The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local News

October 24, 2010

Police, fire associations host "Fright Night" haunted house

PALESTINE — The Palestine Police Officer’s Association and Palestine Firefighter’s Association have joined forces for its first ever “Fright Night” haunted house event this week.

The four-night event is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. nightly from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 31 at the old garment factory at 3600 W. Oak St. across from Sterling Auto in Palestine .

“The location is perfect for us,” event organizer Kari Rose Perez said. “The owner was very willing to donate the building. He was a godsend to us in putting this event together.”

Designed as an alternate to haunted houses in larger cities, Fright Night is geared toward young adults and teenagers. The scenes have a safety theme without leaving out all the scare factor a haunted house requires.

“We have about 35 people involved in Fright Night, from set up to acting in the scenes,” Perez said. “Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Explorers will be on site to help and there will be plenty of security on site from the Associations.”

According to Perez, having a local haunted house has been in discussion for years as a fundraiser, with organizers putting their ideas into action this year.

“The Firefighter’s Association is invited to events for other non-profits, presenting safety programs, providing scholarships and just being part of community events,” she said. “The Police Officer’s Association is in a rebuilding time and is trying to be more active in the community as well.”

Admission to Fright Night is $5 per person, with concessions available. All costs and proceeds are split evenly between the two associations for protecting and serving the city of Palestine .

It is recommend that children aged 10 and under be accompanied by an adult. The event concludes each evening when no one is left in line.

“We are so excited about Fright Night and expect to have a big turnout,” Perez said. “We definitely hope to make this an annual event.”

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