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May the Force Scream with You!

Culbertson Mansion’s Holly Crisler talks about the 30th season of “Literally, a Haunted House” and her small part in making Kenner’s “Star Wars” toys a reality in 1977!

A long time ago in a shopping mall not far away, little 7 year old Holly Crisler got to play with the first prototypes in Kenner’sStar Wars” action figure line months before the rest of us when she was selected to take part in an exclusive test marketing event right here in the Ville! Today she’s still putting her imagination to work as Chairman and Creative Director for Literally, a Haunted House at the historic Culbertson Mansion in New Albany, IN.

Take a hyperspace journey with us back to the summer of 1977 and stick around for a preview of what to expect at Literally, a Haunted House for Halloween 2014.

“I was seven years old, and ‘Star Wars’ had probably only been in theaters for about two weeks when my parents took me to the old Showcase Cinemas on Bardstown Road to see it,” remembers Crisler.

“When we were leaving the theater,” she recalls, “a woman with a clipboard approached us and asked me if I liked the movie.”

“Of course, I liked the movie! I have no idea why she picked me out of the crowd, but she asked me if I’d like to participate in a survey related to the movie next weekend. Of course, I wanted to take the survey!”

“My mom got serious,” she continues. “She went out and bought copies of TIME magazine, PEOPLE magazine; every magazine on the shelves that had ‘Star Wars’ on the cover. She said, ‘You’re going to do your research,’!”

“The next weekend my parents took me to the old Raceland Mall where there was a table set up,” says Crisler, “and there sat the same lady with the clipboard. She took me back to a room where they played two early Kenner toy commercials on a TV screen. The first one showed kids my age playing with the little action figures from the movie. The second one, which blew me away, showed the big Millennium Falcon toy where you could open up the compartments and put the figures inside.”

Keep in mind that none of these toys had been produced or sold in stores yet. The inestimable impact that “Star Wars” almost immediately had on movies, toys and popular culture had caught marketing honchos and toy companies completely by surprise. An action figure and toy line based on a movie is something that had never really been done before. Kenner Toys’ R & D department was scrambling to determine whether or not kids would be interested in toys based on this strange new science-fiction film.

“That’s when they brought out the figures,” Crisler relates with a sense of 7 year old wonder. “They had several different characters with them and they asked me a lot of questions about them. ‘Who is this?’ and ‘Is he good or bad?’ they asked.”

“Then they let me sit at the table and play with the figures for a few minutes before asking me whether or not I’d want to get some of these toys for Christmas if they made them.”

YES,” Crisler shouted. The rest is toy history.

As a lifelong “Star Wars” fan, I’m shocked that I’d never heard about this Kenner toy survey here in town before. It’s a bombshell to discover that Kenner brought “Star Wars” action figure prototypes here to the Ville in 1977 before any kid in the world got to see them, and that Holly Crisler got to actually play with them. I can’t imagine the fortune those prototypes would bring on the collector’s market if Holly were actually allowed to keep any of them!

Okay, Chewbacca, punch the hyperdrive and take us forward to Halloween 2014 where Crisler and her motley crew are planning an edgier, scarier haunt this season to celebrate 30 years of scaring the public.

Opening for the first time during the Halloween season of 1985, Culbertson Mansion’s haunt was originally part of the old Jaycee’s Spook Run. “The first year, the event took place inside the mansion itself,” says Crisler. “It really just involved a storyteller reading passages from Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. It wasn’t really a haunted house at all. The next year, we moved the haunt to the carriage house out back and we’ve been there ever since.”

Crisler describes this year’s theme as sort of a “Greatest Hits” of all the best and most loved scenes and gags from their 30 year history, but don’t expect to know exactly what’s coming. Crisler and her crew have completely reworked the maze inside the carriage house so that passageways move in completely different directions, and those overly familiar with the usual route will likely find themselves disoriented this year.

Longtime visitors to Literally, a Haunted House might also want to buckle up for some ghastlier scenes this year.

“We didn’t have any gore at all last year,” Crisler admits when discussing their homage to classic monsters of literature and the silver screen. “This year, we’re going to deliver something gorier, more shocking and, hopefully, something folks won’t soon forget.”

“There will be a Satanic Mass in the front yard in place of the usual zombies/vampires and there will be touching this year. There will be some light contact, and the last room will be quite grisly,” she promises.

