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October 21, 2013

Jacksonville College band hosts haunted house

JACKSONVILLE —

Jacksonville College's very special pre-Halloween Haunted House has been described by officials as "a Christian alternative to a world of scary things."

As the calendar notches approach Oct. 31 —Halloween — think of this event as fear without tears.

This haunted house, titled "An Exscream Haunted House With A Christian Finale," will be presented  by the Jacksonville College Band Oct. 24-31.

It takes place at 401 Kickapoo St., on the corner of North Bolton and Kickapoo Streets across from Champ’s Convenience Store.

A similar event last year was so popular it attracted over 700 students, officials said in an issued media statement.

However, the event is not recommended for children younger than 11. This year is expected to raise the bar when it comes to manageable horror.

“Our band members and other Jacksonville College students have worked tirelessly to create an incredibly scary attraction," explained Exscream coordinator Mike Kellogg in the release. "Those entering will encounter …  zombies everywhere, a room full of coffins, more clowns than you can stand, a ‘maze of black,’ spiders, and snakes in a 100 year old three story house."

As stated earlier, this very special haunted house will be open to the public Oct. 24 through Oct. 31. On weekdays, the doors are open from 7:30 to 11 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will reopen 7:30 p.m. until midnight.

The cost for students with an ID is $5. Adults pay $8. Cash only.

The event is sponsored by Jacksonville College, City Pawn Shop, and Harry’s Building Materials.  Proceeds will go to the Jacksonville College Band.

Due to popular demand, a chain saw wielding clown will return this year as well, said Kellogg, former Rusk band director and current Jacksonville College band director.

"What makes this amazing haunted house unique will be the ending," he said. "Our plan is to give visitors a Christian alternative to a world of scary things.”

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