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WCHS band ready to give you a fright

Warren Central’s Big Blue Band is ready to give you “the scare of your life.”

The band’s annual Valhalla’s Frightmare Haunted House will open Saturday at 6 p.m. The haunted house has a new location this year, and will be located in the old Rue 21 store at Vicksburg Outlet Mall.

“We have been working on the construction and decoration for the last two months,” Al Creel, the build chair, said. “It consisted of about an average of 10 people, four to five nights a week, working four to five hours a day. It is a lot of man-hours that have gone into it.”

The haunted house costs $10 per person to enter and Creel said during walk-throughs, it took between eight and nine minutes to complete from start to finish. Participants can expect to see guest appearances by Pennywise and Georgie from the movie ‘It’ as well as characters from other classic horror movies.

“This will be my fourth year with it and I am hoping that we can pull it off that we will actually be scarier this year than we have been before,” Creel said. “We are going to try.”

The haunted house will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday. There will be a “chicken and children” period Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and then the whole haunted house will run from 6-10 p.m.

“The chicken and children days are half priced,” band parent Alisha Creel said. “They are for children 12 and under. The actors and effects are not as lit up in there. It is not as scary. It is a half a fright when you go in on those days.”

The haunted house will also run from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday Oct. 28. That night there will be additional characters from the Twisted Carnival universe played by members of the Mississippi Paranormal Research team.

A second “chicken and children” period will be held Sunday, Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m. with the entire house running from 6-10 p.m. The final dates for the house are Oct. 30 and 31 from 6-10 p.m.

Most of the actors within the haunted house are Big Blue parents and members of the band.

“It is out biggest fundraiser,” Alisha said. “It really helps us as far our instruments and competition fees and even helps fund some of the kids that may not be able to participate in the band without some of this extra money coming in. It helps with travel fees, food, repairs, props and all of those things.”