‘Factory of Terror Haunted House’ opens tonight

Published 2:16 am Saturday, October 9, 2010

If the sound of a chainsaw and people’s screams are music to your ears, Florala’s “Factory of Terror Haunted House” is the place for you to be beginning tonight, Sat., Oct. 9.

Organizers have battled ghosts and the state fire marshal to bring a “truly terrifying experience” to anyone who is brave enough to grace the door of the old Seymour Gitenstein sewing factory, located across from the Florala Police Department.

This is the first time Florala has been chosen as a site for a haunted house of this magnitude, so brace yourself – these people are professionals.

Charlene Davis, organizer, said for the last five years she and a group of dedicated individuals have worked to put a good scare on visitors.

“If you’ve been to Opp’s Haunted Manor or Elba’s Haunted Jail, you’ve been through one of our haunted houses,” Davis said. “We’ve been doing this for the last five years. And we do things a little differently than other haunted houses. I can’t tell too much, because I don’t want to give things away. I can say that we don’t use a lot of props.

“We don’t use a lot of high tech stuff either,” she said. “We use real live people. I mean what would scare you more, a mechanical puppet popping up at you or a live Freddie Kruger jumping out at you?

“Because it’s real, and it’s coming out at you,” she said.

Davis and her team have transformed the wide-open space inside the sewing factory into a “maze of sorts where something is lurking around every corner.”

“It is definitely something to experience,” she said. “We were supposed to open last weekend, but we had some issues that the fire marshal pointed out. Those are fixed and we are ready to open.”

Friday marked the official start of the scaring season in Florala; however, the haunted house will remain open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 p.m. until the last person in line is scared. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

“For kids under 12, I would say it’s up to the parent’s discretion on whether or not they want to bring them,” Davis said. “It is pretty scary in there.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Paxton Dixie Youth League to help offset some of the costs of the group’s baseball, softball and T-ball program.

“We even have a few parents who are volunteering inside,” Davis said.

Davis said the group also includes Robbie Payne, Kale Nelson, herself and a variety of dedicated “scary people.”

“And that’s what we’re dedicated to do – scare you,” she said. “We want you to go through it and come back for more.”