Thursday, November 13, 2008

Planning for the Future...

We had our first visioning meeting for 2009 and it was great! We have some wonderful surprises in store for you next year. We are moving forward with the concept of Funny event in the afternoon and a Frightful event at night. So keep tuned and check back after Christmas along with the changes of format and hours we are adding more events in the space. We are also looking how to stream line the lines to reduce wait time.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

RIP 2008 Haunted House

Well we had hoped to grow from our success from last year and I am happy to report we certainly did. Though the weather was against us Saturday it held out long enough for this, the last year of the Bedford School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to be a wonderful and dry time for all. Friday was a little slow that was good allowing for us to get use to the flow. Saturday was a great, though the lines did get a bit longer then we would have liked.

Next year we are witching gears and our theme will be classic movie monsters. So keep posted for 2009's The Monster Bash. A classic movie monsters based walk through upstairs with Games food and other surprises on the first floor.

Here are some photos of the Bedford School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's Open House.

You can find more photo's here
Carlton Soohoo, Professional Photographer took some wonderful photos of the event.

Look for an update on 2009 in the coming weeks.
Thank you to all that visited us this year!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Welcome to First Parish 2008 Haunted House

Welcome to the Bedford School of Witchcraft & Wizardry’s Open House

Friday Oct 24th and Saturday Oct 25th 6:00PM to 9:00PM.
75 the Great Road Bedford MA

The First Parish Haunted House was such a ‘howling’ success in 2007, that this year’s event will span 2 evenings and be bigger and more spooktacular than ever! We are adding tents to the entrance so if the weather doesn't cooperate we can keep you dry during your short wait. The Wizardry theme will continue, but with all new rooms and activities:

Second Floor: The Bedford School will loan you a special magic wand, because you will be attending class at our school. Meet the Headmaster, learn to cast spells, peer into your future in divination class, and brew up some noxious potions, but, be sure to watch out for wizards who is up to no good! After classes dismiss, find your way through the Page Castle Maze, then travel down the narrow streets of what we call Job Lane to investigate the spooky interactive shops.

First Floor: The first stop downstairs is the Great Hall. Rest up a moment while watching a 10-minute concert of the return of the Great-Fully Dead. (video projection). After the concert, stop in to the Cracked Cauldron for some refreshments. NEW this year is the Three Brooms gaming area. Buy tickets and try your hand at games of skill and chance with some great prizes available.

Lower Level: In the Games area, exit outside, tiptoe through the spooky Deadford Cemetery and pass into to the Deadford Dungeons – if you dare! The Dungeons are a scary walk-thru’ and not appropriate for younger or easily frightened children.

Entry Tickets:
$6.00 Adults
$5.00 Children age 3 - 14*
$4.00 Seniors

Your ticket includes admission for one tour through the event, one game ticket (extra game tickets: $1 each) and one ticket to the Deadford Dungeons (can be used for additional game, if not used for Dungeon). Re-Entry tickets to the Bedford School tour OR the Deadford Dungeon’s tour are $1 each. * Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Game Tickets
Tickets for the Three broom Gaming area are available at the information desk outside the Gaming area. Ticket prices are:
1 ticket 1.00
5 tickets 5.00
10 tickets for 9.00
15 tickets for 12.00

This event is handicapped accessible.
All proceeds from the Cracked Cauldron go in support of the First Parish Youth Group’s project to supply books to elementary students at the C.W. Morey School in Lowell.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More pictures for you...

Headmasters Costume. Lights for the headmasters office One for each house.

The Great-Fully Dead will be back this year... The Spiders Den is being replaced with Three Brooms gaming
Floating Candles in the Main Hall of the Bedford School
This year we are adding hexmail being delivered during the concert.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Props coming together and going GREEN

New Props
Three of the new rooms for the visitors to the Open House of the Bedford School this year will be the Headmaster's Chamber, Divination Classroom and the Potions Master's Office. These photos are of different props you will see in these new rooms.
The shelve is from an old peice of wood from a replaced deck. The Jars are all Salsa Jars with new lables on them they will be aged with water colors and then will be ready for the Potoin Masters office.

One of the house Bells Rung when a member is in good standing

This is a Crystal ball from the Divinations Classroom

One of the four house owl lanterns you will see in the headmasters office.

First Parish Haunted House is GREEN!
We have always prided ourselves in re-purposing as much of the environment we create as possible. From the Jars and Bottles of the Potion masters classroom last year and his Office this year to the walls of the hedge maze last year all had been found objects destine for a land fill. The three large props this year will be built from reclaimed wood. They are built with wood from a Deck that was recently replaced, a old play structure that no longer was safe and pallets destine to be used as firewood. These props will remain in circulation for years to come. The bottle will some day find there way into the recycling but for now we are excited to use them as set decorations. Some items will be combined and sold as sets on eBay for other Haunts to use in the future. We choose not to use specific items because of the potential effect on people and planet. We use latex based paints for all the props and we don't use oil based smoke machine at the event. We would love to use smoke machines but they are 1400 watts that we can do without. Where possible we are using LED lighting as a means to reduce our energy requirements. All the maps are printed on recycled paper. The popcorn bag we used at first parish are made of recycled paper and we continue to look at ways keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum.

Theme for 2009
Not the last Haunted House but our last year of the Bedford School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In 2009 we are moving on to a new theme still as always family friendly with a little Boo! to make you smile. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Kick off meeting report

Well our first meeting for 2008 went very well. Here are a few key items covered:

  • We are expanding the size of the event incorporating another room upstairs.
  • Registration and the line to get in will now be under tents next to the Church.
  • We will have a short video running at the enterence to give out information on the three floors of activities and how ticketing will work.
  • A simplified ticketing system will be in place for folks who want to do parts of the haunted house more then once. This was a big issue last year and we think this will resolve the issue allowing for folks to have a significantly reduced re-entrance fee.
  • We are continuing our Harry Potter inspired theme: Welcome to The Bedford School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but each of the rooms will be different then last year. Two slightly scary.
  • Two entrance's Scary and Not Scary to the Bedford School.
  • The Cracked Cauldron will be expanding.
  • The spiders Den makes way for the Three Brooms Gaming area.
  • The Deadford Dungeon of Doom is being reworked more info (coming soon)
  • We are moving the flow of the different events to allow for less confusion.

We are looking for more yards to place signs if you have a high profile yard that you wouldn't mind having a sign in please let me know at lostj2@verizon.net

Thank you


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Update from the Bedford Plant Fair

Well our advertisement for the Haunted House at the First Parish Plant fair went well though there were some disappointed faces when we had to take it down due to heavy winds in the afternoon. We had two different inflatable haunted houses back to back allowing for the kids to explore the different rooms and it certainly added to the fair like feel of the day.

I will be posting the changes for this years haunted house so you can see whats new and different from last years event. I think you will be pleased.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Welcome to the Bedford School 2008

We were are in full swing for planning the haunted house this year. Look for our display at the Plant fair in may http://www.uubedford.org/plantfair/index.htm
We will have a video from last years haunt and a flyer for this years haunted house.
We hope to see you there.