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Nightmare on Main boasts scariest display yet

Modified: Friday, Oct 7th, 2016

Allyson Oken/Paso Robles Press & Atascadero News Nightmare on Main is all about suspense. The fear of the unknown can be a powerful addition to any haunt, but Nightmare on Main tends to take it to the next level.

TEMPLETON — An abandoned 120-year-old house has set the stage for the past six years for one of the scariest Halloween experiences around, “Nightmare on Main,” taking place at 99 South Main St. in Templeton for 10 nights of fright.

After six years as a Templeton Recreation Foundation event, Natalie Klock and Abby Allen created a nonprofit organization called Nightmare on Main Street because of the success of last year’s event. The group found that the funds raised were substantial enough to fund the next year and give a scholarship to an outgoing senior.

Klock said the formation of the nonprofit will ensure that all the proceeds will either go back to the construction of the haunted house or in a scholarship fund for students attending Templeton High School as graduating seniors, though the main goal of the organization is to scare.

“Suspense is the ultimate goal of our team working on Nightmare on Main,” Allen said. “We don’t just want to throw people into a gory scene to see if they scream. We want to send shivers down their spines and let their natural instinct to run from a dark room where they are certain someone is watching to take over and really scare people.”

Klock added, “We will also host a few tours where we will leave the lights on so that children that may be a bit too scared to go in on a dark night can still enjoy the fun. The success we have seen has really given us the drive to form the nonprofit and we were so happy to have been able to give scholarships to seniors last year.”

The 10 nights of fun will provide a haunting Halloween to all that dare to venture into this interactive experience, in which all the rooms will be moved around and many new and scary additions will be made to the structure. Klock and Allen are always seeking volunteers for the next Nightmare on Main and said that none of this would be possible without the support of Dr. Castellanos, who owns the house used to stage the haunting.

“We are so thankful to our sponsors who make this event happen each year,” they said.

The haunting experience will be open Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. and Oct. 28 to 31 from 7 to 11 p.m., with special lights-on tours Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or at the Templeton Community Services District office at 420 Crocker St. and at Templeton Market and Deli at 390 South Main St. in Templeton before Friday Nov. 11. For more information, visit nightmareonmain.com.

For the complete article see the 10-07-2016 issue.

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