It takes a lot of work to be scary

By Michael Basirico
Times-News correspondent 

GREENSBORO — Many things were discovered while touring behind-the-scenes at the Woods of Terror.
After watching an actress spew blood onto the ground (fake, of course), and proceed to drip blood from the sides of her lips, she was asked how it was done.
“Lots of spit, and any red Jell-O powder,” she replied. “Just pour it directly onto your mouth and then mix in with some spit, and you have homemade blood.”
   Eddie McLaurin, owner and operator of Woods of Terror, plans and sketches out the designs for costumes, woods layout, and more, several months in advance to ensure that everything is running smoothly and properly before the opening date. While he doesn’t act as a character in the forest, McLaurin comes out after the tour with his yellow and white snake, which can wrap around the length of his body.
Actors 18 years and older can become involved in the Woods of Terror. Participants act as a theater company, where all of the participants create a friendship, or family, in a way. It was interesting to see how much work it takes to stage a good scare.
Hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today and Friday and Saturday. Woods of Terror is at 5601 N. Church St., Greensboro. Tickets range in price from $17 to $45 and can be purchased at woodsofterror.com.

Michael Basirico is a junior at The Burlington School and a Teens & 20s writer. 

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