A severed hand sat next to a dirty sink.
A glowing skeleton lay splayed out on a drum of hazardous materials.
A contorted corpse hung pretzel-like from the ceiling.
The Project 13 haunted house wasn’t fully set up yet last week, but it already held plenty of scares.
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And many more are to come.
The mad-scientist themed haunt is one of three at the Benton County Fairgrounds this year aimed at terrifying crowds leading up to and on Halloween.
The “Scaregrounds” attraction opens Oct. 2, with brave and willing souls invited to test their mettle on Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween weekend.
Along with Project 13, the attraction also includes Terror Behind the Screen — which takes inspiration from the horror film Insidious — and a Freakshow 3-D.
The latter “takes your fear of clowns, puts it in 3-D and shoots it with adrenaline,” said Al Holman of Townsquare Media, which is producing the event with It’s Alive Productions.
The Scaregrounds attraction is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and Oct. 30. It stays open until midnight Oct. 31 and runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 28-29.
It’s rated PG-13, with gory props, effects and actors bringing real-life scares.
Younger kids should check out the toned-down Kids Day matinee instead of taking their chances going through during the regular sessions, Holman said. The matinee is from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 24.
Townsquare Media and It’s Alive Productions staged separate haunted houses in years past. But this year, “we wanted an opportunity to offer an even bigger event,” Holman said.
“If you’re a haunted house person and you live anywhere around here, this is the place to be this year,” he said.
Cost is $15 to check out one of the haunted houses or $30 for all three. VIP tickets are available. Kids Day tickets are $5 for kids and $7 for adults.
The fairgrounds are at 1500 S. Oak St., Kennewick.
For more information on the attraction, go to www.terrorbehindthescreen.com.
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