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2022 Year in Review

Jan 14, 2023

Thank you guests and volunteers for another great year!

Quest Night was a great success. Most nights were sold out, and guests had fun in this immersive medieval gaming experience. Guests talked with a dragon, fought a necromancer, foiled an assassination attempt on the queen and told and listened to stories in the Tavern among many other experiences. 

We didn’t have time to rest, as this past year we tore down half of our haunt and built 12 new rooms for our haunt, Curse of the Blood Demon. While the creative team worked on the storyline, a large number of volunteers, under the leadership of Jarrett Crippen (build director), worked many hours to rebuild our rooms before the haunt.  Brooke Garrett (volunteer director) recruited many large community groups to work with our Scare volunteers to make this great undertaking happen.  After a large demolition, land was cleared, a couple of buildings moved, and a dozen more were built in a new configuration. It was an amazing feat! 

In July we had our annual Haunt Kickoff to start our 15th show season.  Attendees learned the storyline for Curse of the Blood Demon, met our managers and found out what SCARE is about. Many new volunteers attended, and we loved having many new folks join our SCARE family.  We also awarded our new, annual, scholarships for the first time. James Manley, Alison Cordero, Joe Villarreal, and Corban Melder were awarded scholarship funds to help pay for their continuing education. 

The next weekend, work began on costumes, set designs, scripts etc. to get ready for our guests in October. It does take a village.  “Curse of the Blood Demon” sold out quickly and we had a great time scaring our guests and covering them with blood. Our Boneyard crew had fun terrifying guests with Killer Video Rewind and it was great to get feedback from our guests! 

In December, we had our official haunt wrap party. We recognized the wonderful work of our volunteers, giving trophies to some, we gave appreciation  plaques to our sponsors, and honored Jarrett Crippen for 15 years as our SCARE director. Volunteers designed and created a great art piece representing many different volunteers through the years. Thanks to the hard work of so many amazing volunteers, we also gave our biggest donation ever to the Breast Cancer Resource Center – $50,000. The Board also voted to award $1,500 to the Schoolhouse Foundation to support Manor ISD programs.  We also added a new program, 5 by $500. We asked our volunteers to nominate local charities to receive $500 donations from SCARE.  The following charities were chosen: OutYouth, Austin Creative Reuse, Restoration Ranch, Central Texas Dachshund Rescue, and Chorus Austin. 

2023 will bring some changes. Jarrett will still be our Quest Night, and build director, but he has passed the role of Haunt Director to Keith Ewing. Keith has several years of experience with haunts, ranging from Britannia Manor, to Haunted Trails, to Ragnarok, and he has been active with SCARE for many years. Brainstorming for our 2023 haunt has already begun and we look forward to another great year. 

Our 2021 Season

Feb 14, 2022

Dear Scare Supporters,

We want to thank our volunteers and guests for making our Haunt “Lockdown” a success. Dealing with all the challenges of a pandemic, our volunteers put in long hours to create and perform a great show. Our guests came and supported us, and we hope enjoyed the show. We used a lot of technology to protect both our guests and volunteers, a challenge for our FX team. They did an amazing job. We are happy to share that through your support, we donated $30,000 to the Breast Cancer Resource Center, as well as $1,500 to Manor ISD.

We are currently working our our April 2022 event Quest Night for some medieval fun. Hope you check it out. And yes, the Haunt for 2022 is already in discussion. Going to keep you in suspense over the theme. You will need to check in later this summer.

Our 2020 Season

Aug 21, 2020

Dear Scare Supporters,

With heavy hearts, we announce the cancellation of our Haunt 2020 season. The welfare of our patrons and volunteers is our number one priority. Scare still intends to continue our mission and aid our charities and we are developing some innovative fundraisers.

Hopefully, we can still count on your support. More details on these events will be forthcoming. Please stay tuned and be part of our fundraising efforts during these unusual times. We always appreciate our patrons and all the support you provide.