Legends of Oblivion
The Lee Civic Center is offering creepy thrills this Halloween.
The Legends of Oblivion Haunted House has been making thousands of people scream over the past week, and will continue to do so until Halloween night.
Legends of Oblivion is one of the largest and meticulous haunted houses in the area, with 17,000 square feet of attractions, more than 40 monsters and about 15 make-up artists and other volunteers who work throughout the day to make sure everything is up to par in the Tinsley Pavilion, which has been transformed from a bunch of swine cages to a fright night wonder.
The event also serves as the first chapter of a larger story that people will get to experience in coming years. Chapter 1 is titled “Curse of the Swamp Witch.”
The Civic Center, which used to hold a haunted house years ago in the main building, brought it back this year under the guidance of Wayne Anderson, who was raised in Fort Myers and is now based in Los Angeles, where he works as a special effects artists.
Working with design and art students from FGCU, Anderson, whose credits include “Ghost-busters” and “The Predator,” brings his expertise in creature creation for this terrifying haunted house experience.
“I’ve gotten a lot of help from friends and family who helped me with this. I designed everything but this has been a couple years in the making, and this year it worked out for me,” Anderson said.
Work started in July with the special effects and make-up and everything designed beforehand. Building started Oct. 7 for the opening 12 days later. After ironing out the wrinkles, the haunted house is running like a well-oiled machine.
The make-up is foam latex and silicone, and Anderson wanted to make things easy to put on and take off. With up to 40 cast members, time is of the essence.
But all the work has been worth it, as the haunted house has gotten great reviews.
“I’m big into horror movies and Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I loved how everything was put out,” said Peyton Blackstone of Naples, who came in horror garb.
“It was great. They were good with light and good scares,” said Sam Johnson, Peyton’s friend. “We’ve been to a lot of haunted houses and this was the best.”
Sam Perry of Cape Coral went with her family and said she had a lot of fun, with a few screams thrown in.
“This will definitely scare anyone who goes in. We try to go to anything scary,” Sam said.
There is also Mr. Pumpkinhead’s Pumpkin Patch, which is more for the kids and includes a bounce house, games, face painting and a hay maze.
The Curses & Legends Escape Room Experience has live actors and gives you five minutes to solve the riddle that will allow you to escape to freedom or be forced to remain there, never to be seen or heard from again (Ok, maybe not).
Tickets for the haunted house is $25 for general admission and $50 for a fast pass. The Pumpkin Patch is $2 per person with children under 12 free, and the escape room is $6. Hours of the haunted house are from 7 to 11 p.m., but you may want to get there early to avoid the line.
The Lee Civic Center is at 11831 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers.
For information, go to www.legendsofoblivion.com.