No Shortage of Screams on 2013 Haunted Ship

Posted at: 10/03/2013 9:20 PM | Updated at: 10/03/2013 10:27 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

What are your biggest fears? Clowns? Zombies? Or what about masked men with chainsaws? All those terrors can be found on the William A. Irvin through the end of the month. It's Halloween season and time for the Haunted Ship.

For years Northlanders have satisfied their fears aboard the old ore boat, a ship thought to be haunted all on its own.

"Most of the crew that is working here today has had numerous experiences," said production manager, Alex Dunning. "I've heard footsteps, I've heard voices, and I've heard props go off by themselves."

The William A. Irvin may not need any haunting help, but each October it's turned into a different manifestation of the terrors that haunt your nightmares. This year it's the Blackthorne Asylum.

"It's a fictional asylum where all the patients trapped here are taking their anger out on the customers walking through. So it's very aggressive, it's very in your face," said Dunning.

Dunning and his team tackle as many fears as possible and put them in the pitch-black maze. The 70 or so actors love the screams, the jumps, and the freak-outs.

"We had a lot of panic attacks last year because of how intense it was and I want to keep up that intensity and try and break the numbers we had last year," Dunning said.

Thursday night it's time for their first round of victims.

"I ain't really scared, unless they jump out on me unexpectedly," said Courtney Ladd while in line.

"I might go 'whoaaaa' but no, I'll be fine," Peter Kremer assured himself.

They all made it through, but not without a few scares.

"I liked when they had the flying head come out! That was the scariest." said Kremer.

"When you step on this pressure point, this head goes six feet over your head!" said 13-year-old Cody Tesser. His friend, Ezekiel Ford, 11, agreed the flying head was the scariest part.

Come if you dare, but organizers say to remember, only the tough ones make it through alive.

The Haunted Ship runs through Halloween. Tickets are $10. A donation of one canned good will take a dollar off the ticket price.

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