House of horrors haunts Carbondale
October 27, 2005
If getting the #$***@! scared out of you is part of your Halloween routine, plan a trip to Carbondale this weekend.A haunted house designed by veteran spookmeister Greg Didier will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday at 150 Main St. in Carbondale.”Could you get a creepier house to do a haunted house with?” Didier said while surveying the outside of the abandoned building he is turning into a horror shop.
Indeed, the place fits the bill. The crumbling house has dark wood, curling shingles and few windows. It’s the kind of place you wouldn’t want to approach to ring the doorbell, even if it weren’t Halloween, for fear of who or what would answer. Didier spray painted a fence with “danger” and “keep out” to add effect.Connie Baker and Michelle Marlow, business partners in Med-Agenda, a marketing and communications firm, donated the house for use. Baker said they wanted to provide kids of all ages with something to do on a weekend ripe for mischief.Didier gave a quick tour of the inside after securing a pledge that some secrets would be preserved. Suffice to say there will be things grabbing customers, strobe lights creating their time-warp effect, spooky props, smoke, cobwebs and confusion in a maze. That’s just for starters. Some spooks, ghosts and monsters will be interactive, thanks to the help of about a dozen seniors from Colorado Rocky Mountain School.When it comes to coordinating everything, Didier knows what he’s doing. He’s organized five previous haunted houses in the valley. The secret for success, he said, is simple.
“It’s the element of surprise,” Didier said. “I get you looking here and Jason [king of the movie slashers] pops out there.”The inside of the Carbondale haunted house is perfect for that kind of thing. It has all sorts of nooks and crannies built in. Didier added a few more with black tarp. He guarantees older teens and adults will get spooked at this house.An adjoining shed where the experience won’t be as intense will be for younger kids. Vendors will sell hot chocolate and goodies.
The admission fee for those who dare enter the haunted house will be $7. All proceeds go to Colorado Animal REscue, or CARE, which saves unwanted pets and finds new owners for them.Baker is on the board of directors for CARE, so she combined her desire to provide something for kids to do with a fund-raising opportunity for the animal welfare group. They recruited Didier to organize the house when they learned of his expertise.Free parking is available at the Church of Carbondale on Snowmass Drive. Transportation to the haunted house is available on a “haunted hayride.”Scott Condon’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org