Screams filled the Conrad Harrison Youth Center as hundreds of friends and families made their way through a haunted house there Friday evening.
A line snaked out the door for people to enter the haunted house presented by El Centro and U.S. Border Patrol Explorer Post 4108.
“It was pretty good,” Calexico resident Rafael Ayala said while laughing as his girlfriend Melissa Silva clung to him as they left the haunted house.
Evil clowns, blood-soaked doctors and cackling witches popped out to greet visitors who giggled and gasped their way through the haunted house that featured multiple sections with different spooky themes.
“It’s to provide some fun stuff for the kids and get them scared before Halloween night,” El Centro Recreation Supervisor Patricia Urena said.
Many came in costume themselves and played games offered outside the haunted house or took photos together afterward.
While some children such as Andrea Villela, 5, covered their faces as they walked through or even shed a few tears from fright, Ricky Garcia, 12, boasted that he thought the haunted house should be even scarier next year.
Roughly a dozen Border Patrol agents and a dozen Border Patrol Explorers helped staff the event that had some visitors running out the exit laughing as they held each other in fun fear.
“It was very good. They were scary but very polite,” El Centro resident Andrea Miranda said.
Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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