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9/30/2010 3:02:00 PM
Clarkdale Town Council approves haunted house
Theme will be Spanish Influenza
Map by Guss Espolt, Town of Clarkdale
Map by Guss Espolt, Town of Clarkdale

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter

CLARKDALE - Sharlot Hall Museum of Prescott is teaming up with Haunted Tours of Jerome to present a haunted house attraction on weekends leading up to Halloween.

The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to approve the haunted house.

Beginning Oct. 8, the haunted house will be open from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The attraction will not be open on Sundays.

The attraction will be on one floor of the old school house at 600 First North St.

Ron Roope of Haunted Tours told the council Tuesday that the theme for the haunted house will be the Spanish Influenza epidemic that devastated Jerome in 1917 and 1918.

"It's actually very historical in theme," Roope said.

Town Manager Gayle Mabery told the council that the proceeds from the attraction will benefit museums in the area.

The request originally asked for a closing time of 11 p.m. Councilman Curt Bohall wanted that changed to 10 p.m. In the end, the council approved 10:30 p.m.

The council and staff did place some regulations on the haunted house.

The Clarkdale Fire District must approve the interior design of the attraction.

Fire Chief Joe Moore said the haunted house would be inspected each Friday.

Another regulation is that parking must have directional signage.

Also, the exterior lighting must be kept low, and when the haunted house attraction is finished for the season, the building must be back to its original condition within one week.

Sherry Bailey, community development director, said the school is in an R-3 multi-family zone.

She said the permit is for temporary use instead of conditional use.

The building historically was used not only as a school but also as individual artists' studios.

The show in the haunted house is designed by Jody Drake, Sharlot Hall Museum's education curator.

Tickets will be $12 in advance and are available at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott.

Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

For information, contact Jody Drake at or call (928) 445-3122 or (928) 639-4631.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Article comment by: 15.00? is ridiculous!

This sounds great, but I think you will get a better response if the cost was cut in half. Families simply cannot afford such a cost. Three children, 45.00? I don't think a haunted, house, no matter what the money is for, should cost that much.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Article comment by: I Would Love to Support This

I would love to support this, but at $15 for a child, I can't.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Article comment by: Prices are Too High

The prices are way to high. I am sure this is a wonderful Haunted House, but who can afford to take their family to enjoy.

Should consider helping an organization and taking food or donations at the door instead of a high dollar amount.

Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Article comment by: Delane Landgraf

There is also a Haunted House in Centerville on Calle Rosas from 7:30pm to 9:00pm every day of the week. Admission is $2.00. There is candy for the children.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010
Article comment by: YEA! HAUNTED HOUSE!

Jody Drake has done wonders for Sharlot Hall Museum over in Prescott, and I hope everyone in the Verde supports this. Our historical societies should make her an offer and bring her here full time, we need people like her! She is beautiful, talented, and knows more about Arizona history than anyone I know.

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