Sammy Terry, the spooktacular entertainer who captivated Hoosier television viewers every weekend in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, is ready for some new “frightmares” — and his search is returning him to Linton.
The Hoosier Horror legend, who appeared mostly on local television affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis, will revive chills and thrills from the last 50 years as he meets and greets those who attend the “Frightmares Haunted House” from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at Linton’s Humphreys City Park. Appearance visitors can head directly to the haunted house at 688 ‘A’ St. NW in Linton or save their ticket to the haunt for a less busy night.
Terry will be greeting those who plan to go through the Haunted House and invite them to get his autograph, pose for pictures and check out his latest merchandise.
Terry started frightening Hoosiers in 1962. Last year he was inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame as being the longest running Horror Host in American history.
“One of the things that made Sammy so unique was that when he was speaking, you felt as if he could be in the very same room or just outside your window,” said Indianapolis-area resident Melodie Donovan. “You almost wet your pants and you end up laughing. That is when horror is fun.”
Terry seems energized by a fan base that won’t let his legacy die. Recently, he performed a sold-out stage show in Muncie where enthusiastic crowds greeted him. His return to live events last year has been met with broad smiles from thousands of happily horrified people and fans who have stood patiently in line for more than an hour to get a picture with him or an autograph.
Many in these crowds were graying 50-somethings who brought their children, creating perhaps a new generation of fans for the memorable character.
Linton fans can revisit the chills from their earlier years by watching Terry-hosted digital shorts at www.indianas4.com.
For more information visit www.sammyterrynightmares.com.