‘Nightmare on Main’

Published 8:43 am Thursday, October 30, 2014

By Chad Vinson


WOODLAND – The house, which depicts the fun and horror of Halloween, is impossible to miss. As you approach the old, historic home, you must take a second look while questioning whether or not your eyes are playing tricks.

Limp mummies dressed in long tethered garments can be seen while bodies lie in caskets…one even appears to be coming out of the ground.

“Nightmare on Main Street” can be read on one of the many tombstones scattered across the yard. The tombstones create scenery of a huge cemetery and causes one to wonder what comes next.

You can discover this spooky, but yet entertaining, place on your own from 6:30-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at 124 West Main Street in downtown Woodland.

There are extremely ambitious goals behind this mysterious sight and the homeowners (Ken and Pattie Manuel) seem to have everything already figured out. The couple, who arrived in Woodland earlier this year, opted to create an all-season visual attraction while they continue with their plans to convert the home into a bed and breakfast.

The attraction – “Nightmare on Main” – on Friday and Saturday nights will feature a drive-in movie theater in the front yard and a haunted trail in the backyard. Treats will also be available. The thrill will be free and anyone can come, but has on the property no later than 8:30 pm.

The couple, who are also wedding officiates, previously resided in New Jersey where they participated in annual “Zombie Walks”. This walk, which contributed to all types characters flooding the streets, broke a record just last year for more than 11,000 participants.

Mrs. Manuel is the mastermind of the Woodland attraction and says she has always been intrigued by the supernatural. However, she’s not impresses by modern horror movies. “They’re all phony. It’s just the same type of movies with no real plot behind them,” she says.

Mr. Manuel, a retired federal probation officer, contributes and motivates her to do what she loves.