The haunt gets big­ger

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - LUKE STRINGER

IT has been a year in the works but the 2012 Haunt­ing of Oak Beach is go­ing to be big­ger, bet­ter and of course more ter­ri­fy­ing than ever.

With the annual event grow­ing in size and spook­i­ness co­or­di­na­tors Lynn Man­nequin and the De­monised Ghoul of Oak Beach are in need of more vol­un­teers to keep the night both en­ter­tain­ing and in con­trol.

The Haunt­ing of Oak Beach orig­i­nated due to protests from local par­ents there was noth­ing for their chil­dren to do.

En­ter Richard Laven­der who thought that as Hal­loween was not cel­e­brated as ex­ten­sively here as it is in the US, where Richard comes from, why not solve the com­mu­nity’s prob­lem in a fun and en­joy­able way, even if it is for only one night a year.

Last year more than 1200 vis­i­tors ar­rived which was dou­ble the ex­pected num­ber and the De­monised Ghoul, aka Richard, says to make the night as smooth as pos­si­ble he will need at least twenty vol­un­teers.

“Vol­un­teers should dress up as scary char­ac­ters like pi­rates, ghouls, crea­tures of the night and five or six will need to mon­i­tor how many peo­ple go through each at­trac­tion so ev­ery­one is ter­ri­fied ef­fec­tively” The Ghoul said.

The most promi- nent ex­pan­sions to last year’s events are the nine-me­tre dragon tail in Fan­tasy Land and the com­pact car-sized spi­der en­trance fea­ture be­fore the Spi­der Lady.

The Ghoul has also started a new three­year project that will see a dragon’s tail as­cend out of the gar­den this year, its head next year and its com­plete emer­gence in two years.

The dragon’s tail will be in Fan­tasy Land which is tak­ing over from Fairy Land and will also in­clude mock ba­boons, go­ril­las, ele­phants and di­nosaurs.

For the more dar­ing there will also be new com­po­nents to ev­ery other event with the Haunted Man­sion see­ing many scary, new mov­ing in­stal­ments.

If you want to help be a part of this com­mu­nity event please con­tact Richard Laven­der on 4099 3602, email ghoul@ hauntin­go­foak­beach. com or on Face­book at www. face­book. com/ hauntin­go­foak­beach

Hub­ble bub­ble: Sharon and Re­becca Bluett at last year’s scar­ing

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