Frightfully fun: Woods of Terror employees share their passion for haunted attraction

By Jaclyn Bartlett
Times-News correspondent 


Woods of Terror performers pose for a photo during the Media Night on Sept. 29. [Chris Bartlett / Special to the Times-News

   GREENSBORO — Woods of Terror’s Monster Midway appears much less daunting   during the daytime when you are not surrounded by darkness and a variety of   monsters waiting to startle you.
Just behind the fence of the midway, actors from all walks of life were putting on   costumes and makeup, before they were paraded into the waiting area for a press   conference on Sept. 29.
It is a mind-altering experience to watch the monsters behaving as normal human   beings and conversing amongst each other as friends.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that many find family within these woods.
Adam Venable, an emergency medical technician and firefighter by day, spends his   nights as Sheriff Hoyt from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” at Woods of Terror. He’s   worked at the haunted attraction for five years.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from. You can be whoever you want to be and   here you are family,” he said.
Erika Jones, who has been working at the Woods of Terror for 11 years, spends her   time in the Monster Midway scaring customers as they wait to go through the trail.
Jacob Roberts can be found within The Purge-themed portion of the trail. He said he   feels that the job helps relieve stress.
“This is cheaper than therapy, you really can get out a lot of those demons you carry   with you for the rest of the year,” he said. “It replaces anxiety and depression with   exhaustion and a hard day’s work and that’s one of the best feelings you can get in the world.”
The attraction was launched in 1991 by current owner Eddie Mclaurin and has offered an experience packed with creativity, wonder and of course, fear, ever since. This is due not only to the detailed sets and props but also to the talented staff who are able to bring about the Halloween spirit thanks to the enthusiasm they have for working here.

Jaclyn Bartlett is a senior at The Hawbridge School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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