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Haunted House in Truckee

Katherine Morris

Something spooky is coming this way once again – ghosts have overrun Truckee’s recreation center for the annual Halloween festivities.

“Halloween 2002,” sponsored by Tahoe Truckee High School’s leadership class and the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, features a freaky haunted house and “kids karnival” with booths for face painting, bobbing for apples, beanbag tosses, a cake walk and a fishing game.

This year, the faces behind the scary masks and makeup will be those of the 100-or-so Tahoe Truckee High School students putting on the event.

For the last few weeks, students have been working late into the night, sketching out each room, gathering supplies and setting up.

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“Everyone’s already put in at least 20 hours of work on this between meetings and actual preparation – some of us a lot more,” said Brody Dwyer, TTHS junior and project manager for “Halloween 2002.” “We’re really thankful to Roundtable for hooking us up with two-for-one pizzas while we’re working.”

The event is part of “Make a Difference Day,” a chance for local students to participate in projects that give back to the community.

“It’s really fun for us, the students, when we can look back on something we’ve done and know that we’ve created something that other people enjoy – if we can show others a good time,” Dwyer said as he browsed over the list of haunted rooms and supplies still needed.

TTHS leadership class teacher Sasha Neumann added that the event helps bring different groups of the student body together.

“It challenges social norms and often gets students involved who normally wouldn’t do these types of things,” Neumann said. “It’s really the highlight of the year for some these kids – the one project they really look forward to.”

One difference in this year’s event is the addition of the Kids Karnival.

“In the past we’ve had a ‘not so haunted house’ for the really little kids, but this year, we wanted to do something where the kids could be more interactive – Karnival games,” Neumann said.

There will also be Spanish-speakers on-hand to help with events.

“We really want the whole community to come out for this,” Dwyer said.

Most of the money raised goes into covering the costs of supplies for the event, while the rest goes towards other events for TTHS.

“This is always a fun event for the whole community,” Dwyer said. “Even the adults and the older kids love it. It’s a good time for everyone – that’s what this is really all about.”

“The Haunted House and Kids Karnival” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Friday, Oct. 25, from 6:15-8:30 p.m. at the recreation center in downtown Truckee. The cost of event is $3 for the haunted house and $.50 per ticket for karnival events. One or two tickets are required per karnival booth.


 

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