Carpenter's Mortuary Spook House Attractions

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 at 7:00pm

Carpenter's Mortuary
136 East Main Street
Gentry, AR 72734

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This season at Carpenter’s Mortuary Spook House is gonna be the wickedest ever!

Remember, walking through a haunted attraction has very little in common with attending a big concert or sporting event: You’re not sitting still and shoulder to shoulder in a huge crowd of strangers. Quite the opposite; you’re constantly moving in single-file along with just a few of your close friends or family, and the intention is to keep you isolated from others! So, if you think about it, the nature of Haunted Attractions has always been about social distancing! And since we love our monsters and victims (visitors!), we want to tell you about the additional changes (improvements!) we’ve made due to Covid-19.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the queue room entrance and at the haunt exit. It’s actually ectoplasm mixed with embalming fluid. You’ll love it!

Visitors waiting in the queue room will be separated into groups of no more than 4. Groups of 3, 2, or even 1 are fine.

Groups will be composed Only of buddies, amigos, family members, or household comrades. No strangers in your group!

A distance of 6 feet will be maintained between groups at all times.

Ground markings will direct your group where to stand. Staff will assist.

Visitors will be reminded NOT to slow down or stop inside the haunt.

Natural touch points such as railings will be frequently sanitized by staff. Remember: Do not touch props or actors. This has ALWAYS been our rule.

Room dividers such as hanging sheets have been removed.

All visitors and staff will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Hey, Halloween is all about masks! Trick yours out, make it scary! If you forgot your mask, we’ll have some for sale at the ticket booth.

Actors and staff may occasionally come closer to you than 6 feet, but everyone will be wearing face coverings, and the encounters will be extremely brief.

And if you ask the phantoms who hang out in Gentry's old mortuary, they might tell you theirs. It’s true that most encounters with them have been described as little more than HELLISH SCREAMING followed by the sensation of having flesh pealed from bone. But on rare, quiet nights, they’ve been known to flit around the place, gibbering about the past, about the Carpenter Building . . . and what happened there.

If you listen closely, you might hear them whisper about the year 1929, about Eunice “Mother” Carpenter, and how the thought of her erecting such a highfalutin structure in such a bush-league town was downright laughable. But that’s what she did. She hired a big-shot architect to design it, and it was the weirdest, topsy-turviest monster he ever created—half department store, half death parlor; a place where you could buy everything from carnival glass to moustache wax, and then have grandpa’s autopsy and funeral performed, all under one roof.

They laid the final brick in October, the same month Wall Street’s crash kicked off the Great Depression.

This lousy bit of timing threatened to doom Mother’s big plans to stillbirth; because even though her undertakers stayed busy (poverty and malnutrition in rural Benton County guaranteed a steady flow embalming fluid), nobody could afford to shop in her store—the retail operation was dead on arrival. And yet she hung on, even thrived.

The ghosts claim to know how she did it; they say she made a secret deal with the State to house children from its overcrowded orphanage in the vacant parts of her building, that she embezzled the money meant for their care and let them starve and freeze. They accuse her morticians of torture, experimentation . . . murder.

In the fall of 1950, Mother Carpenter suddenly and mysteriously sold out and vanished. The building sat empty, neglected. Maybe that’s when the ghosts started yapping. Who knows. They murmur about their final living moments in that decrepit, awful place; the night when, out of fear of an impending investigation, Mother and her goons cremated the remaining children.

Some of the ghosts say they were still alive when they started burning.

Music:
Music plays a major role in the history of Mortuary Studios.

Despite humble beginnings with primitive equipment, The Mortuary as a recording facility has amassed a large body of work. The artists there have written, composed, performed, and recorded hundreds of songs. Many of them are available for purchase online through CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, and other digital distributors.

The musicians of Mortuary Studios have also formed several live acts over the years, always using The Mortuary as a rehearsal hall:

The Regent, with its high energy electronic pop... the unplugged acoustic sound of The Morticians... and more recently, The Gender Max, a funk/rock band heard at live music venues in and around Northwest Arkansas.

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