The Crawford School of Terror opens Friday, featuring Three Floors of Fright.
The haunted attraction in the former Crawford School at 125 N. Seventh St., Connellsville, is open 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 5
The first floor is themed “I Scream, You Scream;” second, floor “Classic Crawford;” and the basement “Dead End.”
Owner Suzie Flesik and husband, Troy, always want to make changes to the experience, she said.
This year, the attraction will unveil the Crawford Midway.
Visitors can have fun before or after their haunted adventures by exploring the axe-throwing trailer, two-minute escape room, gellyball and merchandise trailer.
“I wanted to bring people on to have fun and have fun Halloween music, just fun,” Flesik said. “I want people out there having a good old time and carrying on.”
Admission to the haunted attraction is $25. It costs $5 for five ax throws and the same for the escape room and gellyball. Haunt tickets are available at the attraction box office and online at www.crawford.school.
The new merchandise trailer features T-shirts, hoodies and other haunt-related items.
Flesik said this year’s haunt includes new and returning performers, each bringing something special to the attraction.
“We are ready for Friday,” said Flesik, expressing high hopes for the season. “I don’t think there is anything in the haunt this year that is exactly as it was last year.”
The attraction is in its seventh year, and for the first time won’t be open Halloween night.
Nov. 4 will be a lights-out event. Groups will receive glow sticks, but otherwise only safety lights will be on.
“It’s just a little scarier,” Flesik said.
Nov. 5 will be Over-18 Night. Featuring adult content, all performers will be older than 18 and customers will be carded to ensure proof of age.
“It’s just a different thing,” Flesik said. “Everything we have thought of so far is comical. Ours will probably be on the edge of probably sexually oriented adult comical things.”
While the experience will be R-rated, “there will be some scary things because we are a haunt,” she said.
The Crawford School site is home to several other Flesik businesses: ax throwing, escape rooms and Coffee at Crawford.
Coffee at Crawford will be open outside during haunts and will feature a pared-down menu and snack food.
The haunt has grown over seven years, drawing crowds from Connellsville and beyond.
The Flesiks are Halloween people and ideas for the haunt flow throughout the year, at times drawing ideas from other attractions.
She recalled a visit to a haunted experience, Dent School House in Cincinnati. A trip to that haunt inspired many ideas and a desire to achieve what the Ohio haunt has accomplished.
“That haunt is amazing. It’s so good,” Flesik said. “It was beautiful. There’s always something to aspire to be and Dent is that place.
“No matter how good we get, Dent will be the star that I am trying to reach.”
For information, go to www.crawford.school or the Crawford School of Terror Facebook page.