The tour was spooky, but was designed to give younger visitors some tools to understand what makes something scary, rather than to induce nightmares, said Jessica Dickinson Goodman, a member of the Social and Critique Writing Group that co-hosted the event.
The haunted house event was also designed to be inclusive, with an accessible version of the tour available upon request, she said. Admission was free, but over $500 in donations for Community Services Agency (CSA) were collected.
"We scared about 300 people in five hours," she said on Wednesday. "Our youngest guests were under a year old and our oldest in their 70s. The little ones loved the behind-the-scenes tour where they learned about the UV light spectrum, lighting design, and set-making.
"I think I might still be partially deaf in one ear from the screaming, but if the donations are an indication, everyone had a good time," said Dickinson Goodman.
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