Crisler also informed us about a New Albany Zombie Run scheduled for the last week of September that will end at the Culbertson Mansion where a Zombie Ball with bands, Tarot card readers and carnival games will take place. We’ll provide further information about that event on the Louisville Halloween website when details become available.

We’ll see you at Literally, a Haunted House for the 2014 Halloween season when you can all give in to the Dark Side of the Force.

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The Haunting Life: Explore the Chilling, Thrilling 38 Year Career of Haunt Actor, Lucian Tomes Jr.!

From the original Jaycees WAKY Haunted House to the Baxter Avenue Morgue and beyond, Louisville’s own Lucian Tomes Jr. has seen every horrifying thing the haunt industry has to offer!

Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Lucian Tomes parents told him that if he were born only one month earlier, he would have been born in Eppertshausen, Germany, just a stones’ throw from the Castle Frankenstein ruins where in the late 17th century an alchemist named Johann Conrad Dippel was born and engaged in strange experiments of both alchemy and anatomy. Dippel studied soul transference with cadavers and created Dippel’s Oil, which he claimed to be both the “Elixir of Life” and a tonic that could exorcise demons. Marry Shelley’s infamous 1818 novel is claimed to have been based on the Frankenstein Castle ruins and Dippel’s notorious experiments.

It’s clear that Tomes was conceived in a place of strange and ancient history, and that he has apparently brought much of that dark magic back with him to Louisville, KY.

He isn’t the only one. Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH are the two cities recognized as the birthplace of the modern haunted attraction. The first verifiable charity haunted house, recognized by the Jaycees national office, was the WSAI Haunted House in Cincinnati which operated from Oct. 24-31 in 1970. Shortly thereafter, the Louisville Jaycees created both the WAKY Haunted House and the first Ghost Run, an annual driving game unique to the city of Louisville which would eventually become Danger Run as we know it today.

Louisville has quite a ghastly gaggle of haunt actors that love the scare biz so much that they have dedicated over twenty years of their lives to the cause. Todd Schmidt, for example, started his career as the “chainsaw guy” at the Haunted Hotel in 1991 and worked his way up through Industrial Nightmare and Nightmare Forest. He has gone on to design and build haunts like the Dome of Doom in California and the Paddock of Perils in Pennsylvania. Chainsaw Pete, featured in the Louisville haunt documentary, “Monsters Wanted,” practiced his aggressive chainsaw act for years before landing at the Asylum Haunted Scream Park.

Entering the thirty-eighth year of his career as a haunt actor, Lucian Tomes Jr. is certainly one of the most experienced “lifers” in the Louisville haunted attraction industry. You have likely seen his face on billboards and bus stop ads all across the city as Warren Vanderdark, funeral director at the Baxter Avenue Morgue.

“My first memory of really being scared and becoming fascinated with the feeling is when I saw the Abominable Snow Monster in ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” confesses Tomes. “I grew up in the Tyler Parkway area of the Highlands, and I remember the houses along Windsor Place as my favorite trick-or-treat night adventures.”

“I was 14, going on 15 years old,” says Tomes on his beginnings in the haunt industry, “heavily into monsters, “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine and WDRB-41’sFright Night” horror movie program when my dad told me about the Louisville Jaycees and a haunt they were putting on that Halloween.”

“I had already been putting on my own home haunt every Halloween in our front yard and on the porch,” he continues. “I had a Dracula scene and a Frankenstein’s laboratory scene, etc.”

“When I heard about the Jaycees WAKY Haunted House, I went down there to the pre 1976 location at 4th Street and St. Catherine and volunteered my services. For several years I was the Wolf Man at the WAKY Haunted House. I wore an old werewolf mask, a bulky army jacket to make myself look bigger and some furry gloves. I started out as a ‘line actor,’ scaring and entertaining people waiting in line to go in.”

“In those days,” Tomes admits, “haunts were pretty unsophisticated. They were all basically ‘black wall’ haunts. You’d go in and paint all the walls and surfaces black, and your only special effects were strobe lights and maybe a couple of laser lights.”

“The budgets were very, very low,” he continues. “Here’s a funny story: The Louisville Jaycees couldn’t afford a fog machine in those days. Today you can go to Walmart and buy a fog machine, but back then fog machines were things you had to order from the West Coast and they cost about as much as a small car!”

