Batavia Haunted House opens Friday
BATAVIA — The annual Batavia Haunted House in the old elevator at the end of Third Street, just north of the railroad tracks, opens Friday for the Halloween season.
The haunted house will be open from 7-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and will continue those same hours Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29.
“But if people are in line at 11, we’ll stay until there’s no longer a line,” said event coordinator Tycene Weber.
Admission to the haunted house is $7, but admission this opening weekend, Friday and Saturday only, is $5, with the donation of a qualifying canned food or nonperishable item for The Lord’s Cupboard, Jefferson County’s emergency food pantry that serves low-income families food, paper goods, and other essentials.
By “qualifying,” Weber explained, the donated items cannot be expired. “Be sure to check the expiration dates on the food,” she said.
This is the second year the Batavia Haunted House has collected items for The Lord’s Cupboard.
The haunted house is a fund-raising event for the Batavia Days Committee. The committee uses proceeds to support the Batavia Days celebration each summer, several local Christmas programs, scholarships for graduating Cardinal and Fairfield graduating seniors and other activities throughout the community.
The Ottumwa Boxing Club, whose members will be volunteering at the haunted house, also will benefit from the event. The funds will help pay for memberships and equipment for those who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
Volunteers from Cardinal school also will be working at the haunted house and manning a concession stand, with homemade doughnuts, hot dogs and drinks. Proceeds from the concession stand will help fund the Cardinal eighth-grade students’ Washington, D.C., trip.
“We still need volunteers,” said Weber. “Everyone is welcome to come and join the fun.”
For information, call Weber at 919-4442 or visit the Batavia Days Facebook page.
Midwest Haunted Rails continues
Midwest Central Railroad and Old Threshers’ Midwest Electric Railway have taken on an eerie feel for the annual “Ghost Train of No Return” and the “Ghostly Trolley” at McMillan Park in Mt. Pleasant.
The Midwest Haunted Rails is open from 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and again Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29.
A $10 wristband allows unlimited rides on the Ghost Train of No Return, the Ghostly Trolley, and the Haunted Carousel, as well as unlimited access to a spooky maze, carnival rides and inflatables. Children 4 and under are admitted at no cost.
Games and food are available at an extra charge.
The Midwest Central Railroad’s “Great Pumpkin Train” returns to the Midwest Haunted Rails Saturday and Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. Tickets will be available from 4-4:30 p.m. at the North End General Store, and the train leaves at 4:35 p.m. The $5 per person ticket price includes a pumpkin and decorating supplies.
For information about Midwest Haunted Rails, visit the website www.mcrr.org.
The Old Thrashers House of Terror is a separately priced event located elsewhere in McMillan Park.
The house of terror is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and again Oct. 20-22, 27-29 and Oct. 31. Hours are 6:30-10 p.m. on Thursdays and Oct. 31. It opens at 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with no set closing time.
The cost is $10 per person. Anyone 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. A limited number of $15 “fast pass” tickets are available each night. A fast-pass ticket holder is able to go to the front of the line.
For information, visit the website www.thrashershouseofterror.com.