The Kingston Krypt is scheduled to open today at 7 p.m. as part of a larger celebration for Kingston’s downtown that is to include a cruise-in at 3 p.m.
The Krypt is a local effort and the brainchild of Kingston resident David Pilcher, who pitched the idea of a haunted house to Charles Pecchio almost a year ago, he said. It is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize not just Kingston’s downtown, but the city as a whole.
“We just tried to get something going in this town — trying to get something kids can enjoy,” Pilcher said.
Ric McCrory, one of the Krypt’s volunteers, said it was exciting to see residents become interested and want to get involved with the haunted house.
“I mean, to see a town that was just dead and gone actually start to come back to life [is great] and we’re killing it with a haunted house,” he said, laughing. “We’re bringing the live and dead to Kingston.”
Approximately 12 volunteers, who all went through an application process, worked to put the Krypt together in one of Pecchio’s buildings on Railroad Street, just a few doors down from his new Kingston Cafe and planned antique shop.
For Pecchio, the haunted house is one more way for his charity organization to give back to the community while providing a thrill.
“We really care about the community. We really care about Kingston. We wanted something first for the families to enjoy and so it’s not...it’s not dark. It’s not anything weird. It’s primarily things out of movies. Not so intense that people are going to be scared out of their wits, but scary enough to be fun,” he said.
The Kingston Krypt will be open Friday and Saturday nights throughout October, and on Halloween, from 7 to 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with all the proceeds going toward Pecchio’s Community Catalyst Corporation.
A second option for horror fans is Screamer’s Haunted House, which is held at the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 Fairgrounds on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Screamer’s has operated since 2009, and, although volunteers were unavailable to comment, it has a history of donating its proceeds to local charities every year. Admission is $10 per person. The haunted house is scheduled to open Oct. 19, and will be open every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 3 from 8 p.m. to midnight. It will also be open for Halloween. For more information, call 678-368-9051.