How I Spent My Halloween
I made the drive to Oxford, Alabama, after I learned about the existence of an attraction called the “Terrortorium.” Oh, and it was worth the mileage I put on my car! The Terrortorium actually consist of three different attractions: a Ferris wheel*, a dark ride**, and a walkthrough haunted attraction. The latter made the best use I’ve ever experienced of claustrophobia. You have to navigate your way through a maze—the entire “house” is a labyrinth—and at times it can be a tight squeeze. As you meander your way through the stygian darkness (a little melodramatic language is called for here, don’t you think?) you encounter some cannibal witches, a demented dentist, an evil clown beneath a big top, and Michael Myers, the only nod to cinema culture the attraction features.
I met and spoke with owner Jeremy Cruse and found him to be a kindred spirit. We share a love for the old time carnival atmosphere of Halloween, which is what he sought to recreate with his Terrortorium. He succeeded admirably.
*You should always capitalize the word “Ferris” as it is the name of the man who invented the ride for the 1893 World’s fair, the same celebration from which serial killer H.H. Holmes lured his victims. Just FYI.
**Jeremy Cruse actually managed to get his hands on the dark ride from Miracle Strip Amusement Park, a former attraction in Florida that was demolished a few years ago to make room for more condominiums (because if there’s one thing Florida needs it is more condominiums). Cruse transported the attraction to Alabama, reconstructed it, and it lives on at the Terrortorium, the best dark ride I’ve ever experienced!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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