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Family-run haunted house draws crowds in St. Charles

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – When the Acostas first transformed their St. Charles Township home into a haunted house a few years ago, they didn’t expect it would become the attraction it now is.

“It’s anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half wait to get in,” Chris Acosta said. “We don’t know what to think of it.”

The haunted house – which includes a 14-foot castle wall facade on the front of the home, a zombie cage, gruesome scenes and costumed actors who jump out at visitors – will close for the season after this weekend.

Hours are 7 to 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday at 38W207 Oak Drive.

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

All proceeds will benefit LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva.

“We’d like to present them with a sizable check,” Acosta said, noting her family has raised almost $1,100 and hopes to surpass $1,500.

In past years, proceeds have benefited The Salvation Army, Suicide Prevention Services and Lazarus House, she said.

All ages are welcome. Parents can request a “no scare” tour for children, but Acosta cautioned them from bringing young kids.

“We have seen people of all ages … just literately in terror,” she said. “It definitely can be very scary.”

The haunted house grew out of the family’s participation in the St. Charles Park District’s Gallery of Ghoulish Home Tour, Acosta said.

If done at a normal pace, tours of the haunted house take about 15 minutes, Acosta said, noting other parts of the property also are decorated.

Because Acosta and her husband own businesses and have four daughters, transforming the house into spooky grounds can be difficult, she said. But, she added, the end result is fun.

“We really love doing it, and we never have a shortage of people [who want to help],” she said. “They do it because they love doing it.”

If you go

What: Acosta’s Haunted House

Where: 38W207 Oak Drive, St. Charles

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Cost: Suggested $5 donation

Online: www.facebook.com/acostashaunt

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