Chills and thrills at Suka­nen’s an­nual Car­ni­vale

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There were plenty of chills at Suka­nen Ship Pioneer Vil­lage & Mu­seum on Satur­day, Oct. 13. The goose­bumps weren’t just from the freez­ing tem­per­a­tures ei­ther. Suka­nen hosted their an­nual haunted vil­lage tour -- Car­ni­vale Grotesque -- a guided tour of the grounds at night that fea­tures 13 scares for guests. The event has been go­ing on for more than 11 years and drew 384 guests this year. While that is a lit­tle lower than usual, or­ga­niz­ers were pleased given the un­sea­son­ably be­low-zero weather that night. “It was a cold night, but well-at­tended,” said Frank Lloyd, one of the co-or­di­na­tors of the event from Suka­nen Ship Pioneer Vil­lage & Mu­seum. “The weather was our big­gest is­sue, but other than that it was good. We had some good re­views.”

The event took a group of 40-50 vol­un­teers two or three week­ends to set up and an­other week­end to tear down. The vol­un­teers and or­ga­niz­ers put a lot of pride into cre­at­ing new scares ev­ery year to give their loyal at­ten­dees some­thing new.

“One of our known at­tributes... is that we change routes and the scares all of the time,” Lloyd said. “They’re like lit­tle vi­gnettes, some me­chan­i­cal, some are psy­cho­log­i­cal, some are vis­ual, some are sounds... this is just a good old-fash­ioned ‘boo!’ to make you jump.”

Lloyd said there have been years where guests have been so scared they lost their keys or other things from their pock­ets as they jumped.

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