Groups give residents local options for haunted trails
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 17, 2011 | 2030 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two actors from the Paranormal Playhouse scare attendants during a performance Friday night. Organizers of the local spookhouse plan to offer the event every night except Sunday until Halloween.  Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
Two actors from the Paranormal Playhouse scare attendants during a performance Friday night. Organizers of the local spookhouse plan to offer the event every night except Sunday until Halloween. Photo by: Daniel Gaddy
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Two local groups are hosting haunted trails this month — and one will help benefit an area food bank.

The cast and crew of a locally filmed horror movie will host their “Paranormal Playhouse” in Jasper until Halloween.

The Playhouse has been operating for two weeks. John Ware, an organizer of the project and director of the local zombie film “Three Days Dead,” said turnout has been lower than he expected, but those who have come have been genuinely scared.

Ware said the actors are working against a stereotype that anything local and creative is of poor quality.

“Just because it’s in Jasper doesn’t mean its low budget and not a good show,” he said.

Ware said he is proud of the work done by everyone involved with the Playhouse, which primarily includes actors from “Three Days Dead” in full zombie costumes.

“It’s just a scary, good time,” Ware said.

The cast and crew of Three Days partnered with Joanna Spahn for the Paranormal Playhouse. Funds raised from the event will go toward the movie and a club for teens Spahn plans to open at the site of the playhouse, a former bingo hall across from Clayton Homes on Highway 78.

A group from West Jefferson County is also bringing to Walker County a haunted trail that has been operating for decades.

Sean Jones, chief volunteer for Spooktrail: The Mazeum of Monsters and Mayhem, said the group moved the site of the haunted trail from Adamsville to an area in Pumpkin Center.

Jones said the new location is much larger, has better parking and provides a much scarier atmosphere for attendants.

“It’s been one of the best locations we’ve ever had,” he said.

Jones said the Spooktrail has been operating for 22 years straight. The venture rarely makes enough money to cover the expenses of putting it on, Jones said, but the group of volunteers keep doing it every year.

“It’s just a bunch of folks that love to scare people,” he said.

Organizers of the Spookhouse offer a discount for attendants who bring in canned goods, which are given to a United Way Food Bank.

The Paranormal Playhouse will run from 6 until 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Spookhouse at Pumpkin Center operates every Friday and Saturday night, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., leading up to Halloween night.

For more information about the Paranormal Playhouse, call 205-483-4222 or search for the group on Facebook

For more information about the Pumpkin Center Spookhouse, call (205) 527-8547 or log on to www.spooktrail.com.