The Hogansville House of Horrors offered up plenty of chills and thrills last Saturday night, and the ghouls will be back for more hauntings this weekend and next.
This is the first year that opening night for the haunted house was held immediately following the Hummingbird Festival, and it was a big success, according to local merchant and volunteer coordinator B.J. Boyer. Boyer’s cast of costumed volunteers helped make the old Royal Theater come alive.
Most attendees were families and adults. Volunteers have been working for months on a new layout and new decorations, and parents are being warned to leave small children at home. “It’s super scary,” said Boyer. “The screams coming out of the torture chamber were especially spine-chilling.”
The event came to a halt at one point in the evening, when a group of boys got overly excited and destroyed some of the props. The lights went up and the boys were ushered outside to Police Chief Moses Ector, while staple guns were deployed inside to repair downed walls.
A lot of work went into making the event a success, and “shenanigans will not be tolerated,” said Boyer. “The police are readily available to us if anything gets out of hand.”
The haunted house will be held on October 23, 24, 29 and 30 at the Royal Theater on Main Street. Hours are from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Hogansville Downtown Development Authority, and there is an admission fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Proceeds generated by the haunted house will help fund DDA projects in Hogansville.