WILLIAMSBURG, Ohio — Steve Korb sounded like a kid on Christmas Eve as he described Terror Town days before its grand opening.
“These haunts have always been my real love,” Korb said. “Halloween always just had an impact on me.”
Terror Town, the region's newest Halloween-themed attraction, will kick off its inaugural season at 7 p.m. Friday at the Old West Festival fairgrounds, located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road.
For the past month, Korb, a local special effects artist, has helped All Hallow's Eve LLC., the Old West Festival's new owners, transform the 1800s-era replica of a frontier town into a living hellscape.
“It’s almost like a renaissance fair of horror,” Korb said of Terror Town. "There are things for people to do. There is an area where they will be showing horror movies. People will be able to purchase food and drinks.”
Guests also can play games, watch “live” performances and interact with actors dressed as ghouls and ghosts while waiting for their turn to walk through Terror Town’s haunted trail.
“You’re able to go through the town while waiting for your page,” Korb said.
Korb said the Old West Festival's new owners let the existing Western-themed buildings they purchased along with the fairground's 65 acres of land shape Terror Town’s brand of horror.
“They want to keep it how it was in the 1800s,” he said. “They are really trying to be their own entity.”
With that in mind, visitors shouldn’t expect to spot Jason or Freddy roaming Terror Town's Wild West streets.
“I could tell the guys put a lot of thought into this,” Korb said of All Hallow's Eve’s owners.
Terror Town will be open to the public 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m.-midnight Sundays through Nov. 3. General admission is $25. To purchase tickets and learn more about Terror Town visit www.allhallowsevellc.com.