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There were plenty of thrills at Central School’s third annual Spook House held Sunday. The event is held to raise awareness of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

There were plenty of thrills at Central School’s third annual Spook House held Sunday. The event is held to raise awareness of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

There were plenty of thrills at Central School’s third annual Spook House held Sunday. The event is held to raise awareness of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

There were plenty of thrills at Central School’s third annual Spook House held Sunday. The event is held to raise awareness of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

Spook House sets stage for Halloween

Last Modified: Thursday, October 31, 2013 2:40 PM

By Lance Traweek / American Press

Dressed up like Friday the 13th’s Jason, Nine-year-old Brandon Smith, of Lake Charles, braved the haunted house like a pro, saying that the only part he disliked were the loud shrills from the other children.

“I didn’t like the screaming part in my ear,” Smith said.

This was his second time to attend Central School’s 3rd annual Spook House, which he attended Sunday with his parents.

“I saw a lot of zombies, clowns and movie themes,” he said.

Lines wrapped around the school for more than an hour and organizers expected more than 2,000 people were in attendance. Children navigated through the third floor, which took more than a week to decorate. The haunted house featured other spooky characters such as mad scientists and witches and a Wizard of Oz-themed yellow brick road.

Linda Francois, of Lake Charles, went through the haunted house with her grandchildren.

“They wanted to come out and enjoy the haunted house, and I wanted to spend time with them,” Francois said. “It was very fearful. They were pretty scared, but I was there to support them. They were grabbing on to me and holding me around my waist.”

Her grandson, Eight-year-old Zane Meche said his favorite part was when he got out of the haunted house.

Laura Leach, chairman of Friends of Central School, said the Spook House helps people aware of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, which opened its doors Sunday free of charge to the public.

“When we were children, Halloween was celebrated here. My father, who was active in the Little Theater told ghost stories,” she said. “We kept hearing that the top floor is haunted, so about three years ago we decided to try the haunted house. It’s been very successful.”

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