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  • Odd Fellows prepares to open haunted house in Blue Springs

  • Entering its third year, the Odd Fellows of Blue Springs will swing open its doors at 1004 W. Main St. and bring out the ghouls.

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  • While one Blue Springs haunted house waits to open, another haunted house will open on Friday.
    Entering its third year, the Odd Fellows of Blue Springs will swing open its doors at 1004 W. Main St. and bring out the ghouls.
    The three weekend event is the organization’s way of providing some entertainment to the city and helping local families in need.
    “It’s our way of giving back,” Rick Shirk, fundraising coordinator for the organization, said.
    Last year the organization was able to raise $1,800 in profit, all of which was sent to selected local and distant families.
    “The money goes to families mostly in the area, but it does help people in other states, wherever it’s needed,” Shirk said.
    While the layout is the same as in previous years, the ghoulish offerings are a bit different this year, Shirk said. The Tunnel of Terror is new, and there is a clown room. It’s all contained in an area that, when emptied in November, surprises volunteers and members.
    “When we tear it down, everyone is always surprised that we fit so much in such a small space.”
    The cost is $6 per person, though a dollar off coupon is available at the door. All ages are welcome, and Shirk said for the youngest of the young, a guide will either go through with them or enter beforehand and tell monsters inside to tone it down.
    “We certainly don’t want to scare the little ones, so we make that change,” Shirk said.
    The haunted house will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 and 16, Oct. 22 and 23 and Oct. 29, 30 and 31.
    It’s good news for residents that there is a working haunted house. A proposed haunted house called “Nightmare On 7” in the White Oak Plaza continues to wait on city approval to open their haunted offering.
    A city spokesperson on Tuesday said the city continues to work with the applicant, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, which spent about 1,000 work hours and $5,000 to open the haunted house.
    But the city put a stop-work order on the door because there is no sprinkler system in the building. The proposal was initially classified under assembly, which requires a sprinkler system.
    The news got Shirk’s attention, who contacted the city and applied for a permit.
    “We didn’t have one the last couple of years,” he said. “We were concerned that we should probably get one, and we did.”
    Shirk said the organization has no immediate plans to expand in the years to come.
    “Most of the members who put it on are older, and we want to keep it here at this location,” Shirk said. “So we’re happy with where we have it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Odd Fellows’ haunted offering will also be open during the city’s annual Boo Springs Harvest Fest. That event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 30.
    Activities at the festival include trick-or-treating at outdoor booths and inside Main Street businesses. Games, crafts and inflatables will be available, as will a haunted maze.
    Most of the activities are free, according to Pam Buck, recreation superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department.
    The Odd Fellows haunted house will be a $1 on Oct. 30, Shirk said, and will be toned down. Temporary tattoos will be given out free during the Harvest Festival.

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