For the Weekly Record Herald
TIPP CITY — Every Halloween, 7373 Bard Rd. in Tipp City, Ohio turns into 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
The Haunted Garage — owned and operated by Keith Allen and Charline Werts — is a local institution. Every weekend in October, scores of “guest victims” venture down their country road just north of the Dayton International Airport to revel in one of the finest private horror collections in the region.
The highlight of their 16th season of scaring and delighting the torch-bearing villagers will be a personal appearance by Butch Patrick, best known for his role as TV’s original monster kid, Eddie Munster. Butch will be meeting and greeting fans of “The Munsters,” for one night only, Saturday, October 17, from 7-11 p.m.
One of the highlights of The Haunted Garage’s 1,120 square feet of spooky memorabilia and audioanimatronic ghouls and goblins is a street legal casket car dragster that looks a lot like Grandpa Munster’s Dragula from the classic 1960s TV series.
The Haunted Garage features all of your favorite “Children of the Night,” from Frankenstein to Michael Myers, as well as a zombie baby nursery, where the toddlers crave more than milk. There’s even a newly installed electric chair, but don’t worry; it’s UL listed. For those who want a little more bite in their fright, don’t miss out on taking “The Last Ride.” The Haunted Garage is family friendly, but beware: some of the exhibits may actually be undead!
While The Haunted Garage charges no set admission fee, it is a fundraiser in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis, so donations are encouraged and 100 percent of the money collected goes to the MS Society. The hours are 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday during the month of October or call 937-667-0121 for off hours showing.
For more information, check out The Haunted Garage’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Haunted-Garage/114855555284016. “Likes” and “shares” are appreciated to spread the word.