Church on the North Coast in Lorain depicts school shooting, Cleveland kidnapping at 'Trip to Hell'

Church says it's using Halloween to promote hope

LORAIN, Ohio - The Church on the North Coast in Lorain is expecting thousands to visit its "Trip to Hell", which opens Friday night.

It's a trip that begins with a fatal drunken driving crash and ends at a funeral. In the middle there's a scene depicting an abortion, a school shooting and a man sitting in a room holding three young women against their will. It comes less than a year after 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and just months after three missing women were found in a Cleveland home.

"We hope you'll see these images and realize that evil exists in the earth," said Pastor Troy Thompson. "Our ultimate goal is to provide hope to mankind."

Thompson said he's received inquiries from as far away as Oklahoma and Texas. He said the church is using the Halloween season to get its message across, but he's adamant that his production is not a haunted house.

"We could care less about being spooky and scary," he said. "We're just using it as a tool to communicate the love of Jesus and the hope of Christ to the earth."

"Trip to Hell" is open every Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. through the first weekend of November at 4125 Leavitt Rd. in Lorain. Admission is $10.

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