Grandstand of Terror opens for Halloween fun

Clowns, rodents, spiders and monsters...there's something to make nearly anyone shudder and shriek at this year's Grandstand of Terror spook alley. Volunteers have been busy putting the finishing touches on the popular haunt, a fundraiser for the Blackfoot Community Players and Nuart Theater, in the grandstand at the Eastern Idaho State Fair
Volunteer Matt Kulicke, who has helped build the spook alley since it started nine years ago, said he lets his imagination guide him when it comes to creating the Halloween fun. "It's a little bit different every year and this year, with the addition of another room, it will be bigger, better and scarier than ever," he said.
"The spook alley features a walk-through maze of dark rooms and scary noises where one should always expect the sudden drops!" Kulicke grinned.
Kulicke said his favorite thing about volunteering for the spook alley every year is the fun he has "scaring people."
"I love to scare...and people love to be scared. We're all crazy!"
Sharon Hoge, director of Grandstand of Terror, said about 65 people, mostly middle school and high school students, volunteer to work at the spook alley.
"A lot of them are students interested in acting and joining the Community Players," she said. "But, mostly they do it because they love to scare people."
Hoge stressed that the Grandstand of Terror is designed to be "dark and scary with ghosts, clowns, spiders and ghouls," and that it is not recommended for children age eight and younger.
"It's probably O.K. for a brave and mature nine-year-old, but not recommended for anybody younger than that," she said.
Grandstand of Terror runs Oct. 11 through Oct. 31; Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Price is $7 general or $10 for a fast pass.
Hoge said a 'fast pass' is for large groups or people who are in a hurry that need to get through the line faster.