Re­turn to the De­mon­bunker

Debert at­trac­tion is scar­ing up some spooky fun

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­

Are you ready to go back to De­mon­bunker?

The Debert Diefen­bunker has be­come the De­mon­bunker for Hal­loween, and vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to nav­i­gate the haunted be­low-ground hall­ways of the for­mer Cold War-era se­cure in­stal­la­tion and save the world from the Dooms­day Cult.

“It’s a se­quel to the Dooms­day event from 2013, but it’s big­ger and scarier,” said Chris Wild­bore, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor for the bunker.

“It opens with a haunted corn maze type thing, and there’s a tour guide for a while, but it gets scarier and there are es­cape room el­e­ments to it.”

The 2013 event saw vis­i­tors bat­tling zom­bies. This year, the cult be­hind the zom­bie out­break has re­turned, and has taken one of the bunker em­ploy­ees hostage. The cult plans to sacri­fice the em­ployee in order to sum­mon a de­monic force and re­ac­ti­vate the Dooms­day De­vice. The chal­lenge for vis­i­tors is to use their puz­zle-solv­ing skills to nav­i­gate the bunker and res­cue the em­ployee.

Many of the de­sign ideas came from Shan­lon Gil­bert, graphic de­signer at the bunker.

“Hal­loween is my favourite time of year so this is great, but I get scared eas­ily,” she said.

Travers­ing the haunted site should take about an hour, she said – and there are crea­tures who chase the slow­pokes.

Tyler Fields, event man­ager/ or­ga­nizer, said they will be keep­ing track of how many groups are able to res­cue the em­ployee, and re­sults will de­ter­mine the nar­ra­tive for next year. If the ma­jor­ity aren’t able to com­plete a res­cue, the cult will be in power.

Although puz­zles are in­cluded in the ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s not nec­es­sary to be a puz­zle fan to en­joy the bunker.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased on the En­ter the Bunker web­site, at https://www.en­terthe­ , for $25, or $20 for stu­dents and $15 for those aged 15 and younger. Peo­ple choose their time slot when pur­chas­ing tick­ets, but if there is a large enough group re­quest­ing a time that isn’t listed, an ex­tra spot can be fit in.

Lim­ited edi­tion De­mon­bunker mer­chan­dise will be sold at the site.

Movie nights are also be­ing held dur­ing Oc­to­ber, with older films in­clud­ing Hal­loween, The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show, The Ex­or­cist, and Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors be­ing screened. The full sched­ule is avail­able on the web­site.


De­pend­ing on the path you take in­side the De­mon­bunker, you might en­counter this char­ac­ter com­ing through the bars at you.


Em­ploy­ees at the Debert bunker have been busy turn­ing it into a De­mon­bunker for Hal­loween. Three of those in­volved in the project are, from left, Shan­lon Gil­bert, graphic de­signer; Chris Wild­bore, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions co­or­di­na­tor; and Tyler Fields, event man­ager/or­ga­nizer.


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