“Anyway, somebody got creative and decided to use a bee keeper smoker as a fog machine. This lasted one night, and everybody working the haunt got sick from the smoker fumes.”

“I saw a lot of strange things at the WAKY Haunted House at the 4th Street and St. Catherine location,” he relates. “One night I was working across the hall from the Phantom of the Opera right next to a stairway that went up a few steps and then back down to the first floor. We heard a ruckus coming down the hallway towards us and we both backed away as this heavy set woman came barreling past us and completely overshot the staircase, plummeting all the way to the bottom. We had to call EMS to come in and get her out.”

“Years later, when the WAKY Haunted House moved to the Spring Street and Story Avenue location,” Tomes responds when I ask him what the weirdest thing he ever saw when working those houses in the early days of the local haunt industry. “I was playing the Wolf Man, as usual, one night when I sprang on a guy who did a complete Lou Costello by turning around, slamming into the wall and knocking himself out cold.”

“There was a story that became legendary involving the guy playing Dracula,” Tomes continues. “This guy went all out. He had a very elaborate make-up, costume and dental fangs. A frightened woman saw him and passed out on the spot. He was a volunteer firefighter, so he picked her up to take her out of the haunt, and took a short cut down a dark stairwell lit only by a red light bulb. Unfortunately, she woke up only to find herself being carried down a creepy stairwell bathed in red light by Count Dracula. She screamed and passed out again!”

Tomes began his career as Warren Vanderdark at the Baxter Avenue Morgue in 2000, performing the introduction scene to the haunt for over a decade, where he also witnessed many strange, maybe even paranormal events. “The Syfy reality show, ‘Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,’ came out and did an investigation of the Baxter Avenue Morgue building, ultimately declaring it haunted,” says Tomes.

“One night I was working the front parlor next to the yellow room with the coffin, and I peeked into the yellow room where I saw a figure with no face wearing a long, white monk’s robe. It drifted from right to left in front of the coffin and then disappeared into a small dot of light like an old tube TV turning off,” says Tomes. “I wasn’t the only one who saw it. Several others saw the exact same figure during the same night in different parts of the Morgue.”

With over a decade of notoriety at the Morgue, his face adorning billboards across the city, I wondered if he was often recognized in public at the supermarket or in restaurants. “Oh yes,” he admits, “once I was working a part time job at Blockbuster Video when this girl approached me, visibly shivering.”

It’s you!” she exclaimed.

“I was bagging her rental videos,” Tomes continues, chuckling, “and I just couldn’t resist. I handed her the bag and said, ‘Have a Good Evening, and do be careful when heading home in the darkness.’”

“She ran at full speed out of the store.”

So what does the future hold for Lucian Tomes Jr. as a haunt actor? In a Louisville Halloween exclusive, Tomes has informed us that he has decided to part ways with the Baxter Avenue Morgue and will be playing a new character, a sinister carnival barker, at the 7th Street Haunt for the 2014 Halloween season. He’s also playing the narrator in a new film by director Keith Stoddard (known in horror circles the Don of the Dead) called “Horror Host: The Movie.”

Stay tuned to the Louisville Halloween website, haunt fans, for much more news and reviews coming soon. I’ll be reviewing “The Purge: Anarchy” which opens in theaters this weekend, and in August we’ll be touring some of Louisville’s best haunts to tease new scenes and scares for 2014 haunt season.

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Cross Paths with Black Cat This Independence Day Weekend!

Some local haunters have joined forces with Black Cat Fireworks to bring you some 4th of July thrills at Pyro City Fireworks in Clarksville, Indiana!

UPDATE: Here are the Pyro City/Black Cat Louisville tent locations:

1. Shepherdsville Pawn II in Hillview (formerly Sonny Bishop Car Sales):  191 Wilma. Look for the big BLACK CAT Tent.
2. CC Powersports: 327 Centre Drive in Brooks. Right next door to Tumbleweed (make sure you pass the first tent and come all the way down to the end).
3. Metro Auto Spa: 4060 Dixie Hwy in Radcliff.
4. Lee’s Quick Stop (formerly Pop Shop): 12625 Dixie Hwy. (This tent is fountain products only because it is in Jefferson County.)
5. Liquor Palace: 3439 Taylor Blvd. (This tent is also fountain products only because it is in Jefferson County.)

