Oak Harbor's Frightville X promises a screamin’ good time

Haley Peddie, 14, left, and Kelly Schmeltz, 16, stand in the Frightville kitchen. - Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times
Haley Peddie, 14, left, and Kelly Schmeltz, 16, stand in the Frightville kitchen.
— image credit: Katie McVicker/Whidbey News-Times

If the image of mutilated and bloody baby dolls hanging from a tree gives you the creeps, that means two things. One, you’re normal. Two, Frightville volunteers are doing their jobs.

Frightville, the haunted house constructed each year in Oak Harbor’s Roller Barn, is in its tenth year. A core group of volunteers has been working to set up the house since March and planned to have all the decorations up by Sunday.

Four-year veteran volunteer Brian Boyle led a work crew last Wednesday showing people the ins and outs of the space and creating a check list of the tasks that still needed to be completed before the house’s opening Friday night, Oct. 22.

“We need to get lighting done, cobwebs hung and blood splattered,” he said.

Boyle led volunteers through the rooms of the house pointing out good places to hide and demonstrating scare tactics.

“My family calls him the haunt master,” Boyle’s wife Johanna said. Johanna Boyle said she and Brian watch horror movies together and take notes to get ideas for different rooms in the house.

Similar to last year, Frightville is designed like a home complete with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, library, backyard and more, but every room has been renovated to include new and different thrills.

Youth volunteers Noah Kelly, 19, Kelly Schmeltz, 16, and Haley Peddie, 14, plan to serve as scarers in the library. After touring the house, they agreed that’d be the best room to haunt. The students said they had been to Frightville before and wanted in on the behind-the-scenes action.

“I went to it last year, and it was really good,” Schmeltz said. “I want to be a part of it.”

Frightville is a fundraiser for Oak Harbor’s Boys and Girls Club, and the money raised through admissions goes directly to support programs for the kids. Last year the group raised about $10,000, and this year they hope to make just as much, if not more.

Boys and Girls club board member and vice president Becky King said she thinks visitors will appreciate the changes they’ve made to the event. A new entrance into the house has been constructed, so people can enjoy hot chocolate and other refreshments indoors while they wait to be admitted instead of outside in the cold.

“It’s been 10 years,” King said. “We have new spooks; we’re excited.”

Haunted Happenings

$10 per person

Friday, Oct. 22: 7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 23: 7-11 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 28: 6-9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 29: 7-11 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30: 7 p.m.-midnight

Sunday, Oct. 31:6-9 p.m.

Lights on matinees for kids

$3 per person

Saturday, Oct. 23: 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30: 3-5 p.m.

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