A devastating zombie attack has left Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village overrun and unrecognizable for the month of October.
From 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday area residents will have their last chance to experience Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village in a spooky, but fun for the family, way.
According to Terri Kindberg, executive director for Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village, the village has been overtaken by fog, zombies and other creatures of the night to be transformed into a "Town of Terror."
From 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday area residents will have their last chance to experience Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village in a spooky, but fun for the family, way.
"It looks like it's been trashed up here," said Kindberg. "There are tree limbs down, siding off from buildings, and it looks like the zombies have come in and overtaken the entire village. Groups are being taken through by the Center of Disease Control. One of the areas they will go through is a graveyard, and also many of our buildings. Then, they end with a haunted hayride."
In addition to the team that helped organize the event, and transform the town, there are also about 80 volunteers a night. Some volunteers are working in the haunted buildings, while others work food concession stands. There are also volunteers working on the haunted hayride, as well as those stumbling around as zombies.
Participants are advised to bring their appetites, said Kindberg. There will be a wide variety of food concession stands ranging from home-made cooked foods and baked goods to kettle corn, doughnuts, candied apples and donations from Bob Evans, Tim Hortons and McDonald's. Part of the proceeds will go back to programming at Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village.
"After taking your tour and hayride we have a tent for people to sit in to eat food," said Kindberg. "This was a fundraising idea for the village. We thought that we have such a unique place here that it would be the perfect area to make it seem like it was overtaken."
Tickets for the "Town of Terror" are $10 at the door. Or, pre-sale tickets can be purchased at the Children's Safety Village, Bob Evans of Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Warren, the Federal Credit Unions, and Curves at the Chautauqua Mall. High school students get $1 off admission if they bring a school I.D.
For those who would like to get involved, Kindberg is still accepting volunteers.
"We could always use more zombies." she said.
According to Kindberg, the "Town of Terror" is a family friendly event. But, she recommends bringing children over the age of 10 because it can get a little scary, she said.
In addition to the "Town of Terror" the village is also host to the third annual "Halloween Fun Fair" on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event is geared towards families with children 12 and under.
"Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat at all the buildings here," said Kindberg. "We'll also have the same food available from the 'Town of Terror,' as well as train rides, a hayride, face painting, a petting zoo, crafts with pumpkins and more. The village is all about children and providing a safe environment for them. So, we thought this would be the perfect place for them to trick-or-treat without having to worry about checking the candy or traffic."
General admission for the "Halloween Fun Fair" is $3, kids 3 to 12 for $2 and under 3 are free.
Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village is located at 2695 Rt. 394 in Ashville. For more information call 338-0171, visit ccsev.org or find "Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village" on Facebook.