Happy Independence Day weekend, my River City fiends! It’s your favorite patriotic spook, the Phantom of the Ville! If there is one thing I’ve learned over the first three years that I’ve been writing this column, it’s that haunters love to blow stuff up almost as much as they love scaring the pants off of patrons during the haunt season. There must be some part of the brain in all haunters that releases the same pleasure endorphins when they light either jack-o-lanterns or 500 gram fireworks.

There are quite a few local haunters in the July 4thKABOOM” business.

Ever since I was a kid I’ve known that if you want to get the “good stuff,” anything other than sparklers and cherry bombs, you must cross the river into Indiana. Louisville hosts some of the biggest fireworks spectacles in the country, but if you want to put on a show in your own backyard, you need to go see the pyromaniacs at Pyro City Fireworks (www.pyrocityfireworks.com) at 2227 Koetter Drive in Clarksville, IN 47129 (812)285-1656.

Pyro City Fireworks, which is part of a chain of fireworks retailers owned by the legendary Black Cat Fireworks, is run by a ghostly trio of local haunt owners who all love a good explosion as much as film director Michael Bay. Jason Weber and Jeff Howlett, co-owners and operators of Nightmare Forest, and Mike Kimzey, co-owner and operator of Danger Run, have joined forces to give fireworks fans the most bang for their buck this year.

“Black Cat makes the best fireworks in the business,” says Mike Kimzey, “and they also own a number of other brands that they’re in the process of bringing together under one tent. Next year, everything we stock will be on the Black Cat label. Our direct relationship with Black Cat allows us to give the customer the best price they’re going to find anywhere in the region.”

The big, new product that Black Cat is unveiling this season is called the Diablo, which contains 24 shells that they claim will “send the devil back where he belongs.” Pyro City is selling the Diablo for $79.99 apiece, while the nearest competitor is selling the equivalent in 2-packs for $199, so you can save $40 on the very same package from these seasonal Spookmasters.

One of the biggest assortment packages they’re selling this season is called the Godfather, which is an entire fireworks show in a box. It normally retails for $900, but Pyro City is selling it for $499. You can also win one for FREE! All you have to do is come in and sign up for a chance to win.

Also, they’re giving away lots of extra fireworks depending on how much you intend to purchase. For example, if you bought the Godfather, you would also get one free 500 gram finale cake, a fireworks fiesta kit and a Black Cat t-shirt. FREE extra fireworks start at only $100 spent in store. Check the store for further details.

In recent years, I’ve noticed the connection between the Halloween business and the fireworks business has continued to get stronger. Fireworks packaging and labeling is splattered with zombies, demons, devils, haunted houses and spectral fiends. As I went up and down the aisles, I took a few pictures of some of the monstrous, carnival-style art adorning the packaging of colorful artillery.

Of course, if you want sparklers for the kids, Pyro City has all that kind of stuff too. You can find rockets with parachutes, black snakes and one of my childhood favorites, pull string smoke bomb grenades! How I loved smoke bomb grenades!

No matter how big or small of a fireworks show you plan to put on this weekend, whether it’s just a few sparklers or Thunder Over My Backyard, please be safe and follow the safety rules printed on the packaging. The Spookmasters at Pyro City want all of you to have a safe and fun Independence Day so they can scare you to death in October.

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New Thrills and Grave Secrets at Kentucky Kingdom!

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay Waterpark are now back under local ownership with some new thrills to chill your bones during the heat of summer, but the Kentucky Fairgrounds also holds a haunted secret from our colonial past that very few theme park visitors are aware of!

Summer is here and Kentucky Kingdom has returned from the theme park graveyard with a fresh coat of paint and some new multi-million dollar attractions. As much as I loved having an abandoned amusement park sitting in the middle of the Ville (where I liked to imagine the Funland Robot from “Scooby Doo Where Are You?” running amok night after night), it’s a much greater pleasure to know that the park is back under local ownership.

Long Live King Louie!

This week I took my first seasonal trip to the newly refurbished park to get a peek at the new Lightning Run roller coaster and some of the other new additions to the park. I also stopped by the nearly 200 year old, haunted cemetery on the property.

What? You didn’t know there was a haunted, Civil War era cemetery right next to Kentucky Kingdom in the middle of the lot used for the Thrillway during the Kentucky State Fair?

