Third Floor of Terror will open at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, for its fifth year as a fundraising event. This year, the opening weekend's proceeds will go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
The haunted house volunteers decided to raise funds for a national charity as well as the local ambulance base this year, building on what has become a successful annual fundraiser.
"We decided on St. Jude because we believe it's a good charity," said Eric Vines of Mountain View, event co-director.
"The research they do, and the children they help -- that's why we are excited to raise funds for St. Jude," added co-director Eric Woosley of West Plains. "St. Jude helps those who can't help themselves."
On Saturday night, Oct. 15, the haunted house will also offer up barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs. Information on St. Jude's services will be available both nights.
"When we contacted St. Jude about the event, they provided pamphlets about their services to hand out. The pamphlets will be available that weekend at the haunted house's admissions desk," said Vines.
The haunted house, a family-friendly event, will be open Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 and 31 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children over 12, $3 for children 7-12 and $1 for children 6 and under.
"Ever since I've been involved, we've tried to make this a family event, whether it's the children and parents going through the house or the children and parents acting in the house," said Woosley. "We want people to be scared but we don't want them to have nightmares."
"We can tone down the experience for children, if requested in advance at the admissions desk," explained Vines.
Parents are encouraged to prepare their children for the haunted house.
Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult, and no refunds are given once tickets are purchased.
The haunted house features a phobia room, a real coffin donated by a funeral home, a maze and more.
"Every year the house gets more detailed and more fun," said Vines. "We encourage everyone to visit the haunted house Oct. 14 and 15 and experience a little frightful fun."
The haunted house is located at the Oregon County-Thayer Ambulance Base, 203 Front Street, Thayer. For more information or for directions, visit the haunted house web site at www.3rdfloorofterror.com.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the world's premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers.
St. Jude is the only pediatric research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay.