Haunted house offers thrills

Donations help fund the Blue Marshals program


BALCONES HEIGHTS, Texas – Scares and screams are all the rage at the Halloween Haunted House just outside the Balcones Police Department Headquarters off Hillcrest.

The department has hosted a haunted house for three years to give back to children and those in need later in the year.

"I like it," said Alice Colunga, a representative from the city of Balcones Heights and police department. "I haven't said no yet."

Colunga collects toys, canned food and cash during the Halloween festivities. A converted carport acts as more than half a dozen "rooms" of terror, where guests will find scary clowns, an animal that saws off its own arm, dangling heads, and a live chain saw that is perhaps without a chain, and plenty of thrills.

The haunted house experience is free, but the donations help fund the Blue Marshals program each year that gives toys and food to children and their families.

"We started out with 100 [kids]," Colunga said.

Years later, the program has grown to about 500 children.

The haunted house will once again be open Saturday for families to enjoy. It opens at 6:30 p.m. and goes well into the night.