Haunted house director brings Scary Lucy to life

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB)- A tribute to Lucille Ball will make its debut this Halloween. The Haunting at the Mall will now feature a Scary Lucy character.

“When the doors open, it’s fair game,” said Scott Mekus, the director of the haunted house.

On the other side of every dark bend, you could face a woman dressed up in a dark bronze dress.

“It looks like the Lucy dress,” said Mekus. “It has the belt and everything, she has pearl earrings.”

She will also carry the famous “vitameatavegamin” bottle. But this Lucy definitely won’t make you laugh.

“It gets scary,” said Mekus.

He told News 4 the social media craze around Scary Lucy inspired him to create the creepy character and a “Lucy Room”.

“I can’t tell you exactly what the Lucy Room looks like,” said Mekus, inviting guests to the haunted house.

The Chautauqua Mall is only a few miles from where the comedian was born.

“We want to get the Celeron, Jamestown and local community involved in it because Lucy would’ve wanted that,” said Mekus. “She’s all about having fun and she could make fun of herself. Since it’s Halloween, and we have the scare aspect, we thought it was perfect.”

He acknowledges the controversy surrounding the statue and said he talked to his 80 volunteers about being considerate to Lucy and her hometown.

Mekus told News 4 even though there will be more screams than laughter, this is what Lucy would’ve wanted.

“It’s fun, everyone is having fun and that’s what it’s about,” said Mekus.

To see Lucy come to life you can visit the haunted house at the Chautauqua Mall starting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. For more information click here.


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