The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 29, 2012

Spookhouses enter final days of season

From staff reports

— Halloween attractions and events enter their final week of operation. Despite Halloween falling on a Wednesday, several attractions will run for one more weekend — two with dark changes.

The Manor and The Asylum Nightmare will turn all lights off and let attendees walk through with nothing but glow sticks.

“We keep the same audio and characters, and it’s really effective,” said Chris McGowan, co-owner of Asylum. “The bad thing about a glowstick is that when you hold it out, you become a target.”

The following attractions will be open for business throughout the week:

Strangler’s Grove

Strangler’s Grove, at Dover Hill on North Main Street in Joplin, features three main components this year:

• The Strangler’s Grove haunted attraction: A 1/3-mile haunted trail winds through the park.

Based around the crash of a circus train, the trail gives the opportunity for actors to provide the scares, not special effects.

Most of the sets are made from donated or recycled items and decorated to match the circus theme.

• Historic Ghost Tours: Instead of walking through downtown Joplin, storytellers will tell their tales at the top of Dover Hill.

• Scare Faire: An outdoor group of Halloween-related vendors. The festival will include vendors, live music and carnival-style entertainment.

Though the festival is free to attend, admission to the haunted trail and storytelling are $10 each. Value bracelets for both are available for $17. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department. The rest will help Dream Theatre acquire and establish a permanent location for future haunts.

Its final night of operation is today.

Details: 417-439-2420.

The Manor

The Manor, the new name of Raycliff Manor, 4706 Gateway Drive, four miles south of I-44 and Range Line Road in Joplin, is open from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Attendees can go through with only the light of a glowstick.

Admission: $10. Line-skipping passes available.

Details: 417-206-0674.

Spooky Post Memorial Library

The Post Memorial Art Reference Library, 300 Main St., has been transformed from an English-style great hall into a spooky haunted manor, complete with myriad bats, spiders, cobwebs and other creepy decorations.

The display will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Details: 782-7678 or

Wolfman’s House of Screams

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Wolfman’s House of Screams opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Directions: North on Highway 43, west on Highway 96, north on County Road 260, 1/4 mile to King Lane, turn west on King Lane to Spook House.

Admission: $10. Group discounts available. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Details: 417-437-5306 or 417-825-2005.

Fear Factory Haunted House

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Fear Factory, 2455 South County Lane 121, two miles east of the roundabout in southern Carthage, opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Admission: $8. Group rates available.

Details: 417-793-0297.

Barns on Haunted Hill

ORONOGO, Mo. — The Barns on Haunted Hill, 23162 Maple Road, near Oronogo, features more than 90,000 square feet of terrors, including three barns, two trails and more.

It is open from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Admission: $10. Group discounts available. Proceeds benefit the Jasper Junior Commerce Club.

Details: 417-291-6102.

Dexter’s Haunted House of Horror

COLUMBUS, Kan. — Set in the old Simpson Funeral Home, Dexter’s Haunted House of Horror features three levels of spooks.

It is located at 323 S. Kansas Ave. It is open from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Admission: $12; $14 at the gate.

Details: 620-208-6717.

Asylum Nightmare

CHETOPA, Kan. — Asylum Nightmare is in an old nursing home at 938 W. Elm St. in Chetopa. The attraction now has a staff of about 150 characters and security workers in the facility’s rooms.

It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The last two days of operation will be in “lights out” style, where participants navigate through the house with only a glowstick.

Admission: $12, $10 for kids 16 and younger. Group discounts and line-skipping passes available.

Details: 620-719-7462.

Verona Corn Maize

VERONA, Mo. — Field of Screams is open Friday and Saturday. Campfires are $10 per hour by reservation.

Ages 12 and older, $8; ages 5-11, $4; 4 and younger free.

Details: 417-498-6191 or