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FreakShow haunted house in Greenwich ‘almost like a nightmare’

This clown certainly made its presence known during second season of the Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House. Haunt designers promise more scares are in store for year three this fall.
This clown certainly made its presence known during second season of the Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House. Haunt designers promise more scares are in store for year three this fall.

GREENWICH - It’s dark, pitch black to be exact.

Screams resonating from inside the Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House could be heard the entire time you waited in line and now you’re anxiously feeling your way through a makeshift maze winding through an old warehouse at Stirling Fruit Farms. There’s no telling what awaits at the next turn. Hearts are racing.

The creators, Aaron Peerless and Jaimie Corbin of Phantom Effects Special Effects, have you exactly where they want you.

“You know that something’s coming but you don’t know where, and that anticipation messes with your head a little bit,” said Corbin, marketing and communication manager for Phantom Effects and Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House.

In their third year of designing the Phantom’s FreakShow haunts, Corbin can confidently say they know how to toy with those bold enough to dare to be scared.

“I come from a psychology background and Aaron and I are both big-time horror buffs, so we’ve seen it all and analyzed it all,” she said.

“We’re also special effects make-up artists, so we strive for realism.”

Their haunts aren’t planned out around themes. Themes, Corbin said, are too predictable for the FreakShow.

The Phantom’s FreakShow crew ensures haunted house guests are left wondering what awaits them at every turn.

“It’s basically like a maze and it goes and opens up into the different rooms and each of the rooms is almost like… these little movie set-type situations,” said Corbin.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to it and we like to keep it that way because it’s almost like a nightmare.”

The 100-year-old warehouse is a prime location, and they recently announced that there will be an eerie expansion into the farm’s corn maze for this upcoming season.

“The warehouse is genuinely creepy,” said Corbin, noting that the corn maze will add to the experience for thrill seekers left wanting more after the haunted house tour.

“It’s an adrenaline rush.”

The corn maze will be offered in conjunction with the evening shows as weather permits.

Phantom Effects proudly supports the IWK Foundation through these haunted house events, and has donated nearly $10,000 in proceeds collected from the first two seasons. This year, Corbin hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the IWK’s mental health centres located in Waterville.

“We are locally-minded with our cause,” she said, noting that the support of devoted volunteer “ haunteers ” and corporate sponsors help make it all happen.

There is a $10 haunted house admission charge per person 10 years or older, but younger children get in for $7. The corn maze, considered a separate attraction, is accessible with a $5 entrance fee that can be paid at the farm’s U-Pick shack

“So long as there’s a lineup and people want to come in, it’s open,” vows Corbin.

The haunted house alone is a project that’s four months in the making.

Corbin firmly believes the final product is a must-see attraction worth every 14-hour day the tight-knit building crew put in to transform the warehouse into Phantom’s FreakShow.

“Everything this year is very much on a grand scale,” she said.

Jaimie Corbin and Aaron Peerless of Phantom Effects Special Effects are horror buffs and special effects make-up technicians. They say everything in the Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House has been done a grand scale for the upcoming third season.

“We live and breathe this.”

You can catch the Phantom’s FreakShow Haunted House and haunted corn maze attractions at Stirling Fruit Farms, located at 10317 Highway 1 in Greenwich, on these dates:

Sept. 30 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Oct. 6 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 7 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 8 – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Oct. 13 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 14 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 15 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Oct. 20 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 21 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 22 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Oct. 26, 27 – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 28 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Oct. 29 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Oct. 30 – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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