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Haunted house threatens thrills, chills

Penryn mansion open to public for Halloween adventure
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Any teen will tell you there’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get from a good, hair-raising scare. That’s exactly what’s being promised at a local haunted house this weekend. The old Kayo mansion, a 100-year-old Victorian home in Penryn, will be turned into a house of horrors from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31. The event is the senior project of Del Oro High School student Travis Denna and will benefit the school’s Peer Helper program. Peer Helpers are Del Oro students who meet with fellow students to offer support and a listening ear, when needed. Peer Helpers want to make the high school experience more enjoyable for their schoolmates. Travis said the haunted house features an autopsy room, jail, crematorium and execution room and promises lots of creepy surprises. “I remember going to a haunted house when I was a kid. It was fun,” Travis said. “My goal is to scare people. I don’t want them going away disappointed.” The grand Victorian is owned by Travis’ mentor, Patty Duncan, and her husband, David. Duncan said the house is reportedly haunted, although said she has no first-hand experience. Her son, Austin, a 2008 Del Oro graduate, said the house is “pretty creepy” at night. He said he hears lots of noises. “Supposedly, someone died here and it really is haunted,” Austin said. Travis and his Peer Helper friends have been working on the staging of the house since early October. They’ve gathered and created gruesome props that are sure to delight those seeking a safe scare. They promise chills and thrills that will touch on all of the senses. Del Oro senior Kelsey Seaman is a Peer Helper who will be working at the haunted house. “I want to scare people. I really hate being scared, but I love to scare people,” she said. Kevin Fultz, another Del Oro senior and Peer Helper, said his job at the haunted house will be to scare people, although he wouldn’t divulge just how he plans to do that. Duncan said horror movies will be played outdoors and baked goods and hot cider will be available for purchase. She said parents can preview the tour before bringing younger children in. She also encourages entrants to drive slowly and said the haunted house will close promptly at 10 p.m. each night. Directional signs will be posted.