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Clubs plan Halloween haunted house

by Linda Hiller, staff writer

Kids of all ages will have a chance to be scared out of their wits this Halloween, thanks again to the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club.

Offering “Terror 2000,” a haunted house in the old Gorman’s Market building, members of the club are now looking for help setting up and staffing their scary house.

“We want to compete with haunted houses like the one the Ormsby House had in Carson City,” said club member Rich Kudrna. “I don’t think they’re going to be doing one this year with their remodeling.”

Kudrna said members of the Active 20-30 Club, whose members are men in their 20s and 30s, are working with the Sierra Nevada 20-30 Club – women in the same age bracket – on the project, with profits going to the youth of Douglas County through projects that include 4-H, FFA and more.

The 20-30 group hasn’t done a haunted house for two years, Kudrna said, but when the Gorman’s site became available, they decided to resurrect the creepy corridors.

“We are grateful to the Park Land and Cattle Co. for the donation of the use of the Gorman building,” said Terror 2000 Chairman Ryan Albert. “We’re excited about this and are looking for people who want to help or set up their own rooms.”

Kudrna said the haunted house so far is only taking up around a fourth of the old grocery store. Those interested in sponsoring rooms – non-profit groups only – will be required to construct their own rooms to the existing 20-30 structure and to fill them with their own blood-curdling creations.

Although there is no official age limit, parents of very young children are advised that scary is the name of the game in Terror 2000.

“It’s pretty scary so far,” Kudrna said. “We’ve had a few adults go in the first room and come right back out looking pretty scared.”

n When, where and $. The Carson Valley 20-30 club Terror 2000 will be open the two weekends before Halloween, starting Oct. 21, from 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays except for Sat., Oct. 28, when they will close at 8:30 p.m. for their annual costume ball, this year to be held at Gorman’s. The haunted house will also be open Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Oct. 31 from 6-10 p.m.

Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Adults can earn a $1 discount by bringing in a canned food donation and all proceeds go back into the Carson Valley community.

Club members and anyone who wants to help set up, staff or sponsor a room will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. at Gorman’s, located at the corner of Kimmerling Road and Tillman Lane in the Ranchos. The public is invited. For more information, call Albert at 782-3729.