Don’t be afraid to volunteer: Dark Haunted House seeks help on the harbor

Haunted House

The building that was once Ralph and Kacoo’s, Captain Kidd’s and Electric Cowboy will become the Halloween home of The Dark Haunted House, put on by the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013 at 05:14 PM.

Organizers at the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge are looking for volunteers for a haunted house on the harbor.

Deborah Edwards, treasurer for Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, said there is usually no shortage of volunteers once The Dark Haunted House opens, but there is an immediate need for the construction and design effort. Volunteers will build the haunted house inside the former Electric Cowboy at 314 Harbor Blvd. over the next two weekends, Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 28-29.

"What we really need is help with the construction. We don't just pin stuff on the walls. We actually build out whole rooms. Whether it is a kitchen or a bathroom, whatever the theme of the room is, it is totally built out in a lot of detail," Edwards told The Log. "There is a lot of construction, a lot of painting, cleaning, organizing, running electrical, help organizing the costumes, help running the lighting. There is a lot of work."

Volunteers are needed for construction, prop design/building, painting, cleaning, costumes, makeup and security. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

There are also opportunities for a food vendor outside the haunted house, as well as sponsorships for individual rooms inside.

The Dark Haunted House is Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge's biggest annual fundraiser. For the last five years it has been based at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. This year the refuge, which used to be headquartered in Destin on Mountain Drive, is returning to its roots and haunting the harbor. All proceeds go directly to the general operating budget of the non-profit organization, which provides wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release services on the Emerald Coast and beyond.

The record take for the yearly event is $47,000.

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