The entrance to Spooky Timbers children's trail at Lost Hollows. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, September 28, 2012 7:33 PM
Screams could be heard for miles as the first visitors walked through The Lost Hollows, a new haunted attraction in Lake Charles.
The Lost Hollows were founded by local couple Cynthia and Larry Eagle. Cynthia said they are “excited to bring the first haunted attraction like this to Lake Charles.”
“I married my high school sweetheart, and we are both artists. We both always said it would be our dream job to work at Disney, and now this is our own Disney. Our daughters are grown up, and we thought that this would be the perfect time,” Cynthia said.
The Lost Hollows do not officially open until Oct. 5, but the Eagles opened the exhibit up for a preview reception Thursday evening.
“The reception has been awesome. Everyone that has come see said they are loving it,” Cynthia said. “That is encouraging to me.”
The Lost Hollows sit on 70 acres of land and feature two trails — the “Spooky Timbers” for children and the “Deadly Pines” for adults “who dare.”
“This is a family venue. We have a place where families can come and find something for everyone,” Cynthia said.
The “Spooky Timbers” is a toned-down haunted house featuring jack-o’-lanterns and smiling witches. The “Deadly Pines” is much larger and features a multitude of exhibits that range from a graveyard to a slaughterhouse.
“The part with the dolls — it was just the creepiest,” said Denise Caraway, who had never visited any type of haunted attraction before.
“We spent a lot of time on our sets. These are works of art,” Cynthia said.
The attention to detail was appreciated by guests.
“It was extremely creative. They used all of your senses as you went through the trail,” said Katy Rozas, one of the first people to go through the “Deadly Pines.”
“They closed you in sometimes then they would open up the space. They knew just how to scare you,” visitor Judy Reeves said.
In addition to the sets, the park also uses volunteer actors called “scarectors” to jump out and surprise visitors.
“They’ve done a great job. I hope Lake Charles comes out and supports it, even if it is scary,” Caraway said.
But according to Caraway, it was the way Reeves described the exhibit that fit the atmosphere perfectly.
“It was every little girl’s nightmare,” Reeves said. “I have to bring the kids.”
Tickets are available at Spirit Halloween on Derek Drive. The Lost Hollows will be open Friday and Saturday nights Oct. 5-27 and Sunday through Wednesday Oct.28-31. The gates open at 6 p.m.; the trails open at 7 p.m.