Dublin, OH haunted house features unusual holiday display

Howdy folks.  I hope that your holiday plans are coming along nicely.  Typically, the holiday season is about as far away from Halloween and other spooky festivities as you can get.  However, if you happen to be in the Columbus, OH area and need a little fix of the macabre, I believe I may have scared something up for you.

The ScareATorium haunted attraction, in Dublin, Ohio features an unusual holiday themed window display lighted from 6-10 pm nightly through December 31, 2011.

Growing up in Worthington, Ohio; it was a holiday tradition for ScareAtorium Producer Kelly Collins to travel to downtown Columbus with his family to see the Christmas window displays at Lazarus.  They would spend hours looking at the windows and then drive around town to see the festive lights on local buildings.  It’s those memories that inspired Kelly to decorate the windows at the Scare-A-Torium; their Halloween haunted attraction in Dublin at the Dublin Village Center.

ScareATorium Actors spent two weekends decorating the Castle façade with garland and lights and creating several window displays.  Of course; since it is a haunted attraction, they needed to keep some of the attraction slightly on the macabre side.  “I guess the zombie and clown toy workshop teeters towards the Nightmare before Christmas theme” said Kelly Collins;  “and the Christmas trees are adorned with pumpkins, spiders and a few skulls” he added.  Additional window displays include a giant Sock Monkey in one window and holiday pigs in another.  Collins noticed dozens of people driving by were stopping to observe the decorators in action; with some walking up for a closer look and picture-taking.

The Scare-A-Torium is closed until next Halloween season, but the window displays will be up providing holiday cheer on a dark side of the shopping center through the end of the year.  So if you are driving around the Dublin/Sawmill road area at night, be sure to swing by the Dublin Village Center and spend a few moments enjoying the Halloween themed Christmas displays!

About the Scare-A-Torium:  Located southwest of I-270 and Sawmill Road (exit 20) in the Dublin Village Shopping Center at 6765 Dublin Center Drive, Dublin Ohio 43017.  The Scare-A-Torium is a 30,000 square foot haunted house open in October (Thursday through Sunday evenings) which hosts the Scare Store gift shop featuring Halloween makeup artistry provided by Funhouse Faces.  For more information, email Info@ScareATorium.com or please call 614-433-9343 or visitwww.ColumbusHauntedHouse.com.


‘Twas the week after Halloween…

The week following Halloween is typically very calm for me.  Usually I’m so worn out that I do little more than lie around, groaning about getting old.  My evenings are filled with doctoring up my legs, which are generally a mess of cuts and blisters from dancing in the stilts.

This year, I’ve been quite busy.  I’m facing a potential move and have roughly 30 days to decide whether I’m going to stay put in Ohio or run off to some other destination…no stress there.

Today, quite unexpectedly, I heard from one of my customers.  Apparently, my monster made enough of a splash that they would like to hire me for some Christmas related events.  Generally this would be very good news.  However, if I end up leaving Ohio, it will be a moot point.

Now, while I’m trying to decide where I want to live, I’m also mulling over possible holiday costumes which will lend themselves  to the stilts.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Toy Soldier/Nutcracker:  This was the first thing that came to mind.  The holiday connection is there and I believe it would lend itself nicely as a stilt costume.  I can picture a whole Babes in Toyland vibe off it.  Could be pretty cool.

Elf:  Probably the easiest to round-up parts for.  However, something about the thought of running around as a 9′ tall elf just makes me cringe.

Snowman:  This could work I suppose but it seems like it would be hard to pull off.  Also, the bottom of the costume would have to be so big (to keep the proportions right) that I think it would be rather cumbersome.  One of the best parts about the monster suit is that I’m totally mobile.  I’m thinking that a snowman get-up would be too clunky.

Beyond these, I’m drawing a blank.  If you have any ideas as to something that would be a good fit, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to see what you can come up with.

Of course, there is one other that crossed my mind but I suppose it’s just the monster in me coming out.