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A decade of screams

By Sara Carson, Orillia Packet & Times

Those brave enough to step onto the property of Coldwater's Scream Shack this Halloween season are in for a spooky surprise.

"It's our 10th year so we wanted to do something different," said Colin Laughlin, owner of the Scream Shack. "We've added a third attraction: Hotel Crow."

Daring guests will travel through a corn maze and bush and find themselves inside Hotel Crow, a 40-foot trailer turned hotel on the Wainman Line property.

"There's going to be a real working elevator in the hotel which is kind of like a ride people will go on. (It) feels like you are in a real elevator," Laughlin said.

When asked where the elevator leads, he answered "That's a surprise. Wait and see."

The Scream Shack is also home to Evil Knights, a guided forest tour of slaughtered knights and Circ Du Freak, a freak circus show.

"It can be pretty scary. You're walking through the bush at night and the lighting's kind of low, so it creeps people out," Laughlin said. "It's definitely not a funhouse-type atmosphere. It's very detailed. The props are elaborate, like something you would see in a movie."

Since the Scream Shack can be "intense at times" it is not recommended for children under 8 years of age.

"(It's) geared more towards teenagers and adults," Laughlin said. "It's really creepy, but it's just a lot of fun."

Guests who bring a canned good will get a discount on the price of admission. Over the past nine years, the Scream Shack has donated 13,000 canned goods to Orillia and Coldwater food banks.

"It gives us an opportunity to give back to the community," Laughlin said. "Especially this time of year -- with Thanksgiving and Christmas -- it's very appreciated from them."

The fright nights begin on Friday from 7 p. m. to midnight. The horrors continue on Oct. 17 and 18 from 7 to 10 p. m. The shack is also open the following Friday and Saturday from 7 to 11 p. m. and that Sunday from 7 until 9:30 p. m. Halloween night will be frightening at the Scream Shack, open from 8 p. m. until midnight. Those in need of more terror can visit the shack Nov. 1 from 7 to 10 p. m.

For directions, call 835-3939.

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