UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | June 18, 2024

Washington County School District uses haunted cave to raise funds

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   It’s time to start preparing for the alien invasion that will make this Halloween memorable.

   An alien-themed haunted cave will open every weekend of October starting Oct. 5. So grab a bunch of friends to cuddle with as you make your way through the Haunted Cave, located at 1436 Redledge Road in Washington.

 The cave itself is 12,000 square foot cave carved out of sandstone, but why the alien invasion theme?

“We live so close to Area 51, and there are actually caves below Area 51, so we thought it would be fun to play off of that, where we’re already in a cave and just have fun with it,” Event Co-Director Amy English said. “We’ve never seen it done in a haunted house before.”

The Haunted Cave is a fundraiser by the Washington County School District Foundation to raise money for sterling scholars, Adopt-a-Classroom and teacher grant programs.

   The Foundation Board came together to figure out how to raise money for the kids in Washington County and also how to find a way to get its name out there, Foundation Director Pam Graf said.

“We just recognized that there’s not that many haunted houses in our area,” Graf said. “[The board] thought it would be a great way to make money for the kids.”

Graf asked, what better way to raise money than to scare the kids to death?  Although the Haunted Cave is meant to be scary enough to scare the socks right off everybody, it’s not meant to be gory.

Event Co-Director James English said: “It’s going to be scary, but there is not going to be any gore because we are a school district. We’re looking at this to be really different and really fun, but in the same sense, it’s going to be scary.”

Students from all five high schools in the area have helped build the main sets for the cave and are also going to be participating as the actors.

“The schools are participating in this, and it’s a fundraiser for them, so I think that is to be said that they are helping in their own small way, to be able to bring funding back into their schools,” Graf said.

There is no set age group for attending the Haunted Cave, but it’s recommended for ages 12 and up. English said the usual demographics for a haunted house is about 15 to 34 years old, but kids from any age will want to come to this event.

 John Berger, a sophomore communication major from St. George, said he’d go to this “rad cave,” especially if he’s with a group.

 “It’s always better with a group,” Berger said. “There’s no way I’d go by myself. You’d find me in a corner crying. You got to go with a group so you can all just like cuddle together, even if it’s just a bunch of guys that all seem to be cuddled together.”

Tickets are $10 per person, but attendees can stop at any Wendy’s location to pick up a $2 discount coupon. And if you have the guts to go again it will be $5 anytime you go.

The Haunted Cave will be open from 6-11 p.m. every weekend during October and every day the week of Halloween. For more information and driving directions, visit www.halloweenonthetown.com.