Fright Night just for adults

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    Horriss is attacked by arachnids, from above and below, as he tries to escape from Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton as part of its upcoming Fright Night event.

    BE afraid… be very afraid.

    Te Hikoi Museum is hosting its most terrifying event yet.

    For one night only, Fright Night, a combination of an escape room and haunted house experience, will be held throughout the museum.

    Manager Karyn Owen said the museum was “scary enough at night” with all the unusual and unexpected happenings.

    However, the terror level would be elevated on Friday, July 9, she said.

    A vivid story and live actors, together with some people’s worst nightmares coming to life, will ensure the adrenaline levels will be elevated to loud screaming or beyond.

    Adding another level to the experience, participants will need to solve one of the mysteries at the museum.

    “They will not be allowed to leave until it is complete,” Ms Owen said.

    People were encouraged to gather their workmates, friends and maybe some family members together for a night of bonding… if they all escape the event.

    “It could be a great winter team building exercise,” she said.

    “Maybe, workmates could get together, make an evening of it by going out for a meal at one of the local cafes or restaurants, then take on the challenge of Fright Night.”

    Ms Owen said she had wanted to up the level of interaction at the museum and do something with live actors.

    Add in the strange things which normally happened in the museum anyway, and the night would be another level of terror, actor Wayne Hill, of Riverton, said.

    Previously, flying orbs had been caught by cameras at the museum, and some visitors had said they had felt something following them.

    Add in external doors which blew open unexpectedly… and of course, the strange and unexplained noises… and the level of intensity kept rising.

    “It’s scary enough in the museum when locking up,” Ms Owen said.

    That did not include things which moved, with no explanation, they said.

    Recently many of the museum’s artefacts had been taken out of storage as a part of digital cataloguing, which Ms Owen said might explain why the museum had come even more alive.

    “Maybe things have been woken up.”

    Add in the history, especially the part of the museum which used to be the Riverton Courthouse (1883-1960s) and the former jailhouse nearby.

    Participants would be greeted at the door before entering the movie theatre where a montage of horror movies would be playing to get them in the mood.

    Then the adventure would begin, with the added bonus of a challenge which had to be completed before they were allowed to leave, Ms Owen said.

    Hyped, and ready, the group would make their way through the museum.

    As the story developed and the plot deepened, the adventurers would encounter live actors and other unmentionables.

    “Almost every common fear has been incorporated…. they may exit, they may not.”

    Tickets were $20 per person, or $15 per person for group bookings if booked before the end of June. Tickets could be bought at the museum, 172 Palmerston St, Riverton.

    The first session would be held at 5.30pm, then every half hour, with the seventh and final session at 8.30pm.

    There would be a limit of 20 people per session.

    The night of fright was also being extended to fundraising for community projects and groups, Ms Owen said.

    “If you have a community project you are fundraising for and would like to buy an entire session for 20 people, and share the income from ticket sales, please get in touch.”

    Due to the high level of terror, Ms Owen stressed the event was not suitable for children.

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