Beaver Homes Grange frights and delights with carnival sideshow-themed haunted house
Looking for a spooktacular time in the backwoods of Goble? Look no further than the "House of the Twisted and Bizarre" being hosted at the Beaver Homes Grange.
The grange will be hosting its annual haunted house event throughout October, starting with haunted houses on Friday, Oct. 12. This year's haunted house features a carnival sideshow theme — with a twist.
"A lot of people that are volunteering do not like clowns, and one of our grange members is a member of a clown association, so we said, 'No clowns,'" grange member Makenize Sebring said.
While the drive may be a bit long for some in Scappoose and St. Helens, the creepy decor and chilling, devious animatronics that lurk around every darkened hallway inside are worth the trip.
Scott Sebring, Makenzie's husband and overseer of the grange, is passionate about haunted houses and spends much of his time crafting new items for the attraction by fashioning pieces of scrap metal, wood, animal bones, thrift store finds and more to create one-of-a-kind decorations.
"It's cool the stuff you can build if you just put your mind to it," Scott Sebring said.
The carnival sideshow-themed house will have a variety of thrills and chills, ranging from sideshow freaks to possessed babydolls, spider web-coated walkways and costumed actors. You just never know what's going to jump out and scare the bejesus out of you.
"I enjoy doing it. It's a blast," Scott Sebring said. "And seeing people get scared is even more fun."
While the grange haunted house offers a scary experience for adults, that level of creepiness can be too much for young children. The grange offers a toned-down tour that can be requested before entering. During the toned-down tour, children can actually trick-or-treat in the haunted house and approach the monsters inside with all of the lights in the building turned on.
In addition to the haunted house, the grange offers a series of "twisted treats" in the basement of the grange. Downstairs, visitors can play a variety of games and purchase food and snacks. Entrance to that event is free, but games are pay-to-play at about 25 cents each, Scott Sebring explained.
Makenize Sebring said she is looking forward to the event as a way to celebrate the spooky season and also benefit a community organization.
"Come out and support the community and grange and have a good time," Sebring said.
The haunted house is open every weekend on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting on Friday, Oct. 12. It will also be open on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children, ages 6 to 10. Tickets for seniors and military are $5.
The grange is located at 31105 Beaver Homes Road. Signs will be posted directing motorists to the location.