Pleasant Street haunt plays on Sandy citizens' fears
While kids have enjoyed the haunted library in past years, librarians are optimistic people of all ages will delight in Sandy 2019 Library Haunt: A New Chapter, coming to the Sandy Community Campus, 17225 Smith Ave., on Oct. 18.
The haunt is hosted by Creatures of the Night, a group which aims to help cities and nonprofits raise money by providing a theatrical, and actually therapeutic, haunted experience.
"Most haunts are just 'boo, ah,'" Creatures of the Night founder David Jones said. "We create a deeper story. There's no blood, no gore."
There will be two separate haunt experiences offered on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. At 7 p.m. on all four days, there will be a lighter junior haunt, with the full-fledged ghoulish affair at 8 p.m.
"It's a fundraiser for the library but also a way for teens to get involved in the community and doing something after school," Teen Librarian Rebecca Robinowitz noted. "I like how much pride we get to take in this because we're building the haunt all ourselves."
"I got involved in the haunt so I can feel involved in something and learn to open up more and talk to people," added teen volunteer Madelynn Sears.
The story of the haunt is based on the fears of the citizens of Sandy. Jones and his crew consider themselves unique in that their haunts aim to depict fears and concerns of those experiencing the story and do it in a way that eventually dispells those fears and leaves people feeling calmer than the typical "boo, ah" haunted houses might.
For those who might get scared while touring the haunt, the Creatures of the Night offer unique feature called Creature Candles. They are "a magic talisman that keep all monsters and characters several feet away and change every scene to a more spooky and magical experience, rather than scary." The goal is to do everything possible to make the haunt a safe experience.
Funds from the haunt benefit library programs.
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