'Lessons In Fear' Schools Haunted House Enthusiasts

  • 10/16/2018 2:26:43 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

PERRYSVILLE, OH - For the past several years, husband-and-wife team John and Flo Gepperth have been experimenting with different themes and approaches to horror with their haunted schoolhouse attraction, "Lessons in Fear." WMFD's Jenna Ramolt took the tour to see what sets the Gepperths' Halloween event apart from the rest.

"This is our third season," said John Gepperth, Co-Owner of Lessons In Fear. "We always look at it like... what do we do to these rooms that are going to be noticeably different for the person that came four times last season? We do get a lot of return people, almost weekly through the season. The idea is, as soon as they come through the gate or get halfway through the courtyard, it's already different from last year. They notice the difference."

Gepperth says that aside from his own relatives pitching in to help out each season, the actors employed by Lessons in Fear - which the Gepperths call their "haunt family" - come together as a tight-knit group to help cement positive experiences for visitors and staff members alike. Ideas and themes for various rooms such as killer clowns, the undead, and mad scientists all come from ideas contributed by the group, tweaking them to fit the needs of the space.

"The goal is, we really want people coming back," Gepperth said. "The people that have come this year already are remarking that it's way better than last year, which is good because there's a lot of work that goes into this place. That's really the goal, so that it's not just a cool place - that could very easily be stagnant, and sit there and be cool year after year - the trick is to tweak it and make stuff work. If certain areas don't work so much, you just redesign an area and change it up."

Lessons In Fear is located at 155 West Third Street in Perrysville, OH. For a full list of event dates and times, visit their website.


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