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High school Halloween horror

October 24, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

PAINESDALE - Brittany Nicholas, dressed as a dead prom queen, ducked into a hallway and quickly crawled through the dark hallway to the next.

"We used costume makeup to look like blood and there's a fog machine in here," the senior at Jeffers High School said of their haunted house.

To her right, a student sat patiently waiting to jump out at an unsuspecting victim. To her left, her co-creator of the Jeffers Halloween Fun Day Saturday, Mike Destrampe, laid across the floor in the dark hallway.

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Two students from Jeffers High School scare passersby at the Jeffers Halloween Fun Day in Painesdale.

The route began near the old gymnasium and wound through several hallways, through the girls locker room and around the natatorium, as the smell of the pool lingered. To get through the haunted house, participants were required to crawl in some locations, walk through fake spider webs and feel their way through the darkness.

"It's made to be not as scary for little children," she said as Destrampe, also a senior, followed her out of the haunted house.

Destrampe said they had a handful of students who helped out Saturday.

"The haunted house goes along the back halls," he said.

Kids had the option to also just enjoy the games set up in the gym.

"We have a great turnout," she said in the gym. At one end, students participated in pumpkin bowling and in the middle of the room, kids were welcome to decorate sugar cookies. The entire event was a fundraiser to help Jordan Makela, a former student who is ill.

"We hope to raise as much as we can," she said.

On one end, a sense test welcomed kids to come up and put their hands in a goopy mixture of cornstarch and water to feel for "body parts."

Using flat pickles as tongues, sausages for fingers and rubber balls for eye balls, kids come up to feel what was behind the box.

Mackenzie Anderson, 12, reached in for the second time to get a feel.

"Ew, it's so squishy," she said. "It's gross."



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