‘Boo’lloon Manor -- A New Twist for Halloween Family Fun
40,000 Balloon Funhouse Open from Oct. 27-31 at Southtown Plaza
October 06, 2004
What do you get when you combine 40,000 balloons, a team of artists working non-stop for five days, and a plan to help Rochester’s top cancer center? Balloon Manor -- a spooky Halloween funhouse open Oct. 27-31 at the former Vix location at Southtown Plaza.
Balloon artist Larry Moss and the Rochester Jaycees are creating a silly, creepy, slightly scary, haunted castle entirely out of balloons. Balloon Manor will be open from 3 to 11 p.m., Oct. 27-29, and from 11 a.m. to midnight, Oct. 30-31.
This funhouse will be ideal for children of all ages. However, at night, special, spooky effects will be added to frighten older visitors, says Moss of Henrietta. His wife, Judy, has Hodgkin’s disease and proceeds support local patients and research at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center
“We'll show you the monsters that Halloween is known for, with surprises around every corner,” says Moss, who started designing in the house in February. “But rest assured, nothing will jump out at you. If your jaw hits the floor when you walk in, it will be due to the awe of the creation, not because you'll fall over in fear.”
Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. However, visitors are asked to wear costumes that will not damage the balloons.
Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and they are available at Wegmans, Arlene’s Costumes and King Sales locations. At the door, tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.
Moss is no stranger to fear. He’s been facing it head-on for the past year as his wife Judy battles Hodgkin’s disease.
Diagnosed in 2003 after a difficult pregnancy, Judy Moss endured aggressive treatment to destroy the cancer and when other health conditions arose, she suffered paralysis. Now, she is undergoing extensive physical therapy at Monroe Community Hospital in hopes of regaining her strength and ability to walk.
The balloon funhouse will raise funds to support the Wilmot Cancer Center’s research and patient care programs.
“There's only so much they can do with the resources currently available. We can't change what my family or others have been through in the past, but we can make things better for future patients with greater research and better treatments,” says Moss, who is raising their toddler daughter, Morgan, while Judy recovers.
Moss practices what he calls “airigami, the art of shaping air through balloons. His unusual art has been displayed in 12 countries on four continents and some creations have been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Back in 2003, he led the construction of a huge flying octopus that was flown across Sodus Bay.
Renowned in his field for his large and technically challenging sculptures, Moss is also an experienced teacher of his art and author of several books on ballooning
For more information about Balloon Manor, call 585-486-9800 or go to www.balloonfunhouse.com.