‘Haunting’ guests for 27 years: Original Hollywood Horror Show runs through Nov. 5

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent

   The Original Hollywood Horror Show in Snow Camp continues to create living nightmares.
   Before even officially entering the haunt, creepy characters roam among those eager to get their scare on. You might see Jack Sparrow or Twisty the Clown while waiting in line to enter the funeral tent that begins the show.
The haunt takes place both indoors and outdoors. Groups enter through the large wooden door as they follow their guide into the first part of the house. Each room contains a different frightening theme. Zombies, vampires, clowns and more wait in the darkness. They come out of seemingly nowhere and walk the long hallway a mere step behind. After leaving the house, you proceed through the cave and pass the Black Pearl as pirates fight to the death. The terrifying creatures in the graveyard anticipate your passing through. And you still haven’t escaped yet.
   The location tucked away on Bass Mountain Road in Snow Camp is the perfect atmosphere for the haunted house and trail. The natural sounds from the surrounding woods add to the music and strange noises that emanate from the show. The screams only add to the element of suspense. Guests jump when the muskets fire and chainsaws roar. The smell of black powder and gasoline adds to the scent of fallen oak leaves. The tall trees cover the gravel path with darkness, even on a night with a full moon. Some lights illuminate the walk enough only to see the creatures crawling along the ground or stepping around the trunks of the trees.
After you make it through the haunt successfully, there are still scary things for you to explore. Alamance County natives and Hollywood makeup artists, Dean and Starr Jones, have a museum filled with many things they have created and collected throughout their careers. There also is a ride that simulates being buried alive. A fortune teller sits patiently in her tent anxious to read your future.
The Original Hollywood Horror Show is currently in its 27th year. The haunt continues nightly now through Halloween and Nov. 4-5. Show hours are 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. More information and tickets can be found at the website hollywoodhorrorshow.com. Show artists are available to create your special Halloween look, too. For more information on using their services, contact the show at jonesmovie@aol.com.

Nancy Drago is a freshman at Chapel Hill High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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