Schools specializing in autism put on haunted house

Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 5:28 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Oasis NC, a school designed for children with autism spectrum disorder, created a haunted house in partnership with Waterview Learning Academy. It's designed not only to frighten guests, but also benefit the kids and give back to the community.

"Not only do we have the donations for Paws4People, it's a social thing, and some of the kids here at Oasis don't have a way to express themselves except through art," said Heather Fahnestock, director of Waterview Learning Academy. "It's a good way for them to build that social aspect into their life."

The haunted house was live for a couple hours Friday.

The actors involved were all kids with Oasis and Waterview Learning Academy. The students spent all week putting it together.

The haunted house featured all kinds of spooky items, including fog, skulls, and spider webs.

While the haunted house was free and open to the public, donations were collected to benefit Paws4People, including dog food and cleaning supplies.

Dozens of people turned out for the event, and Oasis NC plans to put on the event again next year.

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