Chills and thrills at Sukanen’s annual Carnivale
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.