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Local “Chiller” Enters 36th Year Serving Halloween Scares To Community

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For the 36th straight year, Cortland resident and graphic designer Jim Coon is providing the community with a good, fun scare this Halloween season.

His locally famous Chiller Haunted House will run tomorrow through Friday (October 25-27) from 7-10 p.m. at Homer’s Center for the Arts. There will also be non-scary tours from 6-6:45 p.m. each of these nights.

(PHOTO–Coon still sets up a backyard cemetery every Halloween at his home on Madison Street, which for years was the site of his annual Chiller Haunted House. Photo from the Chiller Haunted House Facebook page.)

This is the first year Coon’s haunted house will be held at the Center.

“I’m really excited about the setup we have this year,” Coon said. “There are stories out there that the Center is already haunted, so that’s really going to pull the show together.”

Coon ran his show for many years out of Suggett Park’s Birch building and out of his own home on Madison Street before then.

But it all started in his parents’ house on LaMont Circle almost 40 years ago, where Coon says all he wanted was to give the neighborhood kids a fun, safe place to spook themselves on Halloween.

“I had a couple bad Halloween experiences myself growing up,” Coon admitted, “and I think that’s why I always wanted to make sure kids had a place to go without having to worry about the older kids bullying them.”

Coon hopes those who have traditionally enjoyed the show at its previous locations will make the trip to Homer, and promises this year will be especially worth it.

“This has got to be the biggest haunt I’ve ever done,” Coon told us. “We have the haunt itself, we have a seance room; live shows, a silent Nosferatu film with live music. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get your spook on this weekend.”

A free shuttle bus will be provided each night and will run from Lincoln Avenue/Main Street in Cortland to and from the Center.

For more information, visit the Chiller Haunted House Facebook page.

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