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Haunted house in Hollister scares for good cause

Haunted Ozarks-Decent is raising money for Project Graduation at several local high schools

September 30, 2011|by Jay Scherder, KY3 News | jscherder@ky3.com

HOLLISTER, Mo --   Terrifying, scary, and frightening are not words you usually associate with a charity event. One haunted house in Hollister is doing just that, however.

The first year was a learning experience at Haunted Ozarks, but this year they are back bigger than ever and scarier than ever.  They started planning in March, construction started Aug. 1, and now the doors are open to any who dare.

"It's a season where you get to be a kid and get away with it," said Haunted Ozarks co-owner Joe Blackerby.

Ghouls and goblins and ghosts and spiders -- haunted house season is here.

"We got together and wanted to provide a safe, fun environment for teenagers and kids of all ages and come and get scared to death," said Blackerby.

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"This year we came back and increased the size of the maze by at least a third," he said.

Every turn has a new surprise. Sounds and lights come from every direction.

Normally an empty warehouse, Haunted Ozarks transforms into a nightmare.

The haunted house doesn't rely a whole lot on animatronics, but instead uses lots of actors who are ready to jump out at you around every turn.

While the haunted house has plenty of creepy crawlies, it also has a softer side.

A good portion of the proceeds helps soon-to-be graduates have a little fun.  Ozark, Spokane, Reeds Spring, Forsyth, and Hollister are all schools benefiting from the haunted house.

"Project Graduation was something we really felt strongly about because a lot of our customers are teenagers in high school," said Blackerby.

They are raising money one scream at a time.

The Haunted House is at 197 Evergreen Street in Hollister.  The admission price is $13, but they have a lot of coupons available.  They can be found at the Spirit Halloween store, Luigi's Pizza Kitchen, and online

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