NAPLES — Ready for eerie screams, goosebumps and a scare back in time? Then you might want to consider checking out one — or more — of the various haunted houses that have been erected by everyone from Boy Scouts to private businesses to spook their fellow Southwest Florida neighbors.
For the third consecutive year, the young men and women of Boy Scout Troop 2001 and Venture Crew 2001 have once again designed a haunted house to send chills down spines of even the most seasoned haunted house fans.
“This year’s theme is ‘Haunted Rewind’ with scary flashbacks to remind everyone of Alfred Hitchcock movies, such as ‘The Birds,’ ‘Psycho,’ and ‘The Mystery of the Moaning Cave,’ where a brave bandit totally disappeared into a cave, to never reappear again,” said Erica Flesher, a sophomore at Barron Collier High School and member of Venture Crew 2001, a co-ed Boy Scout program.
For Flesher, who is serving as the haunted house president, the third year of building a haunted house is magically marvelous with her fellow Scouters.
“It will be bigger and better than last year, and the maze will be one of the best parts,” said Flesher.
“It’s really crowded on the first day, and then there are lighter crowds after that,” she recalled of many spooktacular tours of the haunted house in previous years.
The funds raised during this year’s “Scare Back In Time” haunted house will go toward the troop and venture crew’s hiking trip and supplies for their planned Philmont excursion. Philmont, located in New Mexico, is one of the oldest Scouting camps in the nation. Established in 1938, the high adventure camp offers insights into history of Native Americans, as well as hundreds of miles of rocky trails for groups of Venture crews, scouts and leaders to hike together.
Though Scouts gathered plenty of donations to build this year’s haunted house, they are still shy of some ghostly supplies.
“We’re looking for businesses to donate some paint and PVC pipes, and anything for a good haunted house,” said Chris Nightingale, a Scout leader and haunted house volunteer.
Along with taking a tour back in time with Scouts, haunted house fans can also partake in the Fright Factory of Naples, which consists of more than 20,000 scary feet of terrifying twists and turns. There is also the Kiwanis haunted house at Gulf Coast Town Center, where all proceeds go to helping the community.
For those who are a bit squeamish and would rather celebrate Halloween by decorating a pumpkin, there are plenty of options available for those folks as well. Pumpkin patches at St. Monica’s Church and United Methodist Church in North Naples provide ideal photographic fall settings for families to pose in costume together, or to select a pumpkin to carve into a Jack-o-lantern for the front of a home.
Haunted house locations:
Haunted Rewind, sponsored by local Scouters
560 Nursery Lane (across from Gulf Coast High School)
Pre-sale $5.00 a ticket or $7.00 at the door
When: October 23, 24 and 29
Time: 7 to 10:30 p.m.
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Fright Factory of Naples
2320 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Tickets available online (www.frightfactorynaples.com). Prices range from $13 to $23.
When: Now until Oct. 30 (check website for exact times)
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Kiwanis haunted house (theme is: “Raise the Dead to Feed the Living”)
Gulf Coast Town Center, off Interstate 75
Admission fee: $9 for adults and $7 for students and children
Those who donate canned food will receive $2 off admission price
When: Now through October 31