Haunted house benefit for worthy causes
by Sarah Fay Campbell
You can get your fright on for a good cause at a haunted house benefiting Coweta County Special Olympics and The Odyssey School.
The haunted house event is in a storefront in the Ashley Park shopping mall on Newnan Crossing Bypass. This Saturday, along with the haunted house, there will be a full day of fun at the annual Fall Festival benefitting the two organizations.
The haunted house opens Friday at 5 p.m. It runs Friday and Saturday this weekend and next, and the week of Halloween, starting Monday, Oct. 28. Admission is $5, and only ages 10 and up are allowed. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. and you must be in line by 9 p.m.
It's located in the building between DSW shoes and GameStop.
The Fall Festival runs from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and will feature carnival games and bounce houses, a silent auction, a raffle for an iPad, Zumba, fire trucks, face painting, vendors, pony rides, a dunk tank featuring Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, a magic show, 1,000 goodie bags, chiropractic screenings, and more. Performers include Caleb Asher, Anderson Baggett Band and the Wyatt Band.
The festival will be held in the parking lot on the Bullsboro Drive side of Ashley Park, between La Parilla and Firehouse Subs.
Admission is $10, for ages 2 and up. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs.
The haunted house takes about 10 minutes to go through, said Carla White, creator of the haunted house and a board member with Coweta Special Olympics.
"It's going to be a pretty good show. We've really put in a lot of hard work," she said. The haunted house is manned by volunteers, mostly students from Newnan High School's Georgia Workforce Program and JROTC cadets from Northgate and East Coweta high schools.
This is the second year for both the fall festival and the haunted house.
White has always wanted to do a haunted house, but never had a place to do it. Last year, she was talking to her friend Nsa Austin with Odyssey School. Austin told her that Ashley Park had donated a space to Odyssey but they weren't sure what to do with it. White offered the haunted house idea and they ran with it.
"Last year, we had about 1,500 people come through," White said. "This year, my goal is about 5,000."