Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park in Destin will host its first haunted experience, Halloween Horror. It will feature three scare zones, two haunted attractions, a food truck and mini golf.

DESTIN — Forget, “Fun done right.”

Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park now operates under the slogan, “Fright done right” — at least during weekends in October. The Destin water park has drained its pools and gone dark for its first haunted experience, Halloween Horror.

Paul Gould, aka the G(h)oul master, said it’s his first year as general manager, but his 18th time creating a haunted scream park.

“When I came here last year, it was the first October I’d been off in many, many years, and — what did I do — I went looking for Halloween events,” Gould said. “I had to go too far away. It cemented in my mind that this was the perfect opportunity for this community to create something at this level for them to enjoy at this time.”

Halloween Horror will feature three scares zones — Headless Hollow, Voodoo on the Bayou and Pirate Point; two haunted attractions, Prison Outbreak and Carn-Evil; the Cyclone and Skycoaster operating in the dark; and Club Blood, a food truck offering spooky food and drink items, such as BBQ Zombie Brains (pulled pork sandwich), Bloody Mummy Fingers (funnel sticks dusted with powdered sugar and strawberry glaze) and Spooky Nachos. It will also have adult beverages served in syringes and IV blood bags.

Halloween is Gould’s favorite holiday — and with good reason.

The opening night of Halloween Horror on Oct. 4 is his birthday. As a child, this called for a month-long celebration.

“My parents loved Halloween,” Gould said. “My mother was always the person who brought out the pumpkins and the hay bales. Since I’m a child of the ‘70s, I never had the plastic mask with the rubber band that every other kid had. Every year, my mother would make a brand new costume and sew it by hand. I wish I still had some of those.”

Gould carried on the tradition with his wife, Deborah. Their son Taylor’s first job was at a haunted attraction called Demon District, and their younger son, Hunter, will play a zombie inmate at Halloween Horror.

“My wife was painting blood onto stuffed animals yesterday for our Carn-Evil,” Gould said. “It’s definitely a family affair.”

The 32 scare actors who will frighten visitors throughout the park will don terror-inciting faces created by Brooklyn Anderson, a makeup artist formerly from Atlanta. They went through a rigorous audition, Gould said.

“We actually had them do things like screaming their favorite movie title,” Gould said. “We brought them in, in groups of three to five, and one person would take turns scaring the other four. We called it switch and scare.”

Many are staff members, such as human resources manager Samantha McCabe, who will play a voodoo priestess. Lifeguard Abbey Young will take on a new role as a clown in Carn-Evil.

“I do a pretty cool trick,” Young said. “I’m not going to disclose that, but they were like, ‘We could use you in the clown house’ … I think it’s going to scare people. It definitely does not look like a water park anymore.”

With the help of other staff, maintenance supervisor Tony Zack transformed the large space. He built many of the elaborate, spooky props, such as a cemetery arch, ticket booth and hand-painted signs.

Marketing manager Stefani Rash said it’s been cool to see the crew reveal and combine their talents.

“Whenever we were getting the props in, they would open up a new box, and they were like little kids, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is so cool. Look at this. Look at that,’” Rash said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”