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Durham Jaycees scare up new home for haunted house

Posted October 19, 2009

— For 36 years, the Durham Jaycees has been scaring the Triangle for a good cause. Now, the group hopes a new location in the American Tobacco Campus will make for an even spookier haunted house.

"It has a theme of a haunted prison, so you can expect all of your favorite prison scares," said Rachel Filip, chairwoman of the Jaycees' haunted house committee.

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The set will include an electric chair, coffins and ghoulish inmates.

"It's really fun, especially when you have an adult that's coming through the house and you are able to jump out and scare them," Jaycees President Baxter Webb said.

Organizers said they hope the haunted house scares up about 2,000 visitors this year, which would be a 33 percent increase over attendance in recent years. More people means more money the Jaycees can donate to charity.

"The sky's the limit always for fundraising," Filip said.

A different local charity will benefit each night.

"To know that we are helping out with (charities) in some capacity, it's really a great thing," Webb said.

The haunted house will be open nightly Friday through next Sunday and again nightly between Oct. 28 and Halloween.


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  • beachboater Oct 20, 2009

    The Jaycees are a great organization, as were the Jaycettes back in the 80's. I don't think you will find anyone that was a member of either organization prior to the merger that wouldn't tell you the merger hurt both organizations.

    It was court ordered. So sad.

  • Outside the Beltline Oct 20, 2009

    Please go to the haunted house! The Jaycees do lots of good work in our state, so this is a great way to have fun and help out with their charity work.

  • scarletindurham Oct 20, 2009

    lol Space Mountain...

    I have lived in Durham for 10 years and I still have never been to Jaycee's haunted house! I am determined to go this year since they've moved it here.

  • Space Mountain Oct 20, 2009

    You don't need a haunted house in Durham to be scared there.