300+ attend Relay fundraiser

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 6, 2014

The City of Andalusia’s “Nightmare at the Market” drew more than 300 people to the haunted house at the PowerPlant Marketplace on Halloween.

Deborah Spivey of the city said that the city participates each year in Relay for Life and each department is encouraged to plan a fundraiser to help benefit the organization.

Spivey said the city does not know what the profit from the event is yet, but they are hoping for at least $1,000 to go to Relay for Life.

At the suggestion of Administrative Finance Officer Tanya Williams, the group decided to offer a haunted house.

The administrative department, street department, maintenance department and water-sewer department worked to put together the creepy, spine-chilling haunted house.

“I cannot express how important the employees from the street department were to this project,” she said. “They are great Halloween enthusiasts and put a lot of work and effort into the haunted house, using a lot of their own personal props, equipment and costumes.”

Spivey said the employees completed the project within a week and were able to have a trial run on Halloween eve.

Scenes from the haunted house were set up in a maze inside the marketplace, including witch’s lair, haunted library, zombie box, creepy clowns, IT cemetery, psycho-delic criminals, butcher shop, murder room, funeral parlor and ghostly house.

Familiar faces such as Jason, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Ghost Face, Leather face and Chucky were on hand.

Spivey said a long line awaited the actors at opening on Friday night, and they ran the haunted house more than 30 additional minutes.

“I don’t think anyone expected such a wonderful response, and I understand that we had some leave because of the long lines,” she said. “Hopefully, we can address the next year and be fully prepared for a large number of visitors. I can tell you that everyone involved in the ‘actual haunting’ had a blast frightening our visitors. Once the doors opened everybody really got into their characters.”

Plans are in the works for an even bigger, better haunted house next year.

Other teams interested in helping with the county’ Relay for Life efforts can join in on the kickoff meeting, which is set for Tues., Nov. 18, at the Holiday Inn Express at 5:30 p.m.

The goal for the April 24, 2015, event is $100,000.

For more info on Relay for Life, contact Larry Brown at 488-3416.