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Durham Jaycees scare up new home for haunted house

Posted October 19, 2009 7:11 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2009 7:21 p.m. EDT

— 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.

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.