Bothell haunted house scares up donations for Boys & Girls Clubs

BOTHELL — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County is getting help this October from a frightful source.

The Haunted Nightmare Haunted House in Bothell plans to give the club at least $2,000, and potentially much more.

The donation will fund scholarships for children ages 5 to 18, paying for sports leagues, summer camp and membership to the club itself.

Mike Neumeister, a director for the club’s Alderwood chapter, said the poor economy has forced many families to cut those types of activities from their budget.

“There’s more and more people that need scholarship help,” he said.

The haunted house pledged $2,000 to the club. If the attraction breaks even, it will donate 25 percent of its net revenue.

While the partnership is a bit unusual, Neumeister said it’s also ideal. The club can promote the haunted house without carrying the burden of running it.

“We’re kind of looking at those kind of opportunities,” he said.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County was an ideal partner for haunted house co-owners Jody Bossert and Destry Wood.

“We knew we wanted to work with a charitable organization,” Bossert said. “We have a lot of volunteers that come on board, and they want to work toward a common goal.”

Bossert and Wood founded their seasonal attraction last year. They bill it as being the only 3-D black light haunted house around. Visitors wear 3-D glasses, which are provided.

“It makes the walls come to life,” Bossert said, “and ultimately, that brings your nightmare to life.”

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455, arathbun@heraldnet.com

Haunted Nightmare Haunted House

Tickets are $10 or “RIP” passes are $15. The attraction is at 22310 20th Ave. SE, Ste. 200, Bothell. It’s open 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. this Thursday through Saturday, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 27 to Oct. 31. More info: www.hauntednightmare.com.

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