By Aeroin Bridgedale | Beacon Correspondent
It’s no April Fool’s joke. Halloween is in the air and around the corner and coming to a haunted house near you. And if you happen to be near the old Twin Nut farmstead, look no further. That’s where new owners Bren and Fowler Wheezeclamp have built a new life, and a haunted house lover’s nightmare.
Best known for their Bass Lake School District public access reality show, Flip this Haunt, the brothers Wheezeclamp have hung up their travelin’ gallows (but not their gallows humor) and settled at the old Twin Nut farmstead with their family.
The previous owners of Twin Nut Farms disappeared about a month ago. No link has been found.
“Our dad always loved this place,” Bren and Fowler said, their eyes drifting around the room. “It scares our mom when our eyes do this but that’s what’s so cool!”
Bren and Fowler said minor renovations transformed the former organic farm and bed rental place from an organic farm and bed rental place to a scene straight from hell.
“They had all these strange gadgets hanging all over the place,” they said. “We just had to move some walls. And it turned out none of those animals they had here were real. They were like animatronics. We just smeared fake blood on ’em, gave ’em some axes and rakes and stuff we found lying around and turned ’em loose in the house. It’s pretty freaky.”
Plastic and metal pygmy elephants brandishing bloody mauls and sharp sticks leap from doorways. Helmeted mechanical lambs bleet and bleed from their bloody gums while bumping blindly into things. Schools of robot salmon flop about on the floor for no apparent reason. They hold no weapons. Screams puncuate each visitor’s sentence: a five minute tour of doom with time off for ghoul behavior.
Dubbed the Organic Farm and Bed Rental Place from Hell, the Wheezeclamp brothers think settling down will be good for everyone involved, especially local thrill seekers.
“Some weeks we were on the road for almost two nights, clear over to Nearbytown,” Bren and Fowler said. “We flipped two haunts over there. Covered our mileage. But we’re glad to call the old Twin Nut farmstead our home. And we look forward to scaring all of our new Bass Lake neighbors.”
The Wheezeclamp haunted house will be open from Oct. 29-31, 7 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 9 o’clock p.m. on school days and 4:30 a.m. to midnight on non-school days.Admission is $5, $4 if you bring a dish to pass.