ELKO – Screams, terrifying clowns, chainsaws and other eye-popping visuals welcome people looking for a blood-curdling scare for the Halloween season at the Haunt After Dark haunted house.
Guaranteed to accelerate heartbeats with scenes of terror and frights amid dark corridors, the attraction is open 7-10 p.m.. Friday and Saturday nights for the rest of October and on Halloween night at 729 Douglas St.
Billed as “Nevada’s scariest haunted house” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elko, visitors may choose to tour the After Dark Haunted House or the Psycho Circus or both.
The Psycho Circus features appearances by Jigsaw from the “Saw” movie franchise, and Pennywise, the clown from the movie and Stephen King novel, “It.”
Professionally designed by Thrill Seekers Entertainment LLC, Boys & Girls Club CEO Rusty Bahr said the haunted house was upgraded to a “high fear haunt” last year when the club took it over from Friends In Service Helping.
Bringing the haunted house to life included about 30 community volunteers over the age of 15 and a professional make-up team, Bahr said.
Proceeds from the event go toward the Boys & Girls Club and FISH, Bahr said, adding he estimates that about 3,000 to 4,000 people will visit while it’s open.
“We hope [the community] loves it,” Bahr said. “We’re off to a good start.”
Jonathan Boland, who recently moved to Elko, said it was his first time going through the haunted house and he had “a blast.”
Nicole Jackson, business manager at the Boys & Girls Club, said there was a “great response” to the haunted house since it was remodeled and redesigned to include the new attractions.
The first night also had a larger turnout, Jackson said, noting that attendance usually grows the closer it gets to Halloween.
Although there is no age limit for children, Jackson said the decision for them to enter the haunted house “is left to the parent’s discretion if they want to bring a child in.”
“If you have little ones, we kind of frown on it,” Jackson said.
Tickets are available at the gate and cost $10 per person for the Haunted House and $10 for the Psycho Circus. Cost to go through both attractions is $18 per person and a VIP ticket is $25 per person to get in front of the line for both parts of the haunted house.
For information, call 738-2759.