Mill City Haunts coming to Pawtucket
By: Melissa Randall
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE)— Costumes are an important part of Halloween and at TEN31 productions they don’t mess around. That’s especially true as co–founders Joe Pari and Eric Auger get ready to take part in a haunting new festival.
“We want people to really walk in here, walk around and we want the hair to stand up on the back of their necks. We want them to walk around and be like, whoa! What was that?” said Auger, creative director for the Pawtucket based Production Company.
This week the REVEL factory space is morphing into an immersive haunted house which will be known as “Underland.” It’s a theatrical performance where audience members are let into a twisted version of Wonderland and encouraged to explore the world, interact with character, and see if they can figure out what’s going on.
“It’s kind of like a set that you walk into and rather than sort of watching it from a seat you’re actually on the stage,” explained Pari.
The show is part of the first ever “Mill City Haunts,” being put on by the city of Pawtucket, Slater Mill and TEN31. It will include a collection of 39 different events. Some will be family friendly while others will get your adrenaline pumping.
Lori Urso, Executive Director of the Old Slater Mill Association says they’ve been working on the plans for more than a year and she’s excited to see the vision come to life.
When visitors come through the buildings on the historic Slater Mill property, Urso says they can expect a real hot bed of ghostly activity.
“We’ve had for a number of years; more than a decade, regular paranormal investigations here, but at Halloween time we step that up a bit and take a little more intentional roll,” she said.
This month past and present will combine to make Pawtucket the perfect place for the spookiest Halloween attraction in the area.
“We never had a Halloween spectacle or event here before and we’re really trying to open up everyone’s eyes to the potential our down town has to offer,” said Auger.
Many of the events are free but some do require tickets.
Mill City Haunt runs from Thursday October 18th through Saturday October 27th.
You can search for @millcityhaunt on FaceBook.
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