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Hillsboro haunted house plays off 1952 school fire


A Metro high school is using a mysterious piece of its history to its advantage this Halloween.

"The whole story behind our haunted house is that Hillsboro burned down in 1952 on Halloween night, and no one really knows why that happened. And so we took that idea and decided to run with it and make a haunted house based on that premise," said history and government teacher Seth Swihart.

Hillsboro High School's haunted house takes people through the building's darkest corners in the areas that didn't burn in 1952.

The beauty of having all that raw material is that teachers and students didn't have to do any decorating. They told us the basement of the school is creepy enough on its own.

Sixty students are volunteering their time on the big production.

"I've always sort of wanted to run a haunted house. For years, I've run a little yard haunt in my front yard, and this year, when I heard about this, I just sort of latched on to it and I've ended up being really involved. And I love it," said student Evan Fannin.

Without giving too much away, we're told thrill-seekers will experience part of the mystery of Halloween night 1952 and some of the ghosts of the building that didn't make it out.

This is the first year for Hillsboro's haunted house, and it seems to be a success.

"The screaming has been genuine, and it's been loud and frequent," Swihart said.

Admission is $10, and your last chance to see the haunted house is Wednesday evening.

The tours start at 7 p.m. and take about 20 to 25 minutes.

The last group will be taken in at about 10:40 p.m.

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