Balloon Manor Haunted House Offers Thrills, Family Fun
Kids’ Monster Designs Included in Medley Centre Attraction
Thursday, October 05, 2006
More than 100,000 balloons will be used to create monsters and ghouls in Balloon Manor.
Internationally renowned balloon artist Larry Moss is designing and building a huge haunted house entirely out of balloons for Halloween thrills and chills at Medley Centre in Irondequoit. The house will be open from Oct. 20-29 and proceeds will support the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center patient care and research programs and Teens Living with Cancer.
Return to Balloon Manor is a family-friendly Halloween extravaganza featuring a 10-room, fully furnished castle inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and monsters, all constructed from more than 100,000 latex balloons.
The house will be open for tours by the Greater Rochester Jaycees from Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 25-29 from 3 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
“This is really a labor of love,” said Moss, who coordinates the effort as a tribute to his wife, Judy, who survived Hodgkin’s disease. “It’s a great challenge to organize and produce, but nothing like facing cancer.”
Tickets are $10 and $6 for children under 12. They are available in advance at Wegmans THE Ticket
Visitors may want to look for two special monsters designed by Raina Domuracki. 9, of Webster and Jesse Jurman, 13, of Irondequoit. They are winners of a children’s drawing contest sponsored by Messenger Post Newspapers this past summer.
The event is presented by the Greater Rochester Jaycees and Entercom Marketing Results Group. Balloons were donated by Pioneer Balloon Company and Continental Sales and other event sponsors include Parma Publishing, St. Clair Photo Imaging and Messenger Post Newspapers.
Moss is also looking for volunteers to help assemble the structure from Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 15-18. Anyone interested in joining the effort should call the Wilmot Cancer Center at (585) 242-8988.
For more details about Return to Balloon Manor, go to www.balloonmanor.com.
Moss designed a similar house in 2004 and more than 5,000 people toured the spooky house, raising $34,000 for the Wilmot Cancer Center. A journey through Balloon Manor will include a spine-chilling ghost story of the events that led to the haunting of the castle.
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