Suffolk Spooky World Trip a Scream
Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 02:10
A body hangs from a noose illuminated in an eerie red. Below the thirty foot branch where the corpse is suspended, is a large haystack. In the distance, screams can be heard and the crowd grows restless in anticipation. Suddenly a man with the head of a pig jumps to the top of the haystack and yells. He is soon joined by a pair of minions armed with chainsaws, their faces hidden behind gas masks. With all eyes afraid to turn away, the pig-man sadistically calls “We’re waiting for you!”
Program Council took a bus ride up to Litchfield for the legendary Spooky World at Mel’s Funway. Normally, this is a hot spot for mini golf, go-carts, arcades and more, but the location gets twisted during the Halloween season. The driving range plays host to six haunted houses accompanied by a fried food paradise. Live music and amusement park styled games offer a break from the horrors of the spook-show.
Performers blend with the crowd throughout the park, sneaking up on unsuspecting victims. Some costumed creatures stood twelve feet tall while others wheeled themselves on carts across the pavement. Attention to detail is given a new image in the elaborate makeup work that stretches from ripped costumes to neon contacts. As if their surprise appearances did not cause enough of a heart attack, the actors outside of the houses have free reign to chase their targets as far as they want.
The haunted houses themselves are adrenaline packed. Raven’s Claw and The Colony are outdoor walks through the woods with the possibility of not making it out. Brigham Manor exhibited a colonial style house that was the scene of a massacre. Freak Show, only a few yards away, feels like a dance club on the inside as it is painted in 3-D neon colors. A spin effect at the end will make any survivor overcome with vertigo. The House of Eternal Darkness, however, is the pride of Spooky World. Those who make the fatal choice of entering are given one five-inch glow stick per group and are told to walk. Inside there are no lights and navigation is the least of the visitors’ worries. Each house has gore-filled horror scenes and actors well trained in suspense.
Program Council’s trip was a large success with everyone getting their fill of surprises and terror.