by Lorie Lewis Ham
As we continue to cover fun things to do this Halloween, the latest one is The Haunted Yard, put on by the City of Fresno’s P.A.R.C.S., and a Production of The Ted C. Wills Community Theater, a free drama program for youth ages 8–17. We chatted with Wendi Danyluk, a Recreation Specialist with the city, and she runs the Rec. and Drama program at TCW’s.
KRL: What is the Haunted Yard?
Wendi: The Haunted Yard is an event we used to hold at another center. We were asked by our supervisor to bring the event back and do it at TCW’s. I jumped at the chance as it was my favorite event.
KRL: What types of events and things will there be?
Wendi: We will be doing Haunted Yard Tours through the front gates. The first stop will be Parkam Asylum home to some of the craziest of crazies. The Cackling Cauldron, a witches potion store, with witches cooking up new potions as you watch. The Psycho Circus full of “cute” little clowns. Walker Alley, full of the walking dead, Grimm Gardens where all the bodies are buried, and The Pirate Cave of Treasure Maze. A few other surprises and scares. We will also have the Chicken Coop with some games and things for the faint of heart.
KRL: What ages is this for?
Wendi: All ages welcome BUT may be scary for little ones and Chickens.
KRL: Is this the first time that you have had this event?
Wendi: In the last ten years, yes.
KRL: How did the idea for this event come about?
Wendi: Some ideas from the past and new stuff from my crazy brain.
KRL: Of all of the many Halloween related things happening in October, why should people choose your event?
Wendi: You should come to our event because it supports our youth programs, and $2 a pop is major cheap. Also the kids have been working on this for months.
KRL: Where will the event take place? Dates and times?
The Ted C. Wills Community Center
770 N. San Pablo 93728
Thursday- Saturday October 26, 27, and 28
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
KRL: How do they purchase tickets?
Wendi: It is $2 at the gate.
KRL: Are you still looking for performers for this event? If so, what do those interested need to do?
Wendi: Yes, we still need volunteers of all ages. We need small clowns, crazies, witches, pirates, walkers (zombies), tour guides, and floaters. We also need any donations of costumes: hospital gowns, clown costumes, and any other cool stuff you don’t need anymore.
KRL: Anything else you would like to add?
Wendi: For more info call me at 621-6723 or wendi.danyluk@fresno[dot]gov
Come see us have fun and get scared!
Check out more Halloween related fun in other articles this month in our Arts & Entertainment section, and our Halloween events page. If you enjoy Halloween stories, check out our Terrific Tales section!