LOWGAP — Area residents who are sick of political ads on television and desire a different type of terror might consider the Lowgap House of Horrors.
Organizers say an array of scary sights is on tap for those who dare to venture to its location, Lowgap Community Center at 9070 W. Pine St.
The house of horrors, a community fundraising activity now in its third year, will kick off the 2016 season Friday night for the frightful delight of the public. It will be open then from 8 to 11 p.m. and during the same hours on every Friday and Saturday night in October, with proceeds from admission charges to help with center operating costs.
This year the theme is “Nightmares,” which reflects a well-thought-out approach by the crew that stages the haunted house, according to Logan Maines, one of its organizers, who serves on the board of directors for the community center.
“In the last two years our haunted house has grown and this year we’ve really stepped up our game,” Maines commented.
“Over the past two seasons we talked to a lot of people and heard a lot of things, and as a group we collaborated about this coming season and decided to theme this year as ‘Nightmares,’” he added. “So we’ve got a lot of good stuff waiting behind our doors for our coming visitors this season.”
The center is expected to be decorated with such items as skulls dripping blood or floating, spiders, snakes and other exhibits designed to elicit chills and thrills, along with various costumed characters.
“It’s an understatement to say our monsters are excited,” Maines related.
However, he declined to mention much in the way of specifics, to avoid lessening the shock value for those who visit the house of horrors — which promotional material says is “not recommended for children.”
Operating the haunted house requires a true team effort among a dedicated group of volunteers, according to Maines.
“Our whole cast is 30 to 35 people,” he said, with the number participating varying with each night. “We have from 22 to 27 people at a given time.”
Staging the house of horrors is a time-consuming process accompanied by months of preparation.
“We’ve been working on it all year long,” Maines said, “basically since last year — we’re already planning for next year.”
The admission cost for the house of horrors is $10 per person, on a cash-only basis, $8 for groups of 10 or more.
A new website for the attraction can be found at www.lowgaphouseofhorrors.com
Community center aided
The beneficiary of the fundraiser is the Lowgap Community Center, including helping with the upkeep of the facility such as paying electric bills and enhancing activities offered there.
“For the most part it all goes toward keeping the place open and running,” Maines said of money raised through the haunted house effort.
The center hosts a wide range of events, including men’s basketball during the winter, gospel singing once a month, monthly jam sessions, Little League baseball in the spring and summer, GED classes of Surry Community College and more.
“We’re also building up money for a gym and weight room,” Maines said. “That’s a goal right now.”
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.