LAURINBURG – Scotland County Parks and Recreation is adding a new scare to its Halloween lineup.
Parks and Recreation will still have Halloween in the Park for the little ones on Oct. 26, but the organization has partnered with the Laurinburg/Scotland County Chamber of Commerce and Growing Change, to offer a haunted house/ zombie tour for older folks looking for a little excitement.
The event has been dubbed the “Insanitarium” at the Old Wagram Prison − Zombie Apocalypse. It will be offered on Oct. 20, 21, 28, and 31 from 7:30 until midnight each night. The cost is $10 per person.
Unlike other Parks and Recreation events, this exercise is aimed at making money for the organizations involved.
“It’s such a nontraditional approach for Parks and Rec… a lot of things the public sector does are not geared toward making money,” county Parks and Rec. Director Brian Graham said. “And one of the elements is that, in Scotland County there were not a lot of middle age and adult programs, so this is geared toward that population.”
Proceeds from the four nights will be split between Parks and Recreation and Growing Change.
Growing Change is a program that serves at-risk youth, teaching them farming skills. The organization plans to create a sustainable farm and will use the money from Halloween tour for that purpose.
The Halloween event is somewhat modeled after Universal Studios Walking Dead Tour where guests must navigate through the prison while hungry zombies come out of the nooks and crannies. It will be different from the tour because all of the traditional elements of a haunted house like axe murderers, ghosts and masked killers will be incorporated as well.
There won’t be any zombies in prison or police uniforms either.
“With respect to the site, we won’t have any dead prison guards or prisoners, but it’s still going to be a lot of controlled chaos,” Graham said.
Participants in the event will be transported into the site from the perimeter of the property in order to help fight off roaming zombie hoards during the 40 minute encounter on the 67 acre campus, according to Noran Sanford, director of Growing Change.
Sanford said the event will be truly unique because it takes place in a decommissioned prison.
“I don’t believe any site anywhere can boast offering that experience,” Sanford said.
Members of the theater department at St Andrew’s University and UNC Pembroke along with youth leaders from Growing Change have “crafted the experience” that they hope the public will enjoy as much as they have.
“Our youth leadership had to approve the idea,” Sanford said. “It’s hard to say who is more excited the youth leaders or the adults. I’d say it’s a tossup.”
Organizers still need volunteers to help set up the exercise or play the undead. To volunteer or purchase tickets, call Scotland County Parks and Recreation at 910-277-2585.
Reach Beth Lawrence 910-506-3169