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Penfield to be haunted Halloween weekend

Movies added to ghostly experience

The Penfield Museum and Retro Film Studios will present the third annual “The Penfield Haunted Homestead” Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

The Penfield Museum and Retro Film Studios will present the third annual “The Penfield Haunted Homestead” Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

— The Penfield Museum will not be a place for the faint-of-heart Halloween weekend.

The museum and Retro Film Studios will present the third annual “The Penfield Haunted Homestead” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26, 27 and 28.

Jim Cawley, a Ticonderoga resident, will be joined by members of his film studio and volunteers for the event. They promise a “Hollywood-style” night of frightening fun.

The “haunted homestead” will begin at dusk and continue until 11 p.m. each night. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

People will meet at the bonfire on the museum grounds and leave in groups to tour the Penfield house, barns and grounds.

“It’s all new every year,,” Cawley said. “We’ve re-done every room in the house and amped up the special effects.”

Cawley estimated more than 400 people attended last year’s “haunted homestead.”

“It’s getting to be a big deal,” he said. “Last year we doubled attendance from the year before and we’re optimistic that we can draw even more people this year. It’s become a major event for Penfield.”

New this year, horror movies will be shown to people while they waiting their turn to start the tour.

“There will be a bonfire, cider, donuts and movies while people wait,” Cawley said. “It’ll add a little something extra to the experience.”

Cawley said the ‘haunted homestead” will feature Hollywood-class effects, props and movie villains such as Freddy Krueger, Jason and Michael Myers.

“Zombies, ghouls and vampires will abound,” he said. “It is not for the faint-of-heart.”

Cawley Entertainment Company and Retro Film Studios has years of production experience, having made several Star Trek movies and a Buck Rogers feature for distribution on the internet.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Penfield Museum.

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