Oklahoma haunted house welcomes blind with creepy sounds and chainsaw

Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:36pm EDT
 
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By Heide Brandes

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Being chased through a haunted house by a chainsaw-wielding attacker is terrifying enough for most people, but for a group of blind and visually impaired teens and adults, the feigned mauling brought another level of fear.

For members of NewView Oklahoma, a nonprofit group that helps the visually impaired and blind, Halloween took on a new twist as they were invited to tour an elaborate haunted house in Oklahoma City.

"It was the scariest thing ever," Dalton Wright, 13 and visually impaired, said of his first haunted house experience.

"The chainsaw guy was the worst. I want to go back, though. I loved it."

The Bricktown Haunted House is located in the city's historic Bricktown warehouse district, now converted into an entertainment and restaurant hub. It has been organized around Halloween for nearly 30 years and helped establish the renovated district of the city as an entertainment center.

The blind and visually impaired adults and youth were invited to tour the haunted house a week before Halloween. For most, it was their first visit to a haunted house.

Many said the creepy feeling of doom and the jarring sounds from all angles were the most frightening and thrilling part of the experience.

"The blind and vision-impaired do everything that sighted people do every day. They have the same cares and wants, and they want to be entertained same as everyone else," said NewView Oklahoma Program Director Tamera Babbit.   Continued...

 
Ted Corcoran (R) of Oklahoma City stands outside the Bricktown Haunted Warehouse with "chainsaw guy" actor Marcus "Panda" Bagwell (L) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Heide Brandes