Twelve years of scares

NEWTON – With more than a decade in the scare business, Surrey’s Potters House of Horrors has got the act down-pat.


According to Chris Pershick, store manager and head of the successful Halloween season at the nursery, Potters sees about 18,000 to 20,000 people visit the attraction in its yearly three-week run.


This year, the 72nd Avenue nursery features two different horror haunts: the more tame circuit, "10,000 Screams," with classic scares like snakes, vampires and two-headed hounds; and the gorier, more terrifying "Sikness," which Pershick says is "not for the faint of heart."


The House of Horrors, which is rebuilt from scratch each year, is a series of horrorthemed rooms, from Victorian gore to Medusa’s Lair to a blood-splattered butcher shop complete with hanging heads.


"Everybody has to be having fun, there’s no point in just turning out the lights and everyone running around and screaming and saying, ‘I wanna get out of here.’ There’s no fun in that," our macabre tour guide told us. "We go very, very heavy on safety, because it’s a big thing. It’s the safest event that we can make it and we take that very, very serious," he said.


"Everyone comes out with a smile on their face and it’s a fun thing to do in this community."


Potters House of Horrors opens daily at 5 p.m., with tickets during Family Hour at $10 per tour, or $15 for a two-house pass. After 7 p.m., tickets are $13.99 or $25 for a two-house pass.


The event runs until 10 p.m. nightly until Friday, Oct. 31. Potters House of Horrors is located at 12530 72nd Ave.


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