By Hannah Steen
This year, the Williamson County Brown Santa is entertaining residents of Georgetown and the surrounding areas with ‘Nightmare on Jail Hill’, a haunted house held in the old jail on the corner of 4th and Main Street.
‘Nightmare on Jail Hill’ ran last weekend, October 19-20, and will be open again tonight and tomorrow from 7 pm to 11 pm. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 9-12.
“I was absolutely terrified,” first-year Elissa Graham said. “It was like nothing I’ve ever been through before, and was so unique, but completely and utterly horrifying.”
All proceeds of the event will go to Brown Santa and help to provide books, toys, and other items of the holiday season for underprivileged families with children outside the geographical city limits of any town or city in Williamson County. Brown Santa is a registered corporation in the state of Texas and is operated under the direction of the Brown Santa Board of Directors and granted a non-profit tax exemption.
According to Brown Santa’s website, their mission statement reads: ‘Brown Santa provides low income or poverty stricken families with children from age 0 to 17 with toys, books, and other items needed to make Christmas merrier and to positively impact families that without our assistance, will not have what others in the world often take for granted.’
Children under the age of eight may not participate and children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult. The jail is not handicap-accessible, and the tour will require climbing stairs and walking for approximately 20 minutes. Refreshments will be on sale as well.
If a haunted jail isn’t enough Halloween spirit for students, there will also be an opportunity to participate in the ‘Boo Run’ in San Gabriel Park tomorrow from 3-6 pm. Registration begins at 3:00, and the ‘Boo Run’ includes a 5K and fun run with a costume contest as well as a raffle and entertainment by Roland Waits. Benefits will go to the Exceptional Georgetown Alliance.
Students who would like more information, event details, registration can visit: www.exceptionalgeorgetown.org.