Community, Springfield

Celebrate local history, holiday with screams

SPRINGFIELD – History will come alive yet again this year.

The second-annual haunted house fundraiser – Fright! At the Museum –  by the Springfield History Museum will show the spook-tacular journey through local history on Thursday, Oct. 19-Saturday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 26-Friday, Oct. 27 at 590 Main St.

Museum curator Maddi McGraw said she always dreamed of hosting a haunted house at a museum. This now-annual event is the museum’s sole fundraiser.

“When visitors enter, they’ll see a focus on different characters in local history,” McGraw said. “Our focus this year is going to be on watery history, so we’ll have glimpses into fly fishing on the McKenzie River and drift boats, but with a scary edge to it.”

The second part of the hair-raising, historical evening will be based on a haunted motorcycle garage since the museum’s rotating exhibit is currently based on motorcycle history in Springfield from 1900-1939.

From 4-6 p.m. each day of the event, the haunted museum will be family friendly. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., though, the lights will go down, and the real scares will come out – perfect for older kids and adults.

If you make it through the tricks, you’ll be rewarded with treats. Upon making it through the historical scares, there will be photo opportunities and free snacks at the “recovery station.”

McGraw said, “when we came up with the idea, we wanted to be able to make it something that anybody of any age could come to, so that was when we came up with the idea of doing the scaredy-cat friendly versus really scary (time slots).”

Adults are $5 each, kids 5-18 years old are $3 each, and kids under 5 years old are free; families of 5 or more have a discounted rate of $20. All proceeds go directly to the Springfield History Museum to support its collections, programs, and exhibits.



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