Scaring Time

GLOVERSVILLE – Alicia Hawley and her four children showed up at a Steele Avenue house Friday prepared to be scared.

“It was scary and awesome,” said Hawley’s 7-year-old son Hunter Brand.

The family was among those who showed up at the opening night of the haunted house at 82 Steele Ave.

The haunted house returns this year after a two-year absence.

Lucy VanDyke, of 82 Steele Ave., and members of her family have been working since June to bring back Stonewell Haunts, a haunted house in VanDyke’s garage and back yard.

VanDyke said her family started the haunted house 13 years ago and has been offering it on and off over the years.

“Whenever we get the inkling, we do it,” VanDyke said. “We have probably run it five times.”

VanDyke said the proceeds from the admission prices to the haunted house will be given to the Regional Animal Shelter and the Colonial Little Theater.

The haunted house has two sections. The first section, which opened Friday and will continue today, is geared toward families with small children. The second section, which will open Oct. 25 and 26 and Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, will be set in an old building in the back yard and will be more scary than the first section.

The haunted house Friday and today includes bounce houses.

Len Aldous, VanDyke’s brother and an organizer, said the family offers the haunted house for fun.

“Besides the fact we are all demented, we are all a talented bunch,” Aldous said.

Hawley said she enjoyed the haunted house.

“This is my first time,” Hawley said. “I thought it was cute and they did a good job.”

Her two oldest children, Dominic Brand, 10, and Hunter went in without their mother.

“I think they did a good job and it was very scary,” Dominic said.

The brothers said they would like to return Halloween night.

The haunted house will be open today from 1 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $1.

Starting Oct. 25, the haunted house will open at 6 p.m. Admission to the full haunted house will cost $5.

Groups no larger than five may buy time-slot tickets for $30 at Panache Consignments at 101 N. Main St. to avoid lines.

VanDyke said her family plans to offer the haunted house again next year.