"Popping" up in the old popcorn plant in Schaller are creepy creatures of the night. Hosted by the Schaller Jaycees, the haunted house in Schaller has been a tradition for over two decades that keeps those spook-lovers coming back each year to visit.
The haunted house is located at 207 W. First St. It will be open Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hours are 8 p.m. until the last visitors go through. There will also be a lighted matinee for those who do not want to see it in the dark on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
Hold on to your shorts - all the way to the second floor - you never know who might jump out! Think you won't be scared? Think again. The chain saw room is back; it is the one room where everyone gets the hebbie jeebies.
The Jaycees have great fun planning the haunted house and new ways to "scare people," said member Kris Bloyer, who has been helping with the haunted house for 20 years and was a visitor in the Jaycees haunted houses before that as a high school student. They begin serious planning in the summer so they are ready for their spooky fun in October.
The Jaycees are always looking for volunteers to help on the haunting side. The only requirement is that they must be 18 or over. Call Holly Ehrp at 712-210-1065 if interested.
The Jaycees also take their haunting jobs very seriously. It is great fun when people they know go through and can be called by name; nothing like being creeped out by a spook knowing who you are!
"I don't really like haunted houses but it is fun to scare people," Ehrp said.
Just what is it about visiting a haunted house? Being scared - especially in an environment that is actually completely safe - is a thrill but it's also funny. Everybody laughs after they get scared. And it's fun to see someone else get scared. It's a very primitive thing. Laughing and being scared.
For the Jaycees, the more fright they can share the better; that actually pumps them up to dish out more, the members agree. It often takes them time after the last visitors have left to bring their adrenaline back down; this is also a good time for the Jaycees to talk about the night and share stories.
The haunted house costs just $5 - one os the cheapest around. The Jaycees are proud to keep that price reasonable enough for people to keep coming back, sometimes several times throughout the season.
All profits from the haunted house are used by the Jaycees for community projects. Over the years the haunted house dollars have gone towards an addition to the community center, the community pool, the EMT program, and several other community causes.