DANVILLE — Care for a jaunt through a dark forest being chased by a zombie? Or being stuck in a room with clowns wielding butcher knives popping out of the walls?
It’s all for a good cause, as the FEARgrounds opens this week at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds.
Presented by the non-profit Haunts of Hidden River, the house will be open to the public and running Oct. 18-21 and 25-28. Proceeds from the event go to various Hendricks County charities, most notably for 2012, Sheltering Wings and Project A.N.G.E.L.
“We’re a 501(c3) non-profit, and all the proceeds go back to the community,” said Jonathan Blake, president of the Haunts of Hidden River. “We’re 100 percent volunteer, from the board on down to security. We get numerous donations (for the FEARgrounds), both financial and in kind, so we really try to make the event happen with the least amount of capital than we can. That way we can give that much more back to the community.”
While the theme is similar to last year’s, Blake said there are changes as their goal is to improve on an annual basis.
“One of the first things people might notice different is the layout,” he said. “As we started laying things out, we changed the course and the direction of some of the rooms. The general theme is the same — it’s still supposed to be heightening your fears from different phobias like clowns, spiders, those kinds of things. But we really tried to take it up a notch this year and work on the fine details.”
Some of the highlights are the popular clown and forest rooms, which Blake noted were crowd favorites last year. He said patrons should expect one of their new favorites to be the first room they’ll go through this year, which will play on extreme darkness and directional paranoia.