Actors, such as those featured in Port Townsend’s Haunt Town, prepare to scare this weekend and next. (Christy Spencer)

Actors, such as those featured in Port Townsend’s Haunt Town, prepare to scare this weekend and next. (Christy Spencer)

Halloween haunts open for frightful entertainment

A basement, fifth floor, World War II aircraft hangar and bordello offer a deluge of haunted sights and sounds to quiver the spine this weekend and next.

Three haunted houses on the North Olympic Peninsula — The Fifth Floor, Haunt Town and the Rain of Terror — are open this weekend. Port Townsend’s Haunted Bordello opens next weekend.

Those harrowing abodes ushering in the Halloween season include:

The Fifth Floor

PORT ANGELES — Back by popular demand, The Fifth Floor haunted house will return to Port Angeles after a yearlong hiatus.

“A lot of people missed it last year, but we’re back,” lodge secretary Sherrie Riggs said. “Hopefully bigger and better.”

Port Angeles’ Naval Elks Lodge, 131 E. First St., will present “Twisted Myths & Fairy Tales” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; Friday, Oct. 27; Saturday, Oct. 28; and Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for youths 12 and younger.

Profits benefit the Elks National Foundation, which supports community grants and scholarships.

Participants embark on the haunted house by way of elevator to the fifth floor of the lodge, where “twisted” mystical characters await the unsuspecting.

The haunted house does not allow participants or actors to touch — of course, that doesn’t restrict jumping out of shadowy corners.

Haunt Town

PORT TOWNSEND — Deep in the basement of Port Townsend’s Elks Lodge, each room progressively taunts the psyches of those who dare to enter.

If it becomes too much to bear, two “chicken” exits provide a means of escape.

The Jefferson County haunted house, Haunt Town, at 555 Otto St. costs $10 at the door. It opened Thursday and continues tonight and Saturday night from 7 to 10. It also runs from Thursday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 28.

For every middle school and high school student who attends Haunt Town, the Kiwanis Club of Port Townsend donates to Jefferson County schools’ associated student bodies. Students should inform the cashier which school they attend at the entrance.

Designed for adults and youths at least 13 years old, the haunted house might not be appropriate for young children, according to a press release. Haunt Towngoers might receive a “light touch” from an actor or prop while walking the route.

New this year to Haunt Town: Ken Webster of Sinful Audio produced an eerie soundtrack.

To volunteer, contact Steve and Christy Spencer at [email protected], [email protected], 360-774-0879 or 250-744-0882.

Rain of Terror

FORKS — This hangar-turned-haunted-house once prided itself on ridding its guests. Now, there’s no “sissy” door for escape.

Forks’ annual haunted house opened for a season of frights Oct. 13 at Quillayute Airport, 5144 Quillayute Road.

The Rain of Terror will open its hangar doors from 7 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday; Friday, Oct. 27; and Saturday, Oct. 28.

On Halloween day Tuesday, Oct. 31, it will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets at the door cost $10.

The haunted house includes more than 30 rooms, four flights of stairs and dozens of live actors/community volunteers.

Haunted Bordello

PORT TOWNSEND — Organizers consider it the “most inspired” of any haunted house in Port Townsend.

“There’s an eerie light shining from the old red Victorian on the hill,” the haunted house’s event listing reads. “Many years ago, on a dark October evening, something bad happened in Port Townsend’s finest pleasure palace.”

Open only to those 17 and older, Port Townsend’s Haunted Bordello returns to 313 Walker St. on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. by reservation.

Tickets of $15 must be purchased in advance at eventbrite.com. At tour time, attendees’ names will be read off at will-call. Groups of three to five guests will be admitted to the house at once.

The guided tour includes strobe lights, artificial smoke, steep stairs and graphic scenes.

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Reporter Sarah Sharp can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at [email protected].

Actors, such as those featured in Port Townsend’s Haunt Town, prepare to scare this weekend and next. (Christy Spencer)

Actors, such as those featured in Port Townsend’s Haunt Town, prepare to scare this weekend and next. (Christy Spencer)

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