Horror Hill In Question
Frights opening for Halloween season
by Sarah Fay Campbell
If you like your Halloween frights to be of the palpable variety and not just televised, there are plenty of local haunted opportunities, including Zombie Village and, hopefully, 13 Stories Haunted House featuring Horror Hill in Coweta, Camp Blood in Carrollton, the House of Horrors in Hogansville, and the Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills.
Crews are hard at work transforming the old Playtex property on Temple Avenue just west of Newnan into 13 Stories Haunted House, which includes the Horror Hill Zombie Alley, as well as Vertigo, Clown Haus 3D and The Smokehouse.
But owner Allyn Glover said there is a chance the frightful feature may not be able to open this year.
"The big thing is it is a very large building and there are a lot of life safety codes that are required," Glover said. "It's going to take a lot of upgrading to get it to code." In addition, everything has to be handicapped accessible.
He said Friday that they had their state building permit but were waiting on one from the county. Once it is in hand, "I've got electricians and alarm people and sprinkler people all ready to work around the clock to get it done."
Hopes are to open by Oct. 25. "I feel right now there is a 50/50 chance" that the attraction will be open then, said Glover. If not, "it will be the first time we haven't opened in 30 years," he said. "But at the same time, we want it to be safe. Then next year when we open we'll be 100 percent safe and 100 percent one the best haunts around."
Check www.13storieshauntedhouse.com for updates.
Zombie Village is back at Powers Pavilion in western Coweta at the Coweta/Heard County line. The Powers' Festival grounds are turned into a village ravaged by the undead. This is the second year of the event, which is open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Things are going really well and "we are doubling our numbers from last year," said Amy Lane of Powers Pavilion. They've made some improvements and additions, and while you wait, zombie movies are shown on an inflatable movie screen. For more information, visit www.powerspavilion.com .
The Sleepy Hollow Experience is a cross between a theatrical production and an interactive haunted house, and is held in the Serenbe Stables. Shows are Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. through Halloween. For more information, visit www.serenbeplayhouse.com .
The House of Horrors in Hogansville opens Oct. 19. It will run Oct. 25 and 26 and Oct. 31, and is held in the Royal Theater behind city hall in Hogansville. For more information, visit www.hauntedhogansville.com .
Camp Blood is a haunted trail, and features the Lakeview Asylum, the Nightmare Hayride and Zombie Shoot, and Moneyback Maze. It's at 2277 Whooping Creek Road outside Carrollton. For more information, visit www.campblood.com .
Glover, who started the Horror Hill Haunted Trail as a teenager at his home on Ware Road in rural Coweta County, has combined Horror Hill with 13 Stories, a haunted house he operated in Kennesaw. With the passage of Coweta County's Special Events Ordinance, Glover was required to get a permit for Horror Hill. It was granted by the Coweta County Board of Commissioners last year, but for one year only, and Glover was directed to find a more suitable location. He found it at the Playtex facility, but getting everything up and running has taken a little longer than hoped.
Glover said he's looking at the big picture. "Can I open this season with a really good haunted house? Yes, I can. But could I be open next year with a great haunted house that everyone will enjoy even more? Yes."
"We're going to succeed here if it kills me — for lack of a better haunted house term," Glover said. "It will be an all or nothing. I will not subject customers to just an average haunted house. We've got too many of those types in this part of Georgia already, that are just OK. I would rather not open it and wait until next season and have a great show, as opposed to opening it with half of what I have."
The building is old and it needs a lot of work. But it will make a great haunted house, he said.
"You can't beat how the building looks, the aesthetics of it," Glover said. "Several of our managers refuse to work at night alone because of how creepy the building is — they really do."