Friday, October 3, 2014

North Idaho 'Scarywood' Operators Hope For More Scares, Fewer Punches

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 9:17 AM

They call it "Scarywood."

Each Halloween season, the operators of the Silverwood amusement park in Idaho's Panhandle convert their attractions to include things like "Timber Terror" and "Clown Town." As many as 50,000 people visit the park north of Coeur d'Alene each October.

And operators are no doubt hopeful that things go a little better this year compared to last October, when things got a bit out of hand. On Oct. 18, 2014, a male visitor spotted "what he thought to be a stuffed doll" crouched behind a box and he punched the "doll" several times in the face. But the doll was actually an actress.

"What the hell, man," she said after getting punched several times in the forehead, according to a police report.

"Wow, I thought you were a thing," responded the man.

After contacting an attorney, the man declined to give law enforcement a statement.

Meanwhile, the actress had a "half-dollar size lump which was darkening in color" after taking off her makeup. She indicated that she wanted to press charges against the man.

Scarywood management said that signs at the attractions tell guests not to touch the actors and all of the actors are instructed to contact security personnel if they're touched or feel uncomfortable.

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