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Afternoon Update


October 1, 2010

Paintball park savors screams

ANDERSON, Ind. — A chainsaw wielding madman, a dance-crazed clown and a tunnel that wreaks havoc on one’s sensory perception are all part of Indy Scream Park at White River Paint Ball in Anderson.

Every weekend through Halloween, Indy Scream Park is offering to provide thrills and chills to the ultimate haunted house connoisseur.

Indy Scream Park features “terrifying” attractions that include Nachtmahr, Kurayami, Backwoods, Dark Harvest and Bedlam 3-D.

Last Friday, a full moon loomed overhead, making the long and winding road leading to the park frightening by itself.

But the eerie scenario didn’t stop Carter Barnes, 15, Hannah Kerns, 16, and Kyleigh Kimbrell, 15, from proceeding into the haunted site.

Barnes and company made a special trip from Noblesville and Fishers to see what Indy Scream Park had to offer. The trio of friends said they did not leave disappointed.

“I have always loved Halloween,” Barnes said, “but I am too old to go trick-or-treating. I now go to haunted houses this time of year, and I really loved Indy Scream Park. It really gave me an adrenaline rush.”

“Halloween parties are a lot of fun,” Kerns said. “I still enjoy getting dressed up. I had a great time here tonight because I love haunted houses. That is what this time of year is all about: getting scared.”

Though Kimbrell said she intensely enjoyed Indy Scream Park, she was glad when her walk through Dark Harvest came to an end.

“I tried to run but couldn’t,” Kimbrell said. “It was so dark in there I couldn’t see. Bedlam 3-D was totally awesome. It played tricks on my mind.”

Monster Midway is centered between the entrance and exit to Indy Scream Park attractions.

Before entering or leaving the park, patrons can relax at a picnic table with soda pop, hot chocolate and cider provided by local Boy Scouts. Hot dogs, nachos, chili and cinnamon biscuits are served up by the Lions Club.

Monster Midway offers shooting hoops at Casket Ball and shooting monsters at Zombie Paint Ball. Though patrons enjoy the fair-like atmosphere of the midway, the haunted attractions are what brought many thrill seekers to Indy Scream Park.

Indy Scream Park co-owner John Kennedy believes that people enjoy haunted houses because they bring back great childhood memories of Halloween.

“It’s nostalgic,” Kennedy said. “Most people have fond memories of a cool October night when you go out with your friends and collect loads of candy. Those positive feelings and memories stay with us, and while as adults we cannot go trick-or-treating, we can still enjoy the season by visiting haunted houses.”

So what attractions seem to be the most popular at Indy Scream Park?

“Our patrons have different reactions based on their own individual fears and experiences,” Kennedy said. “Bedlam 3-D is a high-energy attraction that houses several clowns. So our guests with clown issues become very frightened by the actors.

“On the other hand, Kurayami is a total blackout attraction that is very dark. We have had guests walk 30 feet into the attraction and come back out saying they cannot finish it. So what makes an attraction a fan favorite really depends on the fan.

“Our goal was to deliver a world-class haunted attraction to the area,” Kennedy added. “And we think we have done that.”

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