Empty Building Becomes Haunted House

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — This time of year breathes new life into an empty building in Springfield as one local business is getting ready for its busiest time of year.

A building on Centennial and Mohawk sits vacant much of the year, but during the fall, Hysteria City moves in. The folks that run the haunted house say they’d like to be able to use the building year-round.

Right now, crews are building this year’s Hysteria City. This is the third year the Springfield building’s been used to spook Halloween revelers. But the Hysteria City manager says he and his crew would like to use this space year-round for other seasonal businesses.

“We’d like to do a Christmas bizarre–a Christmas special where you have Santa’s village, Christmas rides throughout a light show, something that the people would like to enjoy,” said Jack Payson, Hysteria City Manager.

Payson says money is tight, so they’re scaling down this year’s haunted house. He says instead of using the entire building they’ll use a third of it, and instead of 52 haunted rooms there will be 13. They’re also not hiring any actors. It will be all volunteers.

Hysteria City opens on October 12. Organizers say because of the scaled down version of the haunted house and due to the economy they’re lowering ticket prices. They’ll be charging $10.

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