Let’s face it— kids are scary!

Scare-CROW Quarantine Haunted Maze features spooky fun

2018 — CROW (Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops) is always up to no good in October, as organizers plan their annual Scare-CROW Haunted Maze. This year’s maze is called “Quarantine,” and features ... you guessed it — ZOMBIES!

The story is that no one knows exactly how the virus began, but slowly people from all walks of life became infected. Local authorities managed to Quarantine those affected by the virus in the CROW Center for the Performing Arts, 3120 Highway 101 in Florence. But they accidentally left the vials of antidote inside. Now, it’s up to maze goers to see if they can make it out alive.

Many local student actors are involved in the maze each year, and many CROW moms and dads are rather frightened by their own child’s abilities to scare others.

CROW Artistic Director Melanie Heard likes to chalk it up to the fact that “kids are scary,” but one mom was so freaked out by her daughter (dressed as a creepy clown last year), that she would not go through the maze on the nights when her daughter was working.

“She 100 percent freaked me out,” the woman said. “She just sort of looked at me sideways, and I screamed and ran out of the room.”

As with everything CROW produces, the “Quarantine” Haunted Maze will feature top-notch special effects, prosthetic make-up (designed by Genevieve Meltzer, Kim Clement and Allison Aquino), fantastic costumes and unexpected surprises.

One new addition this year is an all-ages “Family Night” to be held on Monday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m.

“We had several people ask us for a way for younger kids and ‘big chickens’ to be able to experience the maze. So, we created Family Night this year to make the maze ‘less scary’ for those who want a little less fright in their night,” said Heard.

Family night will feature more light, fewer/more friendly monsters and no jump-scares. Parents are cautioned that the maze will still contain many scary visuals, and entry is at parents’ discretion only. 

For more information, including FAQ’s and a scary promotional video, visit www.crowkids.com.

The Quarantine Haunted Maze will be held Oct. 26, 27, 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m., and Oct. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the Family Night.

Entry is $6 per person, cash only.

On-site food is provided by Smokin’ Pops, and there will be “Thrilling” line entertainment by the Flight Dance Team.

Last year, more than 1,000 maze goers meandered through the freaky halls, coming from as far away as Astoria, Coos Bay, Eugene/Springfield, and even Portland.

“Let’s see if you can escape the Quarantine!” Heard exclaimed. “Will you make it out alive?”