Who's the weird old person hanging around the packs of high school kids at Portland-area haunted houses? The one who reeks of good coffee and cheap gin? Yeah, that’s a Willamette Week writer out reviewing local haunts for Creeper Crawl 2012.
20775 Butteville Rd Northeast, Donald. 752-8692.
A dank old farmhouse on a country road outside the tiny town of Donald. We were the only people in the tiny gravel lot on a Saturday night. The ghouls seemed eager to work when I got inside.
$10, cash prefered.
The house has been in the family for a century though no one has lived in it for the past 20 years. Owner Christie Kelly is slowly renovating the 4,000-square foot mansion but plans to use it as a haunt in the meantime. There’s another sad angle, too: Part of the proceeds are being given to Doernbecher Children's Hospital, in the memory of Kacy Sue Lunsford Duda, a three-year-old who was killed by her mother’s boyfriend, Benjamin George. Kacy Sue’s father, Micheal Dudas' runs the haunt with Kelly. George, an ex-Marine, was babysitting the child in 2010 when he performed “ultimate wrestling” moves on her, collapsing her lungs, lacerating her liver and causing massive brain swelling. He is serving a life sentence for the child’s death.
The bubbling fear of wondering what happens if and when the doctor calling for you finds the glowing mark on your hand. I pulled the sleeve of my coat over it—no joke.
There are buckets of blood in this house, covering the hospital gown-clad actors and in a theatrical operating table scene. The suspense build by the actors, and from genuinely wondering if you’re lost in this big, old, smelly house is even more effective, though.
The ghouls popping over the back fence to stare at me as I turned my car on to go. They weren’t very busy at 8 pm last Saturday night, though I understand the line can grow long closer to Halloween.
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