It’s true, and you can see it for yourself. When you reach the front gates of Kentucky Kingdom, go to the far right end where the Season Pass Processing area is located. Just fifty yards east through the parking lot you’ll find the gates of the Oldham Family Cemetery.

During the Civil War, the area that now makes up the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center was owned by the Samuel Oldham Plantation. It was called “Fair Hope” Plantation. The first grave you’ll encounter as you enter the cemetery gates is marked the “Oldham Family Cemetery,” which claims to hold the grave of “Samuel Oldham, Revolutionary War Patriot, 31 October 1779 – 31 January 1833” and his wife, “Ann Lipscomb Oldham, 17 November 1755 – 27 April 1822.” That’s right, Sam Oldham was born on Halloween!

As part of his last will and testament, Samuel Oldham stated that two acres should be “set aside forever in trust as a burial site for all the white and black members of his family.” The Oldham family were pre-abolition slave owners, so according to the document, both family members and slaves are buried on the property. The State of Kentucky has determined that Oldham’s definition of “forever” means literally forever, and so the cemetery has been declared an Exempt Cemetery, meaning that it’s illegal to change, move or encroach upon the land there.

It’s an interesting enough bit of historical curiosity to know that a Civil War era graveyard exists close enough to Kentucky Kingdom that you can hear the screams of thrill riders from the cemetery, but according to a 2006 Courier-Journal article by Byron Crawford, it’s also haunted!

There are names of quite a few young children on the crumbling gravestones amid the lot, and according to Fairgrounds workers and grounds people, some of them might still be hanging around. A grounds keeper named Tom Lee, who has since passed away himself, claimed to have heard a baby crying in the cemetery and then saw the spectral child himself.

He said it was “wearing a long christening gown with a bonnet on,” and that it was hovering above the ground. Then he said it floated towards a stone, which it appeared to pass right through before it stopped crying and disappeared. Longtime grounds maintenance supervisor, Dennis Thorpe, confirmed the story and said that he also has heard the disembodied cries of a child coming from the graveyard.

Other ghostly stories of an older man wearing a long coat and a fedora that disappears into thin air have been reported on numerous occasions in the Fairgrounds’ greenhouses across the other side of Interstate 65.

I heard no cries myself on a steamy hot afternoon this week when I stopped by to pay my respects. The only sounds I heard were the screams coming from Lightning Run inside the park. My goal for the afternoon was to check out the new park and experience the new steel coaster for myself.

As a longtime fan of magic and illusion, no one should know better than me that looks can often be deceiving. It’s a lesson I got a refresher course in as I approached the entryway for Lightning Run. My first impressions were that it didn’t really look that big or seem to be traveling all that fast. I was confident that I would easily conquer the blue hills, twists and turns of Lightning Run without much of a shock to my system. As soon as we crested the first hill, all of my false bravado disappeared like the ghost baby in the Oldham Family Cemetery.

Lightning Run is much, much more intense than it appears. This steel blue beast is not to be taken lightly! In fact, it delivers more “air time,” that zero gravity feeling of weightlessness that makes you feel like you’re floating out of your seat, than just about any coaster I have ever ridden. Louisville is lucky to have such a brilliant new thrill machine.

I was also fairly impressed with how nice the rest of the park looks in its reopening season. The waterpark is nearly double its original size. From the top of the Giant Wheel at 150 feet I looked across Hurricane Bay and realized that one of the new water slides, Deep Water Dive, actually stood about 20 feet higher than the Giant Wheel, with a 70 degree drop angle. No thank you!

I was glad to see that someone captured a giant great white shark and hung it up for everyone to take photos with as you enter the Family Wave Lagoon. I would hate to think that thing was still swimming around in there!

It’s a great gesture on the part of the park owners that drink stations are set up across the park where, if you have a Season Pass (and there’s no reason you shouldn’t!), you can get a soft drink for only one dollar. It’s also really nice that all the water fountains near the restrooms have a contraption where you can fill up an empty bottle with cold water. It’s important to stay hydrated on hot summer days.

There’s a nice area of rides for small children, some of which are still being completed, like the Tea Cups ride I took a photo of. This year they also have a live sea lion show featuring rescued sea lions and a 5D theater featuring a condensed version of the animated children’s film, “Rio,” with moving seats that make you feel like you’re part of the movie.

