Mountain Mayhem kicks off in Whitesburg

Published: Oct. 15, 2021 at 11:46 AM EDT
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WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - People in Whitesburg now have a spooky event to attend.

Mountain Mayhem, a haunted house, opened Friday night for its “10 Nights of Fright.”

Hosting the scares for three Fridays and Saturdays, two Thursdays and Sundays, the event has its final day on Halloween.

Event organizers also said they will be hosting “Lights Out” on Thursdays, which means they will turn out all lights in the attraction and people will get a glowstick to go through.

The owner, Nikki Tyler, said there are plenty of precautions in place to make sure people stay safe while in the haunted house.

“Doing sanitation in between, taking a few breaks for that. We only put one group in at a time,” she said. “If you come with a large group, we will break you down into smaller groups but you’re not going in with people you don’t know. You’re going in with who you came with.”

Tyler said their event is a unique attraction.

“We say we’re not your mama’s haunted house,” she said. “We try to bring in some of the new things that we find. We go to the trade shows, and we spend pretty much 12 months of the year working on this.”

With event actors happy to bring terror, citing a love for the adrenaline the season brings.

“I love to be scared, other people love to be scared, so, it’s a win-win,” Actor Shawn Lowe said. “We love it, people love it, we have a good time. Loving what people do, I wanted to be a part of it, and they gave me a chance and I’ve been here for three years now.”

Lowe said with the precautions in place, there is no worry amongst the crew.

“I do feel very safe, we do a lot of cleaning after each group,” he said. “We’re sanitizing, making sure. Used to, we were face to face, now we back up. It’s not as much but it’s still going to terrify you.”

Event coordinators said they began this year’s event towards the tail end of the “haunt season.”

“We’ve done that so we could offer the Thursday’s and Friday’s as well,” Tyler said. “From what we’re getting, phone calls, messages, feedback from everything. We’re expecting a pretty good night tonight.”

Lowe said they want to offer a final warning, as looks can be deceiving.

“It’s the little house that will,” he said. “You pull up, you’re thinking this isn’t going to be scary but the moment you walk through the first door until you walk out the last door, you’re going to be screaming the whole way through.”

The house is open 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weeknights.

Lowe adds this year more than 20 actors are participating in the event.

General admission is 10 dollars.

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