By CLAIRE ST. JOHN
You push through the spider webs to get a closer look at what you think is ... no, it can't be.
You squint, edge forward, and the image resolves itself. A pale child is feasting on the stringy insides of a headless, limbless body. In the flickering light, the child looks up and, it's mouth full, grins at you, blood dripping from sharpened teeth.
You run to the next room, only to find a teenaged girl hacking at limbs and cackling, her white lab coat smeared with blood.
Trying to get away is impossible. Everywhere you run, bugs creep along the walls, spider webs tangle on your fingers and horrible, gruesome scenes greet your eyes.
This year's 4-H haunted house is not for the weak hearted.
Located in The Junction shopping center in East Sonora, this is the fifth year 4-H parents and students have taxed their brains to come up with the goriest, goopiest, scariest haunted house to start the Halloween season.
"We watch a lot of horror flicks," said Kathy Nelson, as she fingered a piece of bloody "skin" tacked to a cage.
Nelson and her husband, Rick, were putting the final touches on the haunted house Wednesday.
Their daughter, Anni, was also there, getting ready for her role as the Chop Chop Room butcher. When not butchering mannequins, she is home schooled and raises exotic birds for 4-H.
The Nelson family along with organizer Jim Miller and many other 4-H volunteers have been working on this year's haunted house for two months.
The results of their labor are truly frightening.
People can scurry or stroll depending on personal bravery through the Train Room, the Killer Clown Room, the Forest Troll Room, the Coffin Room, and of course, the Chop Chop Room.