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Santa’s Helpers get started on Halloween to bring Christmas to Highland Lakes kids


BURNET – A haunted house with a mad surgeon and zombies remain staples of Halloween.

However, April Vaughan said she’s looking forward to other parts of the Burnet County Santa’s Helpers Haunted House this year.

“I think I’m more excited to see how the kids’ stuff turns out,” said Vaughan, secretary for Santa’s Helpers.

The group raises money each year to provide Christmas gifts for kids who might otherwise go without.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Burnet County Santa’s Helpers Haunted House
WHEN: Oct. 25-26
WHERE: Freedom Flyers hangar, 3202 S. Water St. (U.S. 281) in Burnet
ADMISSION: $5 or new toy donation[/box]

The helpers are partnering with Freedom Flyers to use its hangar for the haunted house.

Admission is $5 or a new toy donation. The haunted house is 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 at the Freedom Flyers hanger, 3202 S. Water St. (U.S. 281).

David Smiles, Freedom Flyers executive director, said the haunted house will take up about half of the 10,000-square-foot hangar, and some of the fleet’s airplanes will be moved outside.

Vaughan said the Burnet police and fire departments as well as the sheriff’s office are coming up with the themes for different sections of the haunted house.

“I’ve got an idea of what they’ll do, but it’s a surprise for me, too,” Vaughan said.

The haunted house also will feature plenty of kid-friendly activities Oct. 26.

A bounce house will be set up along with games, face painting and crafts from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The highlight of the afternoon is the Cute Little Spooks Costume Contest at 4 p.m.

Four age groups — 0-5 years, 6-9, 10-13, 13-plus — will be judged in categories of funniest, scariest, cutest, most creative and family/group costume. A best in show also will be chosen.

“I’m so happy with how many people have helped us out,” Vaughan said. “It’s a lot of work doing it, but it’s fun.”