Sept. 28, 2019 — Children’s Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) once again delights and dismays with the fifth annual Scare-CROW Haunted Maze Oct. 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31 at the CROW Center for the Performing Arts, 3120 Highway 101 in Florence.
Last year’s “Quarantine” maze tied for first place for “Best Haunt in Oregon” by Oregon Haunted Houses. This year’s theme, “Freak Show” hearkens back to yesteryear and carnivals, circuses and freaks.
Usually, when the carnival comes to town, it’s time for fun and merry-making. But this time, something is different. Something just isn’t right about the performers. One by one, humanity has been drained from the traveling carnival troupe, until all that is left is utter darkness. They want YOU to join them in their macabre celebration under the tent. Will you enter the Freak Show to see what’s on display? And once you enter, will you ... stay?
“Each year, the event gets bigger and scarier,” said Ringmaster Melanie Heard, artistic director of CROW. “We’re excited to let this out of the cage.”
She took inspiration from iconic carnival imagery for this year’s show, and built on past favorites of the haunted maze — creepy clowns, spookily talented youth and other special surprises.
Plus, the community has stepped up in a big way to help with sets, makeup, specialty props and all-around atmosphere.
Area residents Jeff and Terry from Angle and Square created an amazing vintage ticket booth for this year’s haunted maze.
Each night will open the maze from 6 to 9 p.m. On Oct. 29, a special family hour will tone down the scary from 5 to 6 p.m.
“This ‘less scary’ hour will still contain all of the same props and special effects, but there will be no jump scares and fewer, more ‘friendly’ wandering monsters,” Heard said. “This is a great time to come if you are a small child or a big chicken. Small children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.”
Disclaimer: The maze itself will still contain many scary visuals and props. Entry is at your own risk, and with parental discretion!
Admission is $6 per person, cash only. CROW will not accept checks or credit cards.
“Supporting the maze literally screams that you are an active supporter of providing a well-rounded, arts-filled education for our local kids,” Heard said. “There’s nothing scary about helping kids achieve great things.”
CROW will also partner with The Dipper food truck this year. Based in Eugene, The Dipper will provide dip sandwiches and other food for sale.
Entry to the maze is at each person’s own risk. People should not enter the maze if they have heart issues, or any other medical condition that might be impacted by a sudden scare or special effects such as strobe lights, fog, etc.
While the maze layout is designed for entry by ADA individuals, it is still a haunted maze, and there will be tight corners, special lighting, startles, etc.
“Know what you’re in for! The maze is very scary,” Heard cautioned.
For more info on the 2019 maze, including frequently asked questions, visit www.crowkids.com.