Caretaker of Eerie Manor
New Year, new decade, and a new direction for Road's End Eerie Manor Haunted House! When we closed out our haunt season last year, we talked about scaling back the existing set-up. In recent discussions, Mark (lewlew) and I have made plans to take the haunt in a new, and what we think will be, fun direction. The idea of doing a haunted "house" is one that has served us well for the past 6 years. The structure has been entertaining and has allowed us to do some really great haunt themes but it was also a lot of work. Set up, tear down, hauling and storage are among the issues that are becoming more difficult. Beginning this year, we're going to what could be best described as an enhanced scene or set, utilizing a portion of the driveway previously taken up with the haunt structure. Essentially, it will be a façade or building front, to create the image of a larger structure. The space behind the façade will be minimal, perhaps enough to house one or two actors, or display a few props. It will no longer be a "walk in" building. We want to use the façade as a focal point of our yard haunt and it will serve as a space where we can hand out candy, create a really detailed scene and set up a few good scares! This simpler build can be changed up to go with a chosen theme, and while we'll come up with some different ideas, we plan to stick with old school Halloween themes like cemeteries, witches, vampires, skeletons, etc.. We have no doubt that this new approach will keep things fresh, and really let people see and appreciate all of the detail we put into our haunts, something that has been a challenge for us from the start. As for this coming Halloween, we're still fleshing out some plans for the scene, but we think it will be pretty spectacular and we're sure it will be well received by our visitors. More details to come and we'll be sharing our ideas and progress.