TEMPLE — Nightmares aren’t real, or are they?
Silo of Screams is what nightmares are made of. The most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us – Halloween. Silo of Screams, a haunted attraction, owned by John Guthrie, is 33,000 square feet. The attraction has five different haunts and opened just three years ago.
I mercilessly made my fiancé come with me to the attraction. Haunted attractions give him anxiety.
As we got closer, the drive leading us to the attraction became eerie. The location set the haunted scene perfectly. We had arrived at a huge silo away from the city. We parked in a dirt field, alongside other vehicles and started making our way towards a run-down school bus. Screams could be heard from where we parked. The bus was being used as a ticketing booth. Passed the bus, two abandoned buildings were being used to scare nightmares into people.
It was cold outside as it began to sprinkle, but I was not going to let the weather ruin my anticipation for a good scream. It takes a special kind of person to enjoy being scared. We waited a little over an hour to scream our way through the first haunt – Her Witched Way.
Guthrie said that Her Witched Way, the longest haunt of the five, was made from nightmares.
“Lisa is our co-creator,” Guthrie said. “Lisa has nightmare problems. That whole Her Witched Way that we walked through, the swamp, the house and the insane asylum tied together, that’s all her vison.”
As my fiancé and I walked through the green lit swamp, the floor boards began to move. I thought I was imagining things. The darkness was everywhere. Corners and hallways of the haunt were unlit, which created high levels of anticipation. What was hiding in the dark?
Guthrie said that people are most scared of the unknown.
“The dark, no doubt,” Guthrie said. “The anticipation is what it’s all about.”
As the nightmare continued, so did the screams that filled the silo. We could hear the group that entered in before us screaming as we were walking through Her Witched Way, which only worsened our fear of what was to come. As we exited our first haunt, a sigh of relief came over me. I survived.
My fiancé and I were only able to get through three of the five haunts that night. Each haunt had its own nightmare.
For families with monsters in training, do not fear, Silo of Screams has a Family Day, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m Oct. 20. The event will be family-friendly, keeping screams at a minimum, with actors passing out candy.
Silo of Screams is located at 1511 Industrial Blvd. in Temple. For tickets or more information, visit http://siloofscreams.com.