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Morbid Mountain-Not for Scaredy Cats!

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - October 10, 2012


The Legend of Morbid Mountain returns to scare Lakes Regioners this fall and will be marking the fifth anniversary for the popular event. Last year, as in every year that the scary fun has come to Gunstock, the horrors were so real, the fright so vivid and the crowds so pleased, that the spooks and ghouls will be back this year.

Morbid Mountain, which finds the resort transformed into a scene right out of a scary movie, welcomes visitors of all ages to check out the carnival-like atmosphere at Gunstock on Rt. 11A in Gilford. Lest one think is a sedate way to spend an evening, think again! Morbid Mountain will bring spooks, tales of fright and some great new attractions to the event this year.

Says Bill Quigley, Gunstock’s director of marketing and sales, “We like to say this event replaces date night for people looking for something fun to do. It’s for those who are young at heart, and for those who love Halloween.”

Certainly if any place in the area has more than ample room for a Halloween happening, it’s Gunstock. With a huge parking lot, acres of mountains and a very big lodge, the resort is perfect for a large event.

Starting on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7pm, Gunstock will be transformed into a scary place when Morbid Mountain begins. The Morbid Mountain Halloween Screamfest will be open every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10:30pm through October 28 (and on Monday, Oct. 7 from 7 to 10:30pm). There also will be a Morbid Mountain 5K race on Oct. 7 with registration at 8am and the race starting at 10am.

Morbid Mountain will feature haunts sure to please all adults and older children who love Halloween. Based on the theme The Legend of Morbid Mountain, the story goes that many are unaware of the ghoulish secrets and history of the grounds and buildings of Gunstock Mountain Resort.

Guests should be aware these are high startle events, which many people love at Halloween. However, parents should be cautioned that there are live actors and strobe lights and the event may not be suitable for smaller children.

“The event is also something great for sports teams; we see high school sports teams from all over the area attending,” adds Bill. “It’s a great way for a sports team to let off steam and do something fun together.”

New this year to Morbid Mountain, guests can enter the Execush Inn, where a couple traveling on their honeymoon with the destination of staying at a classic grand hotel find themselves caught in a storm. They are forced to take shelter at a nearby inn called the EXEcush Inn, where the elderly innkeeper puts them up in the Honeymoon Suite. After spotting a woman in a white nightgown laying face down in the Inn’s swimming pool and seeing a new and frightening side to her husband, Cindy realizes that staying at this lodging establishment was definitely a bad decision. The frights only increase at the EXEcush Inn! Guests will be deliciously frightened when entering this terrible Inn!

“We’ve designed the inn as a 1950s drive-up motel with a lobby; this inn is sure to make people think twice before booking into a hotel or motel in the future,” Bill laughs.

Also featured is the Forest of Fear, where unexplained things happen in the woods at night and guests will be in on all the mysterious, fearful things in the forest! Says Bill, “We’ve completely redone the Forest with a new set up. There will be new mazes and haunts and scares!”

The Blackout area brings its own reasons to be frightened. It is a completely dark area and guests are given just a small light stick. This area is full of deliciously scary frights!

Those who want to compete in a fun race during Halloween season can do so at Gunstock. On Sunday, Oct. 7, the Morbid Mountain 5K Run and Walk will see runners making their way through the fun course starting in the base area of Morbid Mountain (Gunstock Mountain Resort).

The combination of road and trail makes the course scenic and fun. Racers will also get the thrill of being chased by scary characters during the daylight! The race benefits the Lakes Region Disabled Sports Group.

Walkers and Runners have two choices for registration: for $28 you will enjoy the race and entry to Morbid Mountain Halloween Screamfest (online only). For the timid…the race only registration is $18 ($23 on race day). The first 100 registered runners will receive a terrifying t-shirt! Fiddlehead Farms will provide what was called the “Best Post Race Food ever” at last year’s race.

Morbid Mountain visitors can tour all three haunts for $15.00 per person. For those who don’t want to wait in line, they can opt to skip to the front of the line with the R.I.P. pass for $25.00 per person. An Unlimited RIP Pass for $40 per person allows guests to skip to the front of each line for unlimited visits to Morbid Mountain. Have a group or want to get your company together? There is group pricing available for 15 or more people. Call Gunstock for reservations and special rates.

“Weather permitting, we may have some fun old black-and-white horror movies on the big screen outside to add to the fun. Those who want to attend can call to see if we will be running movies when they plan to attend. I would also like to add that we have a great, creative group of people who design and oversee Morbid Mountain. We have 60-plus actors and Gunstock staff that do a great job with the event,” concludes Bill.

Check for details or call 293-4341. 

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