by Breanna Forgione, Pennsbury High School
For 20 years, Pennsbury High School has been featuring the scariest, spookiest event students could possibly offer: the annual Haunted House!
Unlike previous years, teachers Mr. Napoli and Mr. May decided that this year they would try something new. This year’s theme featured the creepiest authentic Bucks County legends, some of them including Cry Baby Bridge, the Bolton Mansion, Midnight Mary, and many more.
So what’s the story behind some of these interesting legends?
As urban legend has it, the Van Sant covered bridge in New Hope is supposedly haunted; some say that they can hear the sound of a baby crying while driving over the bridge. Years ago, a woman pregnant with twins decided to commit suicide, and in turn, killed her children as well. She had no means of supporting her children or herself.
Another creepy hallway, the Bolton Mansion, is famous for spirits and ghosts wandering the property. Located in Bristol Township, this house has supposedly been haunted for years.
Perhaps the most famous tale is that of the rebel soldier. It was said that the owner of the estate disowned his son for enlisting to fight for the South in the Civil War. The son returned home after the war, but his father refused to forgive him.
Angry, the young man hung himself from the second floor stairwell.
Not to mention the story of Bristol’s Midnight Mary, another room for this year’s theme. As it would have it, Mary and her prom date were on their way to prom, when suddenly the car crashed. While both died and the young man’s body was found, Mary’s body was never found.
On prom night, some say that they can see a faint glow of a girl in a prom dress, looking for her date.
Since the first day of school, the art club students were hard at work with creating the different rooms and constructing the spookiest props possible; the goal was to make this year’s event as successful as ever.
The event took place on Saturday, October 27th and Monday, October 29th, and as usual turned out to be a huge success. The Haunted House attracted students, faculty, and the community alike, all of them eager to see something spectacular.
Viewers were able to enjoy some of the most well-known legends of our area, which was the best part for most people.
The actors and actresses of the various rooms put on a spectacular show. Between the costumes, make-up, and props, students were able to elicit screams from everyone.
Even if you did miss this horrifying event, be sure to attend the Haunted House next year. Who knows what kind of chills people will get the chance to experience next year!