From staff reports
Halloween may still be two weekends away, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get some thrills, chills and shivers up your spine.
A number of local spookhouses and haunted trails are already open, with other activities planned for later in the month.
• Raycliffe Manor Haunted Attraction is an indoor maze of horror for those who are brave enough to enter.
The attraction is open from 7 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 29-31. Admission prices start at $13.
Raycliffe Manor Haunted Attraction is located on Highway 71B at 4706 Gateway Drive in Joplin, three miles south of I-44 on Range Line.
Details: 624-1414 or www.raycliffemanor.com.
• The Haunted Hollow Spook Trail opens today on Jaguar Road, in a field about a mile south of Flying J on East 32nd St.
The “Home of the Haunted Hearse” will open at dark today, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-25 and Oct. 28-31.
Admission is $10 per person.
Details: 417-825-1023 or www.jomohaunts.com.
• Wolfman’s House of Screams opens today north of Joplin.
The spookhouse will be open at 7 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23-24; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 28; and 7 p.m. Oct. 29-31.
To reach the spookhouse, go north on Hwy. 43, then west on Hwy. 96. Turn north on County Road 260, then turn left on King Lane.
Admission is $10, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Details: 417-437-5306, 417-825-2005 or www.jomohaunts.com.
• Maullers Frightmare offers a re-creation of a haunted town in the mid-1880s.
Located at 7548 E. 20th St., 3.6 miles east of Range Line, the family owned spook house is donating 10 percent of proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The cost is $10 per person, and hours are 7 p.m. to midnight today, Friday and Saturday; Oct. 22-25; and Oct. 29-31.
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