HOISINGTON — Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill Hoisington’s Haunted Heights Haunted House, 257 S. Main. For those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction will be open beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-31.
The house has been tripled in size since last year with the addition of the first floor of the building. The features have been redesigned, and this year, will include a light bar and siren from a police car as well as hidden rooms and a secret passageway.
Live actors and surprise characters roam throughout the house. Guides will take viewers through. About 40 people volunteer at the house.
"We don’t do cute," said Don Doerschlag, organizer of the event. "We do scary."
Smoke will fill the air from smoke machines accompanied by the sounds of All Hallow’s Eve.
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In addition, an evil clown makes his home in the house. "People hate evil clowns," said Doerschlag.
The cost is $5 or $4 with a donation to the food bank. Last year, Doerschlag collected 600 pounds of food and $800 in cash from business sponsors.
Doerschlag and his partner Cecil Fabian of Fabian Productions have been working on the thrills every weekend since January. Doerschlag said that they would like to recover the project’s cost, but it is not a money-making venture, he said. "We did it for the community."
"Fabian has ghoul is in his blood," said Doerschlag. Fabian has been designing haunted houses for 20 years and Doerschlag has designed the scary homes for 10 years.
Businesses sponsor the house with those proceeds going to the food bank.