Volunteers keep Spider Hill spooky

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Callie Heneger, leader of volunteers for Massacre Mansion, instructs those participating on proper rules and ethics of a good scare.

The month-long scare that Spider Hill provides is aided by those who want to add to the fright.

Volunteers line up before the sun goes down for proper dressing and make up to transform into the creatures of the night. From zombies to witches, those who join in on the terror make sure to give attendees a night of spooks.

“I love it here,” said volunteer Dan Myers. “What’s Spider Hill if you don’t scare a couple kids?”

Callie Heneger, leader for volunteers in the Massacre Mansion, said they get 50-70 volunteers on the weekend for the whole park.

“It’s fun. I love scaring people,” said Heneger. “It’s a great opportunity to act like a kid and to bring out people’s worst nightmares.”

Heneger is in her 12th year as a volunteer.

Before each night’s festivities begin, Heneger addresses the Massacre Mansion volunteers for proper scare tactics and safety precautions.

“We go over what’s a proper scare and who to go after. The person in the middle is who you want to get,” Heneger said.

“Stay in character at all times. People pay good money for this and remember, an empty scare is no scare,” said Heneger addressing the crowd.

Volunteers range from roamers, who walk the park to ensure the others are doing a proper job of scaring and to do a bit of their own, those assigned to rooms in Massacre Mansion and the Zombie Invasion paintball ride.

Safety is another major concern for all who attend Spider Hill.

“Safety is paramount,” Fire Marshall David Price said. “You have to give it to Callie and Chris (Cassidy).”

The newest attraction is the Zombie Invasion paintball ride which took the place of the previous riding trail.

For $15 people had the opportunity to ride through the woods on a “war wagon” with mounted paintball guns.

Throughout the course, people have the opportunity to shoot at several targets, moving animatronics, including a dinosaur and zombies at different scenes.

Joe Nauman, owner of Chilli Paintball Pits, helped with the construction and organization of Zombie Invasion.

“We’re getting the kinks out as we go but everything is going great,” said Nauman. “Some guys are eating it up.”

The paintball guns are loaded with glow-in-the-dark balls and wagons are fixed with ultra-violet lights so visitors can see what is being hit in the dark of night.