Booville comes to B'ville

Michael Piraino, left, Cindy Martens and Jason Piraino.

Michael Piraino, left, Cindy Martens and Jason Piraino. Photo by Tami Scott.

The Attic. The Cage. The Incinerator?

For those of you who love to jump out of your skin, just those names should give you goosebumps!

These three haunted houses will be open for thrill seekers beginning this weekend as B’ville turns into Booville throughout the month of October.

“It’s not all scary,” said Jason Piraino, co-organizer of Booville, along with his brother Michael, friend Cindy Martens and new partner Jim Orlando, owner of the B’ville Diner. Located behind the landmark eatery at 18 E. Genesee St. in Baldwinsville, the 15,000 square foot complex will provide visitors with artist-designed haunted houses, theatre, food service, vendors, pumpkin carving, live music and costume after parties.

“When we were young, our mom would take us to pumpkin farms and all these fun things and now it seems like Halloween is just super scary and gross or sexy adult and drunk,” said Jason, who stressed that they want every age to feel welcome and partake in various activities that range from cute to spooky. “We’ll have kid-friendly stuff on the premises and if you want to bring your 15-year-old and they like to be scared, fine. You can go carve a pumpkin. We’re going to have a whole family entertainment complex this year.”

Growing up, Halloween was a treat for the whole family, the brothers said, so they would go all out as the holiday approached. In high school, the Central Square natives would put on similar type “Boovilles” and they would get rave reviews from their community. They decided to get back into it after a recent return home from living in Florida.

“I moved back, I didn’t have a job, ‘let’s just start it,’” Michael had said to Jason. “That’s how we got started doing it again and it’s just turned into a monster we can’t stop.”

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