A super scary Saturday night
The Terror of Tallahassee haunted house

Bobbie Brinkerhoff

(FSView: 10/27/08 Section: Arts & Life page 5)

With the costumes and candy, it might be easy to overlook some of the fun events going on besides the parties and the trick 'r' treating. The Terror of Tallahassee haunted house, located at 826 West Gaines Street at the Woodward Avenue light, is one option for Halloween festivities.

"We're one of the more unique things about Tallahassee," said Kurt Kuerstener, business manager of The Terror of Tallahassee.

Only a few other haunted houses in Florida equal its size. The haunted house is three large warehouses connected to form a 12,000 foot facility. The Terror of Tallahassee isn't your ordinary fake cobwebbed room of goblins and witches. This haunted house includes elaborate sets, as well as live black magic, illusions and interactive environments for the audience as they walk through.

"Students can expect the unexpected," Kuerstener said. "They will snake their way through dark mazes and witness strange illusions that seem impossible to explain. They will encounter a disturbing amount of blood soaked and flesh hungry inhabitants, eager to interact with their future meals. They'll also see the Monster Wax Museum of monsters, the Mad Magician's Shock-o-Rama, and they'll feel the Spine-Tingler's Subsonic Sounds!

"They better watch out for Gort, our resident freak, a real ankle biter if ever there was one. And beware 'Infesto,' our eight foot walking, stalking monster. It will be a night they will never forget - even if they try!"

If interested, be sure to make it out to the Terror of Tallahassee. Every Halloween season could be their last. Students are encouraged to come and enjoy the haunted house while they still can. The experience would be one to remember.

"It's hard to imagine doing anything more appropriate for Halloween than to visit a really thrilling haunted house," Kuerstener said. "When I was growing up in Tallahassee, teens would explore the abandoned Sunland hospital for Halloween since it was haunted. Since Sunland was recently destroyed, we recreated some of it here so our visitors could continue that tradition."

Although the price of entering this thrilling set of mind-boggling entertainment is $10 for adults and $6 for children, other spots like Halloween Horror Nights charge much more for admission.

"Our primary goal is to thrill and chill our audience," Kuerstener said.

The Terror of Tallahassee will be open from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. For more information, visit terroroftallahassee.com or call the hotline at 513-9190.

PHOTO: FSU senior Whitney Husz completes the final touches on the new Terror of Tallahassee haunted house sign.

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