MINERAL WELLS - The New Era School House held its annual haunted house Saturday.
Max Barker, president of the New Era One Room School Museum, said the haunted house is one of two fundraisers for the museum.
"This and our kite festival are out big fundraisers," he said. "The building needs a paint job and this will raise the funds.
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
A ghost modeled after Edvard Munch’s “Scream” invites visitors to answer a phone for a message.
Barker said the haunted school always brings out the crowds.
"Typically we have 500 here for a two-night event and this year we're going to two weekends," he said. "We had 123 total for our first night this year," he said. "We'll also ave story telling around the campfire and refreshments will be sold."
Barker said the tour of the school takes about 10 minutes and it also includes three buildings on the school grounds featuring more fright scenes for visitors. Barker said the tour is geared toward a forgotten group for Halloween.
"It's geared toward children," he said. "There are a lot a spooky places around but none or our stuff is overly frightening so it's good for the younger children."
Don Williams, a museum committee member, said this year's haunted house had a clown theme.
"We are thinking of going for aliens next year," he said. "We try to change the theme every year."
Williams said changing the theme allows them to use different props in different ways and keep the tour fresh.
"We change things up every year and have new things along with new items each year," he said. "We tried to have a haunted hay ride this years on the trial behind Mineral Wells School but we couldn't get permission from the owner, but maybe we will next year."
Stephanie Thorne of Mineral Wells said she has brought her family to the haunted house for the last three years.
"They love it and they like being scared," she said. "It's good enough because my kids are little and it doesn't push over the edge to where they have nightmares. They love getting a little spooked. I recommend it to everyone."