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Halloween Horror Nights
House of horrors builds family togetherness for Columbia residents
House of horrors builds family togetherness for Columbia residents

One sings a haunting melody from a decrepit swing set, another moans from a sparking electric chair, and a third menacingly entices visitors to try their luck at a carnival game. The young girl, convict and clown are but three of the 50 sound- or motion-activated animatronic ghouls whose soulless eyes light up and zombie body parts twitch and turn in a Columbia family's free front-yard fright fest. Gene Ryan, a Washington paramedic and firefighter, has devoted 800 hours over the past two months to creating nine scary scenes and a dramatic two-story facade at his family's Kings Contrivance home, transforming it into what neighbors affectionately call "the Halloween...

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