4,000 visit Subangdaku horror booth on first day

THE first-ever horror booth organized by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials of Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City, Cebu gathered around 4,000 participants on its opening day Monday, October 31, 2022.

Santi Luchavez, SK chairman, told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, that they did not anticipate such a huge crowd and were very thankful to those who participated in the event.

The booth, themed "The Old North Bus: The Last Stop to Hell," will remain open Tuesday, November 1, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Everyone can enjoy it for a P20 entrance fee. No backpacks are allowed inside.

Luchavez said they organized the booth knowing that many people are excited to do Halloween activities after two years of lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

“We also came up with the idea because the City Government did not organize a horror booth this year. So, we thought, why not have our own,” said Luchavez.

"We choose the old north bus terminal as our location as it has become abandoned for years," she added.

The horror booth has 10 maze-like stations with 25 actors dressed up as ghosts.

Luchavez said most participants find their "tunnel" as the scariest part of the booth. Inside the tunnel is a meat shop filled with chopped meats.

Some “ghosts” will meet the visitors passing the tunnel, making it terrifying for some people, Luchavez said.

But the SK chairman said they made sure to have a medical team on standby in case an emergency happens.

Luchavez said proceeds of the event will be used to support a community of youth and help their barangay.

With the event's success on Monday, Luchavez said they prepared 5,000 more tickets for Tuesday’s last show.

The Mandaue City Government announced last week that it will not have a horror booth this year, unlike the previous years.

City Administrator Jamaal James Calipayan said the booth then was a fundraising project that was done in partnership with the City's LGBT society Manpride, the event's main organizer.

Calipayan said this year's All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days observance for the city would focus on the occasions' solemnity. (HIC)