Creepy fun in the East Main House of Horrors
by Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
UNION — Frightening Halloween fun awaits those who dare to enter the East Main House of Horrors in Downtown Union.
For the next three weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) — and on Thursday, Oct. 31 — the House of Horrors, located at 215 East Main Street, Union, will offer a terrifying tour of the building.
The East Main House of Horrors officially opened last weekend, although it was originally scheduled to open the previous weekend. Union resident Clay Cohen said the initial plan was for him to rent the building to an outside source who wanted to create a haunted house. As those involved attempted to get the building up to code, Cohen said his renter decided it wasn’t worth the effort. However, after preparations had begun, Cohen took it upon himself to see the project through.
“So I decided to work my tail off to work with (city officials) Larry Robinson and Troy Wright to make it safe and entertaining,” Cohen said.
Without giving away any surprises, Cohen mentioned several of the spooky scenes and characters in the East Main House of Horrors. He said a tour guide leads patrons through eight spine-chilling rooms, with twists, turns and surprises around every corner. Screams can be heard from outside the building, and some of the characters inside the house include evil clowns, scarecrows and other various oddities. Cohen said some of the scenes inside are gory, and even though there is no age limit, parents should use their discretion about whether to let young children enter.
Cohen also said family members and friends have helped create the rooms and some of the special effects in the House of Horrors. One of those family members is his brother, Cannon Cohen.
“I’ve never thought about being part of a spook house,” Cannon said. “Last weekend, I helped out behind the scenes and I had a ball working with some of the younger kids there. It’s probably the creepiest spook house I’ve ever seen, but it’s a lot of fun.”
The East Main House of Horrors will open at 7 p.m. each Friday and Saturday in October, and at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 for Halloween Downtown. Patrons will receive a discounted rate between 4:30-7 p.m. during Halloween Downtown.
A concession stand at the House of Horrors will benefit the Philippi Fire Department.
Find the East Main House of Horrors online at www.facebook.com/EastMainHorrors.
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