The 2017 event took place at Unit 43 Waterford Business Park, Cork Road from Thursday 26th – Tuesday 31st October. The event featured exciting new editions such as the horror express train, the maze and of course, the thriller dancers returned. The tour area from the public was almost twice the size as last year.
The House of Horrors is mainly volunteer driven. This year, a total of 126 individuals volunteered as cast & crew members, 86 of whom were young people aged 14-24 years old. Work commenced in late August with volunteers giving time during the day, evenings and at weekends. Tasks included:
- Set design, construction
- Painting & decorating
- Creating / making props & mechanical devices
- Creating special effects
- Designing & distributing promotional material (10,000 flyers distributed to homes in Waterford City. A group of young people and volunteers travelled to Dungarvan, Kilkenny, New Ross & Wexford Shopping Centres and main thoroughfares to distribute flyers).
The event featured “No scare” afternoons and interactive tours suitable for children (aged 3yrs or older) and families. Visitors were accompanied on a guided tour through a range of Halloween themed rooms, corridors & tunnels. Tour guides and ‘super heroes’ accompanied guests on a fun & interactive adventure. Tours began each day at 11.30am and ran until 2.30pm approximately.
The scary “fright filled” evening walkthroughs, suitable for those aged 12 years and over (accompanied by an adult) or 15 years and over unaccompanied, were a huge success. Visitors made their way (unaccompanied by a guide) through a dark maze of tunnels, rooms, scenes, effects & sounds. Tours began at 6.45pm and were scheduled to run until 9.30pm each evening, but such was the demand, tours ran right up to midnight!
A total of 4,436 visitors attended the House of Horrors in 2017. Thank you to everyone for your support.