By Pat Maurer
Who doesn’t like a little “shiver” this time of year? And we aren’t talking about the thermometer.
Hidden Hill Campground nestled into the wooded hill next to the south Harrison interchange on U.S. 127 (Exit 170) has become the “Haunted Hill” this month.
For the fifth year, the annual Haunted House and Hayride are open to the public for some October — and Halloween – fun.
Beginning today, and each Friday and Saturday through October 27, the fun begins at 8 p.m. when the hayride takes youngsters and adults alike around a “spooky” trail, and winds up at a wonderfully elaborate maze that contains the campground’s elaborate Haunted House.
There is a $7 charge for the fun, but it is worth it. Owners Dave and Reva Basinger with some design and decorating help from Lorie Hewitt and assistance from about 14 other volunteers have put together a wonderfully spooky attraction to highlight the season.
Dave said the fee doesn’t even cover his costs. “I’m not doing this to get rich,” he said. He has invested several thousand dollars into the annual “haunting” display, which features ten animatronic “creatures,” all featuring movement and sound, and tons of other equally scary attractions.
There are ghouls and flying witches, thunder and lightning, graveyards and tombstones, giant spiders, bats, and body parts galore, all creepy enough for the most discerning of spook seekers.
The “Haunted House” is built of many, many panels of black vinyl sheeting, “easy to put up and take down again,” Dave said. “It only takes about two hours to get it all up. Of course the decorating takes a little longer – about two days actually. Inside, there is something new and scary every few feet as you wander through the spider-web draped corridors from one display to the next.
The Basingers’ goal is to get the word out and attract more visitors to their annual October weekend fun. “We usually get a couple of hundred attending,” he said. “I would like to see a lot more people come and see everything we have to offer.”
Dave didn’t want to let all his secrets out, but did say, his “Freddy” was his favorite and most elaborate display in the creepy maze. There is a lot to see, including a glowing “mummy” and even a 3D art gallery of “changing portraits” that you have to visit to appreciate…