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Thursday, 19 October 2017
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The BOSS Haunted House opens at 7 p.m. Friday in Bldgs. 566 and 567 off 4th Street. Admission is $5 per person.
For many, going through a haunted house is as much of an October tradition as trick-or-treating, handing out candy or dressing in costume.

For members of the Better Opportunities For Single Service Members, that tradition includes building a haunted house — and making it as scary as possible.

“My understanding is that in past years, our haunted house has been the scariest in Pulaski County; our goal is to be number one again and to be super-duper scary,” explained Spc. Priscilla Gibson, BOSS volunteer and one of the coordinators of this year’s BOSS Haunted House, which will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 27, 28 and 31.

This year’s BOSS Haunted House will take place in two structures — Bldgs. 566 and 567 — which are located off 4th Street.

A group of about 15 BOSS volunteers have been hard at work since Oct. 10 transforming the buildings’ interiors, Gibson said.

Once inside, BOSS officials warn that visitors will experience some scenes that are graphic in nature, and although open to all ages, parental guidance is strongly recommended. The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation webpage promoting the event even comes with a disclaimer about the haunted house: “Warning: not intended for the young, squeamish, or weak of heart.”

Some scenes will feature volunteers dressed in costume who will jump out at  visitors.

“It’s a combination of static displays and actors in costume,” Gibson said. “It’s one of the more fun projects we do each year — knowing that we get to scare the (stuff) out of people.”

Admission to the BOSS Haunted House is $5 per person.

Parking is available at Harper Dental Clinic on Virginia Avenue.

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Other places to haunt:

If you crave more scares after visiting the BOSS Haunted House, communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood have a variety of haunted houses, trails and attractions to choose from.

— The Haunted Mine at the Missouri University of Science and Technology Experimental Mine, 12350 Spencer Road, in Rolla, is open from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 27, 28 and 31. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for Missouri S&T students and military service members with valid ID and $5 for children ages 10 and younger. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. each day, a $5 walk-through will be available for those who would prefer to experience the mine with the lights on. For more information, call 573.341.6406, or visit the event calendar at

— Ozark Nightmares Haunted House and Corn Maze, 22599 East Highway 32 in Lebanon, is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October and on Halloween. Admission is $6 for the haunted house, $6 for the corn maze, or $10 for a combo ticket. For more information, call 417.532.1002 or visit the @OzarkNightmares Facebook page.

— Carnival of Freaks, 18205  Whitlock Road near Licking, is open from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28. Tickets are $12 per person, and the business only accepts cash. For more information, call 573.201.8991 or visit the @CarnivalofFreaks Facebook page.

— “Rising Haunted Attraction,” 25238 Raleigh Road in Waynesville, is open from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October and on Halloween. Admission is $10 per person.  See for more information.

— The Haunted House and Corn Maze at Ruby’s Landing, 22474 Restful Lane in Waynesville, is open from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. Admission is $15 per person. For more information about the event, call 573.337.4305 or visit the  @TheHauntedRiverFloat page on Facebook.

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 October 2017 )