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Neighborhood haunted house frightens scores

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    Jonathan and Tristan Wood, along with Andrew and Silas Childers, worked together with Cub Scout Pack 18 to put together a haunted house that provided delightful horror to more than 100 neighborhood youngsters. Photo by Elena Tucker

Andrew Childers has wanted to create a Halloween haunted house since he was 8 years old. This year, as a father of three sons and a Cub Scout master of more than 80 young boys, Childers decided it was finally time to make his spooky dream come true.

“My big dream as a kid was to get all of the kids in my neighborhood together to do a haunted house,” Childers said. Because his middle child will soon be leaving Cub Scouts, moving up to Boy Scouts, Childers figured it had to happen now.

Childers began planning the haunt about three months ago and his sons and Cub Scout Pack 18 took on the build as a project. Neighbors donated materials to go along with the collection of creepy props and macabre oddities that the family has collected over the years.

Childers’ background in set design stood him well – and in the end the winding pathway through his Boerne backyard led well over 100 neighborhood kid, up and over, around and through the black-lit-glow of ghoulish creepiness.

Although he was careful to divide attendees by ages, the haunted house proved an effective production – for some perhaps too effective.

“We had a few tears last night,” Childers admitted.

The cooperation of his Scouts made him proud, Childers said, “and they had so much fun doing it.”

The haunted house was offered free of charge to all brave enough to enter. However donations to Cub Scout Pack 18 were accepted and appreciated.