be patient while waiting to in line for their dose of fear.

"We encourage people to get there early because our lines in the past have been long, but it is definitely worth the wait," said the Scout executive.

Remaining opportunities to visit the haunted house are tonight and Saturday from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. and Oct. 28-31, also from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

Tickets to the haunted house are $7, and all proceeds will benefit the Chehaw Council with funds going to help support scholarships and programming.

Due to the nature of scary images portrayed in the house, Thompson said the group is discouraging any child under 7 from going through the house, but final discretion is up to the parents of children who would like to visit.

When asked what some of the ghouls thought of the opportunity to scare up some fun this Halloween, Carnage replied that everyone was welcome to visit the haunted house.

"I need me some more bodies for my collection," he said.