Halloween will be a little more scary this year thanks to the hard work and community spirit being generated by the Turn This Town Around initiative here in Whitesville.
We spent September transforming a vacant building into 5,000 square feet of ghostly goodness.
And not just any vacant building.
A former funeral home. The perfect Haunted House!
Our goal is to provide locals and visitors with a scary, fun and perhaps a unique Halloween experience, while raising funds in the process. (Turning a town around is fun, but expensive!)
Get more info about the Haunted House at our community blog, The Whitesville Word.
We spent September transforming the space into more than a dozen rooms of different themes. From fortune-telling to undertaking, and scarier things between, the space is crawling with fright and fun.
The process of turning the vacant building into a haunted house is much like the process of turning a town around. Different ideas and different people meet, collaborate and take action to try and achieve a vision of possibilities. Although different rooms and themes exist within the haunted house, the collective effort transforms the once empty, vacant space into something new and full of excitement.
But not everyone shares the excitement of our latest project. We saw some negative comments on social media, criticizing our effort. But that was only until more and more comments of support emerged from the local community!
Those words of encouragement are critical for volunteers and community members actively engaged in a wide variety of projects to help improve Whitesville.
The Hub’s Kent Spellmen once described the process of Turn This Town Around as “a real challenge.” He’s not joking.
Our Turn This Town Around group experienced opposition early on, even vandalism of projects.
But the past two weeks of support have validated every effort we have all made together.
Community members are watching, even joining our project groups. We are committed to this effort and we are committed to our town!
Join us every Friday and Saturday through October beginning at 7pm! General admission is $10 and student admission is $5.
And that vacant building currently housing the haunted house? The building will serve as the future town hall, thanks to the generosity and continued support from Whitesville State Bank. Thank you! One more (big) project that will help Turn This Town Around!