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Local haunted house is being replaced by a more "family friendly" attraction


POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 10:43pm

The Tyler chapter of the Jacyees is amping up their annual haunted house into something bigger and better.

This year, they're building a 31 thousand sq. ft. maze.

It's that time of year where haunted houses and pumpkin patches are popping up all over East Texas.

And the Jaycees annual Halloween extravaganza.

"Parents are going to love it, I think kids are going to love it and those who want to get scared also we have something in the back for them. So there is something from 0 to 99 to come out here and have a great time with us," said Jacyees president Bobby Jones.

They've had a haunted house for the past 40 years.

"It was all about a scare,"  said Jaycees Treasurer Michelle Perry.

But, this year they wanted to do something a little different.

"We're changing things up to be a little bit more community friendly and the whole family can come out and enjoy this event," said Perry.

Something that won't scare the little ones away.

"I have three kids and there is a lot of kids that don't have anything to do but trick or treat so a lot of the haunted houses around here are really scary and stuff and I just wanted to give a chance to the public to be able to have something for the kiddos to do,'' said Jones.

Jones said he wanted an attraction this year the whole family can enjoy.

And a maze would be perfect for kids and their parents to find their way out together.

But, for those still craving a good scare, the Jaycees also will have another scary attraction.

"It's going to be pretty scary, I won't be going down that," said Perry.  

This, October event raises money for them to put on different family friendly events throughout the year.


Will be open from October the 18th to the 31st. On weekdays (school nights) hours will be 7pm till 10pm and on the weekend they plan to open at 4pm and stay till late when the crowds begin to thin out

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