FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (August 11, 2011) – Halloween thrill-seekers can take a terrifying adventure back in time through 18,000 square feet of interactive, bone-chilling experiences at The Village of Horrors, the premier Halloween event in South Florida presented by AEG Live and Y100, Miami’s hit music station. Inspired by true events, the scariest event in South Florida is back for its second year on Thursday, October 13, 20 and 27; Friday, October 14, 21 and 28; and Saturday, October 15, 22 and 29 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
The Halloween scarefest begins immediately upon entering The Village of Horrors when visitors get their first taste of terror in the immersive Panic Zone. Ghouls, “lost souls” and other creepy characters interact with the brave mortals who dare to enter The Village of Horrors. The nightmare continues at Condess Hall and The Culler Family Butcher Shop, two frighteningly realistic haunted houses that are home to the terrifying paranormal and trapped souls of the McCrea family, the Culler family and others.
Condess Hall has a history of misfortune starting with the systematic mass killing of the McCrea family committed by the family’s patriarch, Jack McCrea. After his suicide, Condess Hall was seized by the state and became an orphanage, which became haunted by a mysterious visitor’s gift of a voodoo doll to one of the orphans, and as an elementary school where the principal reportedly hung herself after her terminally ill daughter died from meningitis. In 1971, the house was boarded and shut for good. Condess Hall is an eerie mansion frozen in time with nicely made beds, tables set for service and empty baby cribs sitting dormant.
The Culler Family Butcher Shop was one of the most successful and largest full-service meat markets and slaughterhouses in the South, and also became the scene of a handful of mysterious disappearances. Visitors will tour the shop to learn how the Cullers kill and pack their meat, witnessing the stained red tile floors, smelling the smoky whiff of charred meat and learning where the meat actually comes from.
Completing the “spooktacular” Halloween experience is a wild midway of rides, games and special attractions, as well as Craft and Peddler’s Row, offering eye-opening entertainment, exciting exhibitors, gripping artists and local Villagers selling their unique wares.
The Village of Horrors Halloween spectacular is not recommended for anyone younger than 13.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $20 for unlimited access to rides. The Speed Scare Pass is available for $30 and allows guests to beat the lines and have unlimited access to rides. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster outlets or directly through the War Memorial Auditorium at (954) 828-5380. The War Memorial Auditorium is located at 800 NE 8th St. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit www.VillageOfHorrors.com.
The Village of Horrors is proudly sponsored by Subway and the Holiday Inn Sunrise.
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