Scarehouse

| October 26, 2006
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Ditch the kids at the not-so-haunted church trick-or-treat ice-cream social and head to Midtown's historic Annesdale-Snowden neighborhood for a hair-raisingly frightening tour through Nightshade Manor Haunted House.

Designed by haunted-house enthusiast Kevin Gaiman, the eerie warehouse boasts 3,500 square feet of film-quality sets with meticulous attention to detail. He's been working on the design since January.

Cobwebs, roaches, fake blood, and other nasties dominate every inch of space not occupied by an actor or a creepy mannequin. Antique photos of innocent-looking children become holograms of skeletons when viewed from a certain angle, and it's nearly impossible to tell the animatronics from the real actors ready to jump out and frighten their victims.

Tickets are $12 or $10 with a donation of two cans of food. The canned goods and 10 percent of the gross proceeds benefit the Memphis Food Bank.

Nightshade Manor Haunted House, 1301 Heistan Place.

Go to nightshademanor.com for more information.

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