New haunted attractions at Clamtown Schoolhouse
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Serving up livers and hearts are mad butchers Tommy Kleppinger, 13, and Kelsey Kraemer, 8.
Scouts and volunteers with the Boy Scouts Troop 755 and Cub Scout Pack 756 are hosting their 22nd annual Haunted Schoolhouse in Clamtown. Daring visitors were treated to new monsters, ghouls, fog, light effects, terrifying sounds, hidden passageways, animatronics and rooms depicting horrifying scenes.
The scouts hold their haunted house annually to raise funds for their Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Camp trip held every year. Volunteers added that they put over two months of work into the new scenes and effects.
The Clamtown schoolhouse, used primarily for scout activities, has always been known to have a troop in it. Initially the schoolhouse was used for girl scouts. The past Boy Scout Troop 154 started having their meetings in the old schoolhouse in the 1950's. It was several years after that Troop 154 dissolved and that Troop 755 was eventually established in 1966. The schoolhouse has been owned by the West Penn Youth Center Corporation (WPYCC) since 1966.
The scouts offer a variety of events to keep their scouts occupied, to include their annual Clamtown Haunted House fundraiser, camping trip (rafting, hiking, bicycling, historic walks), bowling nights, day hikes, biking excursions, amusement parks, winter camping, laser tag and other activities.
"We couldn't hold this fun event every year without the dedicated support of all the scouts, families, volunteers, and community," said Rob Knowlan, Scoutmaster & Cubmaster. "This annual haunting involves many generations of scouts."
This weekend is the second and final weekend of the season, with haunts lasting from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.