Closed butcher shop comes to life

The slaughterhouse cast is comprised of local volunteers that dress as horror legends and characters unique to the location. 

Powell Vegas LLC Production’s annual haunted attraction is now underway at the new location in Rainsville.

The PV Slaughterhouse, originally the PV Haunted Trial, has moved to a permanent location, the old Rainsville Quality Meats building.

After seven years of conducting the event as a trail in the woods, the founders, Nathan and Brook Tomlinson, Corey Hale and their friends and family, decided to purchase the property. Thus, came the name the PV Slaughterhouse.

What started as a few friends scaring each other in the woods, developed into an annual event that is now experienced by hundreds of participants a year, Brook said.

The original meat shop opened in 1968 and was a full-service slaughterhouse and butcher shop, and the haunted attraction will keep the same theme, she said.

This year’s event will see an enclosed clown room, the butcher room dedicated to the location’s history, a twisted maze and numerous other themed rooms.

Legends from the horror genre will be hidden throughout the enclosure, along with uniquely created characters specific to the production. The creators involved take inspiration from classic horror movies, such as “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” and also Rob Zombie films and “American Horror Story.”

Dozens of local volunteers transform themselves each night of the event and devote their time to spooking the community.

“Saturday was our busiest night thus far, and I think we had about 30 to 35 spooks,” Brook said. “We had some working in the parking lot and some working inside. We put about 700 people through last weekend, our opening weekend. So, we did fantastic.”

Admission is $10 a person and includes the walk through and free popcorn and hot chocolate during the wait.

Customers can also purchase an upgraded package for $5 more that will allow for a hands-on experience. After you receive a glow stick, the workers are allowed to grab you throughout the event.

The slaughterhouse will be open Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and 26 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 and 27 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Brook said on Halloween night, they will also open from 5 to 10 p.m. and will offer a kids night until 8 p.m.

“We’re going to do a special where kids in costumes will get in for free, and it’ll be more suited for children,” she said. “The building set up is spooky in itself, but from 5 to 8 p.m., we won’t be trying to scare anybody. It’ll be more like trick or treating.”

As a warning, Tomlinson said the entire attraction is filled with flashing strobe lights that may be harmful to some, and the gore may not be suitable for all ages.

The slaughterhouse is located at 592 Sam Ellis Drive NW. Rainsville, Alabama.

For daily updates, visit www.facebook.com/pvslaughterhouse or call 256-605-5883, 256-605-4509 or 256-601-8695.

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