Local business’ Haunted Barn offers scares for the Halloween season


By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:50 am on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Many of the Haunted Barn’s scarier offerings are animatronic in nature; others feature live actors. Sometimes it’s hard to tell “which is witch.” — Daily News/Mike Taylor

GREENVILLE — President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Then again, Roosevelt never spent an evening at Tim and Tammy Hollinshead’s Haunted Barn. At the barn, there’s plenty to fear.

For the past seven Octobers, the Hollinsheads have transformed the barn behind their S. Greenville Road business, The Topper Shop, into a grand palace of horrors guaranteed to elicit screams from even the most stalwart spook house aficionado.

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By the time most visitors to the Haunted Barn reach this point in the maze, it’s too late to follow the advice. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

According to Tammy Hollinshead, business has been steady each weekend since the barn opened its doors Oct. 4. Hours this weekend include 8 to 10:30 p..m Thursday, Halloween night, as well as 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We’ve been getting about 300 people through every weekend,” Hollinshead said. “We get about 100 on Friday and 200 every Saturday.”

Though some offerings at the barn remain the same from year to year, Hollinshead said three or four rooms are new each season.

“I get a lot of ideas for this stuff,” Hollinshead said. “I come up with stuff all the time.”

Just one of the many friendly faces anxious to help you on your way (to the afterlife) at The Haunted Barn. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Some of those ideas are pretty gruesome, even by haunted house standards. However, the Haunted Barn does offer “kid friendly” hours before the sun sets. Those with children, or even adult ‘fraidy cats, may request a “good witch” to escort them through the barn. For the bold, a “bad witch” is on hand, but after dark, all bets are off.

“It takes about 20 volunteers to pull this off,” Hollinshead said.

This year’s Haunted Barn is a terrifying mix of traditional, gothic horror blended with modern frights, such as a laser hallway and “3-D Fairy Room,” which is scarier than it sounds.

The Haunted Barn is located six miles north of Greenville near the intersection of M-91 and Turk Lake Road. Admission is $12 per person. For more information, call (616) 754-2877 or visit thetoppershop.com online.

 

The Haunted Barn, behind The Topper Shop on M-91 in Greenville, is creepy during the day, but things really get scary once the sun goes down. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

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