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The Suburbanite
  • Tadmor Haunted House scares up fun

  • October is marked by plenty of fright-filled Halloween attractions. The Tadmor Haunted House, now in its seventh season, serves a somewhat broader purpose.

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  • October is marked by plenty of fright-filled Halloween attractions. The Tadmor Haunted House, now in its seventh season, serves a somewhat broader purpose.
    “It is relatively scary and is one of those things that feeds a need on both ends,” Chris McMahon said of the haunted house conceived by his late father, Bud McMahon. It is both an under-12-year-old Halloween attraction and a means of helping “keep the doors open” at the Tadmor Shrine, 300 Krebs Drive in Akron.
    The Tadmor Shrine Haunted House was conceivedin the midst of a completely different type of community event. Chris McMahon said that his father, a home builder by trade, had already founded the Shrine’s popular monthly fish fries and spaghetti dinners.
    “My brother Terry and I inherited (the haunted house),” Chris McMahon said with a chuckle. “My father wanted to get us both involved in the shrine, but I sometimes think he had us help him just so we could take over the haunted house.”
    Bud McMahon was able to experience the first season of the Tadmor Haunted House before his death in 2008. Since then, the house has grown to include a “Pirate Room,” “Swamp Room,”“Alien Room,” “Abominable Snowman” room complete with snow, a “Mask Room,” and a “Noodle Room.”
    “You've seen those swimming noodles, right?” Chris McMahon said before noting that the Tadmor Haunted House might be the only place to see an entire room filled with them.
    The Tadmor Haunted House is open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 11 through 27.  Admission is $10, which also includes unlimited hayrides through the woods on the property.
    “We don't care how many times they go through (the haunted house and hayride) and there are $1-off coupons on the website at hallowfun.org,” Chris McMahon said. “I just feel it is a good thing for our organization and we want to get younger families out so they can see and understand what the heck (Shriners) do.”
    While the organization traces its history to Biblical times, the Shrine's charitable arm is the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Which makes a family-friendly Halloween attraction all the more appropriate as a local fundraiser for the Tadmor Shrine.
    “He enjoyed kids and this is a good way to support the local fraternal order,” Chris McMahon said of his father and the lasting legacy of the Tadmor Haunted House. “At that age, it is fun to see kids and their families having fun.”
     

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