With two loaders working in tandem, this year’s Othello Rodeo Maze is sure to be ready for an Oct. 11 opening. Photo by Darla Hussey.
The weather is getting colder, the air crisper and the ghosts are coming out. Halloween is drawing near and, for the Rodeo Association, that means it's time for their annual straw maze, and for those out on Michel Road, it's time to start up their annual haunted house. The group has been hard at work stacking bales, making twists and turns and creating a challenge for the people of Othello. The goblins and ghouls are ready to take their posts to get hearts racing, too. The twists and turns will take guests through several themed rooms, with multiple gruesome decorations and details to keep everyone entertained and frightened. The maze opens Oct. 11 and runs through Halloween. It is open each Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 10. For those younger guests to the maze or those who are a little faint of heart, there is a ghoul-free, no-scare time between 6 and 7 p.m. On the night of Halloween, the maze will be open from 6 to 9. Tickets are available at the maze. The price is $5 a person, which includes refreshments like hot chocolate and popcorn. The maze isn't the only place providing scary fun. The Haunted House on the Hill, at 352 Michel Road, will provide scary (and non-scary at certain times) trips for those brave enough to make the drive. Beginning Oct. 11, the house is open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1. It runs 7 p.m. to midnight, including Halloween night. The no-scare time is between 5 and 6 p.m. The price of admission is $7 a person. The profits from the house are donated to local youth baseball and softball teams. To get to the house, head east on Foley Road off of Highway 17, cross Booker Road and head north on Michel Road.