'BEWARE THE BUTCHER': Haunted house rep issues cryptic warning
ELYSBURG - "Beware the butcher."
That is the advice to guests of this years Elysburg Haunted House, which opens 7 p.m. Friday at the Valley Gun and County Club along Route 487.
Harvey Boyer, Elysburg Fire Company president and assistant chief who leads the operation, would not say who the butcher is or where he will be located, but did reveal that the house will have 18 haunts (theme rooms), six of them new. For the first time since 2009, the direction of how people enter the house will also be different.
Volunteers were active Tuesday evening placing the final spooky touches on the three-story abandon house and two winding trails that lead to the main entrance. Come Friday, guests will encounter an array of corpses, tombstones and costumed individuals, some wielding chainsaws.
The haunted house is the largest fundraiser for the Elysburg and Ralpho fire companies. The proceeds are used to buy fire equipment and maintain operations, Boyer said.
"We have a really weird family who come together every year to do the haunted house," he said. "There are between 60 to 80 volunteers, some who are not attached to the fire companies, but are attached to the house."
Although the haunted house can be a creep place, the building is very safe, Boyer said.
The house is equipment with an emergency paging and lightning system, which can activate with the flip of a switch. The attraction is also inspected by both state and private agencies.
"We have invested thousands of dollars over the past five years to improve the safety character of the house," Boyer said. "If there was any type of emergency we will turn on all the lights and freeze the haunted house where people stand."
Of course, guests freezing in place because of spooks and ghouls is often a common occurrence for guests of the haunted house. Classics like the witches' tavern, run by the Woodruff family, and the jungle room return this year. Another classic, the forest, which is located along the trail, are just a few places that people stop in their tracks.
People waiting to enter the house or who make it out safely can enjoy music from a DJ, visit a souvenir stand and six food vendors at the main entrance.
"Come hungry. Eat food from the vendors, because the butcher needs meat."
The haunted house will also be open 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Halloween night, Oct. 31. Ticket price is $10.