TOWN OF TONAWANDA —
"It's bigger than last year. They're growing, their sets are getting better, their actors are getting better," Hinaman said. "We're giving the actors all kinds of training lessons, teaching them how to scare. You just can't jump in front of people; then everyone will just back up and you'll only scare the guy in front. There's little tricks, little techniques. ...
"We're teaching them how to scream. They'll all lose their voice the first night if they're not careful. Screaming's not always scary, sometimes it's just a little look."
Terror Technologies (whose motto is "We Play Dead So Others May Live") is also assisting with a food drive for the Food Bank of WNY, for which Hinaman's haunt collected 1,914 pounds of food last year. Participants will also have a chance to buy raffle tickets for prizes including Buffalo Bills tickets, gift certificates and more, with that money going to the Food Bank.
Chris said that a recent tour of the food bank site made him realize how much more a monetary donation can do. Part of the District of the Dead proceeds will also benefit Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
"We're really hoping to raise a ton of money for those guys," he said.
IF YOU GO • WHAT: District of the Dead and Lake Effect haunted houses • WHEN: The attraction runs various hours through Halloween. • WHERE: Sheridan Plaza, corner of Sheridan and Eggert in the Town of Tonawanda • COST: Tickets are $13. • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit districtofthe deadbuffalo.com INSIDE See page 2C for more photos from District of the Dead.