Haunted house serves up scares

  • Posted: Saturday, October 13, 2012 12:14 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, October 13, 2012 9:34 a.m.
Staff photo by Melanie Herbold
Local residents experience a fright at the Disoriented Express haunted house Friday.
Staff photo by Melanie Herbold Local residents experience a fright at the Disoriented Express haunted house Friday.

For those with a love of fear and being scared, the Aiken Jaycees’ Disoriented Express haunted house is the place to be.

Fear and screams could be seen and heard from the people who braved the haunted experience Friday night.

This is the second year the Aiken Jaycees has put on the Disoriented Express.

According to Aiken Jaycee President Casey Sarka, last year, they had a great turnout and are hoping to have even more people come out this year.

In its second year, Sarka hopes the haunted house will grow in years to come.

“I hope it will be another annual event that people look forward to, and I hope it will grow every year,” Sarka said.

Many of the volunteers who help to put on the haunted house are high school students and, according to Sarka, about 95 percent of them are from Aiken High.

“These kids could be anywhere on a Friday and Saturday, but they choose to come here and do this for charity,” Sarka said. They understand that it’s not for us, it’s for the community. I would much rather have these kids here in a safe environment than anywhere else.”

Many volunteers have made this haunted house possible, and it didn’t happen overnight, Sarka said. Organizers have worked on the Disoriented Expressd since the first week of August.

Although they didn’t see a huge turnout last year during the first weekend, more people tend to show up later on, Sarka said.

“The first weekend is a little slow. Most people don’t realize that we’re here and actually open, which is OK because it gives us time to get more and more practice and makes us better,” Sarka said.

The money raised from this will go toward many charities, depending on how much money is raised.

“We always try to donate to Camp Hope and to any other charities or needy people that need to be helped out. Most of the time, we try to donate to charities,” Sarka said.

Jaycee Camp Hope is sponsored by all Jaycee organizations around South Carolina and is a camp for the physically and mentally disabled. It gives the families of the individuals who go to the camp a break.

“Our main goal is to donate to Camp Hope. We have people in Aiken who go to this camp, but it’s for people all over South Carolina,” Sarka said.

The Aiken Jaycees would like to thank Morris Farms, HIC, B&B Glass, Vista Bank, Ziff Properties and Daniel Anderson for sponsoring this year’s haunted house.

The Disoriented Express will be open today and Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27, 30 and 31 at the old CVS building on Richland Avenue. It will be open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

“The Saturday matinees are for smaller children and people who don’t like to be scared,” Sarka said.

Tickets can be bought in advance for $10 at Vista Bank and HIC warehouse and are $12 at the door. Those in law enforcement will receive an additional discount and will need to contact the Aiken Jaycees or bring their credentials with them when they arrive.

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