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Are you ready for this, fright fans?


The Mirror

Not everyone is scared by the same things, so Rob Buchta isn’t guaranteeing any fear factors for visitors to the Greater Federal Way Kiwanis Club’s Haunted House.

“But,” he promised, “they’ll have fun.”

The attraction, a fund-raiser for community programs, opens this Friday and runs through Halloween (Oct. 31) at The Commons at Federal Way. For the $7 price of admission ($6 with a coupon available from Bartell Drugs, one of the commercial sponsors), visitors will encounter about 4,000 square feet of spookiness. Thirteen sets, featuring 35 amateur actors as various characters, will depict mortuaries, monsters and a used coffin salesman, among other bumps in the night.

Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 10 p.m. the other days. Attendance is expected to be in the hundreds each night, according to Buchta.

For young children and anyone else with delicate systems, the first hour each night is the time to go. “The scenes won’t be as intense,” Buchta said. The rest of the time, the boo crew will do its best to give the chills and thrills that fright fans presumably want.

“We have some people in our group who are pro-gore. I personally like monsters without the gore. Either way, most people don’t attend something like this with the idea they’re not going to get scared,” Buchta noted.

Buchta is part of Scare Productions, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that has organized fund-raising haunted houses since 1987. This is its first year with the Greater Federal Way Kiwanis Club, which will divide proceeds four ways –– the club’s student scholarship program, Federal Way Senior Center, the Birth to Three program for special-needs children, and Multi-Service Center, the Federal Way-based social services agency.

The Commons (formerly SeaTac Mall) is donating an empty store space near Sears for the Haunted House, said Walt Woodward, a Kiwanis member.

“The mall people have been great to work with,” he said.

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565,

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