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Halloween scares help seniors party

Vivian Rogers-Decker, one of the organizers of the Ten Tales of Terror, stands in front of the graveyard scene of the haunted house opening at the Au Sable Institute near Coupeville. - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
Vivian Rogers-Decker, one of the organizers of the Ten Tales of Terror, stands in front of the graveyard scene of the haunted house opening at the Au Sable Institute near Coupeville.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

Chief Snakelum could be rising from the dead.

The late chief of the Lower Skagit Tribe is buried near the Au Sable Institute, and he’s one of the features of a Whidbey Island-themed haunted house that is opening in time for Halloween at the Au Sable Institute, 180 Parker Rd., Coupeville.

The haunted house, known as “10 Tales of Terror,” will be held in the days leading up to Halloween at one of the buildings at the environmental learning center.

Located in a workshop deep in the Au Sable property, people will need to take a hay ride to get to the Au Sable Institute. Riders will surely experience several scary surprises on the way, said Roberta Piercy, one of the organizers of the first-ever haunted house at the Au Sable Institute.

In addition to Chief Snakelum, co-organizer Vivian Rogers-Decker said other noteworthy names of Whidbey Island’s past, such as Jacob Ebey, who famously lost his head, will make an appearance somewhere in the house.

There will also be all sorts of surprises for people wanting to explore the haunted house.

“We have a really exciting toy room with an evil twist,” Rogers-Decker said.

The 10 Tales of Terror is a parent-sponsored fundraiser for the senior class celebration that takes place after the Coupeville High School Class of 2010 graduates.

Rogers-Decker, who has organized haunted houses in the past, said she hopes The 10 Tales of Terror will be the start of a tradition that will last for years at the Au Sable Institute.

The house is open for viewing beginning Oct. 22 through 24 and Oct. 29 and 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s open again on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5 to 10 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children, which includes both the haunted house and hayride. For children who may be too small to survive the terrifying haunted house, a Trick or Treat Town will spring up at the Au Sable Institute from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $5.

Tickets can be purchased at MJC Copy Center, Miriam’s Espresso and Heidi’s Coffee House.

Ten Tales of Terror is the second haunted house to open in celebration of Halloween. Oak Harbor’s Frightville IX is opening this weekend in the basement of the Roller Barn. Now in its ninth year, it is a fundraiser for the Oak Harbor Boys and Girls Club.

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