The curtain is about to rise on what should be one of the scariest and most fun attractions for those who love Halloween.
Haunted Nightmare at the Nile is scheduled to open its month-long run on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Nile Shrine Golf Center in Mountlake Terrace. The event is being billed as Seattle’s Only Haunted Golf Course with proceeds benefiting the Nile Shriners.
This is the second year that Jody Bossert has produced the Nile attraction, though he previously worked on other Halloween events in the area.
What can people expect? Just about everything.
Without giving away too many secrets, Haunted Nightmare at the Nile will feature pirates, zombies, ghosts, demented doctors, snakes, swamps, secret passageways, projection effects, 3-D effects, lasers, fog, illusions and lots of surprises. Expect to see different set designs for each scene.
Planning of the attraction started last year and the all-volunteer group of crew and cast likely will be working right up until the kickoff on Friday.
“We work on this year round,” said Bossert, who is in the process of becoming an official member of the Shriners. “We officially start building in September.”
People can expect to be entertained by a cast of about 40 actors each night. The production requires up to 60 people a night to put on. Overall about 160 people volunteer at one time or another. Members of the Pirates of Treasure Island organization are joining in on the fun.
Artwork by local artist Dutch Bihary of Contours FX and Game Show Network’s Skin Wars are part of one set.
The Shriners will be staffing the box office and providing security. In addition for the first time, there will be a Food and Fear garden featuring beer and food. Haunted Nightmare merchandise also will be available.
“It’s a ton (of work), but it’s a passion,” Bossert said.
Most of the cast and crew refer to themselves as “haunters” or people who “take Halloween to another level,” Bossert said. “Decorating yards is not enough.”
People should head up to the Nile lodge to park their cars. They will purchase tickets (general admission is $15, VIP admission is $20/faster line, all-night Fright pass is $30/unlimited and fastest line). People then will take a shuttle down to the attraction. Hours are 7-11 p.m.
Haunted Nightmare at the Nile will feature both indoor and outdoor scenes, so people should dress accordingly. The attraction is suitable for kids 12-and-older. The attraction is open Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31. Hours are 7-11 p.m.
Those with younger children should consider attending what are described as family friendly nights without actors on Sundays (Oct. 12, 19 and 26). Children can enjoy a much tamer haunted house experience and trick-or-treat their way through toned-down attractions from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and parents can return with their wristband to a full-scare show and save $10.
On Nov. 1, Haunted Nightmare opens for “Fright Light Night.” The haunted grounds become pitch black and people will be forced to rely on either a finger flashlight or their own cunning to make their way through the darkness.
Bossert often is asked how long it takes people to go through the attraction.
“It depends on how fast you can run,” he said.
Haunted Nightmare on the Nile is located adjacent to I-5, off exit 177 at the Nile Shrine Golf Center, 6601 244th St. SW in Mountlake Terrace.
For more information or to purchase advance tickets see: www.hauntednightmare.com.
– By David Pan