So if you’re planning to visit Kentucky Kingdom this summer, enjoy Lightning Run and all the new attractions, but as you’re leaving for home in the evening when things are starting to quiet down, perk up your ears. Is that crying baby you hear coming from a tired infant who has been playing in the park all afternoon or is that crying coming from somewhere else?

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A Red Yeti Spotted in Jeffersonville!

Louisville Squatchers and beer lovers take heed! A new expedition called the “Jeffersonville Craft Crawl” is heading out from the Big Four Bridge in search of the legendary Red Yeti!

Ahoy, my landlocked Louisville friends, it’s the Phantom of the Ville calling out from the Big Four Bridge overlooking the murky depths of the Ohio River. In case you hadn’t heard, the Jeffersonville ramp is now open, allowing all us ghouls and ghosts in the Ville to creep right on over and haunt the unsuspecting streets of Jeffersonville.

This weekend I made the journey across the river in search of a legendary beast that Native Americans called Red Sasquatch, known today by the locals as Red Yeti. Back here in the Ville, we have our own mythological creature known as the Pope Lick Monster that lurks near the Pope Lick railroad trestle in Jeffersontown. In Jeffersonville, IN they also have a woolly crypto-creature that lurks near the former six-span railroad truss bridge known as the Big Four Bridge.

The Red Yeti is real. I found him, and he goes by the name of Paul Ronau. Ronau is the owner of the Red Yeti Brewing Company located at 256 Spring Street in Jeffersonville, IN. Red Yeti is a brand new restaurant and brewpub located less than a block from where the Big Four Bridge exits into Jeffersonville. Just look for the furry red Bigfoot logo wearing sunglasses.

“I am the Red Yeti,” says Ronau. “It’s a nickname that came from my time in the army that just stuck. When the drill sergeant would make me do pushups, my face would turn blood red and that, along with my red hair, earned me the name Red Yeti.”

“I’ve always been called Red,” he continues. “My Dad, who was a little guy by the way, was Big Red. I was Little Red. Later, when I used to play a lot of online videogames, I always used Red Yeti as my call sign.”

Originally from Sacramento, CA, Ronau has worked in the IT department for UPS since 2003, during which time he has developed a passion for microbrews that has finally led him to create his own microbrewery. “I’ve got five three-barrel fermenters with which I can make up to five different brews at any given time,” he says.

“I’m just waiting for the TTB (The Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) to sort out my paperwork before I can start brewing and selling my own brand of Red Yeti brews,” admits Ronau. Right now, you can choose from as many as 10 different microbrews on tap every day while you enjoy lunch and/or dinner in the dining area or outside on the patio.

“My wife is the fulltime manger here and we’ve hired an excellent chef, Michael Bowe, to make everything we serve from scratch,” says Ronau. “Michael is formerly of Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse, and he has already created an amazing menu that includes our brisket sandwich, buttermilk fried chicken and smoked pork belly.”

“I’d also like to mention our head bartender, Tabby Hurst, who is the secret weapon that makes everything work around here,” says Ronau. “She’s like a ball of energy. I don’t know what we would do without her!”

“This is an amazing little area for beer lovers,” says Ronau about the several blocks of businesses surrounding Spring Street. “I call it the Jeffersonville Craft Crawl. You can get 50 different craft brews within just a two block area surrounding the Red Yeti.”

So what is the Red Yeti’s favorite beer? “Well, you can’t get it here. It’s from a microbrewery in California called Bear Republic. It’s called Racer 5 IPA. That’s maybe the best beer I’ve ever had.”

Right next door to the Red Yeti, you’ll find one of our favorite places in the Kentuckiana area, Horner Novelty (http://www.louisvillehalloween.com/the-haunted-history-of-horner-novelty/), where you can get a taste of Halloween any time of year in their Dark Room! Just down the street you’ll also find the best candy store in the region, Schimpff’s Confectionary (http://www.louisvillehalloween.com/schimpffs-the-best-halloween-candy-in-the-region/). When I passed Schimpff’s this weekend the shop was already closed, but a crowd had gathered by the store’s kitchen window to watch Warren and Jill Schimpff making their famous Red Hots.

So head out across the Big Four Bridge on the “Jeffersonville Craft Crawl” on your own Red Yeti expedition, and don’t forget to post here about your experience.

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