Ghoulies, ghosties, long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night will make an early appearance in Hillsville this season when The Barn Crew’s Blackout opens for the stout of heart in the old Hillsville jail on Mill Street.
The Blackout, in which patrons walk through the old jail with only glow sticks to light the darkness and protect them from spirits, demons and the criminally insane, is set for Friday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 31. Doors open at dusk and the cost is $6. A donation of a canned food item will reduce the entry fee by $1, and the food will be donated to the First United Methodist Church for distribution to the needy.
The Blackout is a preview of what will take place on a much larger scale at the old jail during Halloween – Night Watch Haunt. That event begins on Sept. 27 and runs each weekend through Nov. 1.
Lesley Catron, founder of the Barn Crew, said her group is looking to bring a quality Halloween experience to the people of Carroll County. The eight members of the company all previous worked at the Major Graham Mansion, which is noted for its extravagant haunted house experience.
“We just want to shake it up a little bit and bring entertainment on another level to Hillsville,” said Catron. “We want people to see some things they haven’t seen before.”
Catron went on to say that she hoped to include activities that would tie in with the Halloween theme, such as a pumpkin carving contest, for Night Watch Haunt.
“We put on a beautiful show at Christmas, why can’t we do that for Halloween,” said Catron, who promises that the Blackout and Night Watch Haunt will both be something special.
“This not a rubber Freddy mask,” she said. “This is an art form to us, something we put a whole lot of time and effort into, and we do it on a professional level.”
In addition to Lesley, The Barn Crew is composed of her husband, Scott, Chris DeHart, Jessica Thomas, Teresa Lampy, Scott Nichols, Jock Songer, and Carter and Angela Pennington.
Michael Howlett can be contacted at 276-728-7311 or on Twitter@MikeEHowlett