By MELANIE MOORE
BLACKFOOT — After months of planning and weeks of construction and design work, the Grandstands of Terror are prepared to open this week.
The Grandstands of Terror, a haunted spook alley located in the grandstands at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds, opens this Thursday and runs through Nov. 1, excluding Sundays. All proceeds from the haunted house benefit the Blackfoot Community Players and the Nuart Theater.
The spook alley consists of several individual rooms including two new rooms for this year. Director Sharon Hoge said they have brought back old favorites but have also made a few changes to keep things interesting.
"We try hard to make it more than just a walk-through," Hoge said. "You're never quite sure what's going to happen next."
They also implement a few changes each night for those making more than one trip through the grandstands.
Hoge has cast approximately 60 people to help during the event, with approximately 40 working each night. Most are students interested in acting. The hope is that the youth in the community become interested in acting and join the Blackfoot Community Players.
The Grandstands of Terror is dark and scary, and Hoge recommends only the bravest children under 10 years old proceed. Children can request a spider ring at the gate to notify those working inside the grandstands not to scare them.
The Grandstands of Terror run from Oct. 14-Nov. 1 at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds. Gates are open from 7:30-10 p.m. weekdays and until 11:30 p.m. Saturdays. It is not open Sundays. Tickets are $7.