Mel's, SpookyWorld plan memorable Halloween
Melís Funway Park LLC, which purchased assets and the name of SpookyWorld last year, said its 20-acre location in Litchfield, N.H., is gearing up a joint Halloween extravaganza that includes a "burial simulator" that seeks to duplicate the atmospherics someone might experience while being lowered into the ground in a coffin.
With laser tag, miniature golf, and go-carts, Mel's Funway aims to be a go-to place for a kid's birthday party and corporate events, and now it is looking to have a bigger presence in the Halloween market, co-owner Michael Accomando said.
Last year, Mel's debuted Nightmare New England, and for Halloween 2009, it plans to combine Nightmare New England haunted attractions with those of SpookyWorld's to offer seven different ways for paying customers to get a good fright; in 2008, Mel's purchased SpookyWorld's website and brand name for $250,000, Accomando said.
For much of its nearly two decades of history, SpookyWorld bounced from location to location, and it aimed primarily at an audience of young trick-or-treaters.
After investing $500,000 to merge and upgrade SpookyWorld and Nightmare New England this year, the seven Halloween attractions are designed for customers between 13 and 35, Accomando said.
"Our job is to scare you," he said.
To that end, the attractions use theatrical effects and actors as well as smells and music to make customers feel that they have landed in the middle of a horror film, he said. In the Snake Room, for example, the sound track amps up the noise of sidewinders and cobras rattling and hissing. Then there's a burial simulator in which courageous types are sealed inside a coffin.
"We call our haunts PG-13," said Accomando so parents have a heads-up that SpookyWorld may not be the ideal venue for a seven-year-old trick-or-treater.
According to the company's press release, ticket booth sales begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 Nights of operation are Oct. 2-4; 9-12; 15-18; 22-25; and 28-31. Ticket prices range from $29.99 to $49.99. For more information, visit www.SpookyWorld.com.