hauntingly familiar task
Jaycees prepare for this year's haunted house
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[October 06, 2008]
The Lincoln Jaycees have been chartered in this
community for 52 years. Going back almost to the beginning, their
haunted house in the month of October has been a signature event of
Chris Harbor, the current president of the Jaycees, recently
walked through the buildings that were being transformed into a maze
to thrill and scare children and adults alike, explaining the
procedures to get the buildings ready.
There was still a lot of work to do before the inaugural date of
Oct. 10, but he was confident that, as always, the show would be
ready in time.
This year the Jaycees offered a course on how to
build a haunted house. The plan was twofold. First, it would be
educational for those who were interested in the dynamics of such a
project. Secondly, there was an opportunity to reach new volunteers
and perhaps even recruit a few new members. Like service
organizations all over, the Jaycees could use a few more good
This year's haunted house is located at 1728 Tremont St., in the
former MTI welding school buildings. The current owner, Greg Patel
of Lincoln, has kindly allowed the Jaycees to use the buildings for
The two large buildings will allow for plenty of twists and turns
with numerous nooks and crannies for ghouls, ghosts and goblins to
lurk and wait for visitors.
Although many residents associate the Jaycees with this one
annual project, they do a great deal more during the year, including
the Senior Feast, Breakfast with Santa and the Angel Tree. The
organization also has a 50/50 raffle that they operate at the
Speedway during racing season.
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The dates for this year's haunted house are Oct. 10-11, 16-18,
23-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1.
The times are 7-10 p.m. Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. Fridays and
Tickets are $5 with a special: "Buy one, get one free on
There is a special matinee for kids on Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m.
with admission only $1. At the matinee, the lights will be on, there
will be treats, and friendly ghosts and monsters will visit with the
youngsters and those older, or who might be a little faint at heart.
You can find out more about the haunted house and the Lincoln
[News release; LDN]