Ghouls and freaks come to life in downtown Macon tonight as the Underground Haunted House opens at the Georgia Childrens' Museum.
Dozens of actors and volunteers are stationed throughout dark halls in the basement of the museum on Cherry Street a block away from Terminal Station.
"The Underworld experience utilizes the largest live cast in Georgia," said Mary Cay McCullough, executive director of the museum. "All of our scares feature live actors. We don't use animatronics for anything of that nature."
When the fledgling museum was struggling in 2005, the haunted house was created to raise money to get the facility back on track.
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This year's theme is "Where your screams come true" and organizers say it is bigger and better than previous years.
Guests who are pregnant, suffer seizures or heart problems are warned to reconsider attending the show before entering the elevator to the Underworld. The haunted house is not intended for children under 13 years of age, McCullough said.
The Underworld opens at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until November 1st. Tickets are $13 for regular admission and $10 for students or those with a military ID. Tickets can be purchased up until midnight and the museum an stay open until 1:30 a.m. to accommodate those already in line.
"We try to give everyone a unique experience every time they come through," McCullough said. "So if you come through tomorrow night and then you come through on Halloween night there might be something a little bit different or varied so it won't be the same experience twice."