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Visit the KHS ‘Haunted Doghouse’ on Oct. 21 If You Dare

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Families are also invited to free trick-or-treating that same evening

Kearney, Mo., October 13, 2023: Get ready to have a scary good time, Bulldogs!

The Kearney High School Theatre program is hosting a Halloween-themed “Haunted Doghouse” from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at the school. There will also be traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating through the high school hallways from 5 to 7 p.m. that same evening.

Both events are open to the public and appropriate for children of all ages. Entry for the haunted house will be $3 for students and $5 for adults. The trick-or-treating is free for students.

The “Haunted Doghouse” was organized by the cast of the upcoming KHS production of the Disney musical “The Little Mermaid” as a way to both create a fun community event for Halloween and help raise money for the Theatre program.

About two dozen KHS students will be involved in planning, preparing and performing in the haunted house. Program Director Haley Kernes also observed that this was a Real World Learning experience for her students.

“They approached me with this idea as a way to support the fall musical,” Ms. Kernes said. “I thought it was a great idea because it’s a new opportunity for the kids to learn new skills by trying something they’ve never done before.”

The haunted house will wind its way from the main KHS entrance, around the recently renovated auditorium and through the performing arts wing of the school. Kernes emphasized that the event will be family-friendly, with absolutely no contact from the performers.

“The Little Mermaid” production will be performed on Nov. 15-18 at the high school. Information and tickets are available at

Representatives from several clubs and organizations will be handing out candy in the KHS hallways during the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. Future Farmers of America Advisor Erica Hart organized this as both a fun and free community event and an opportunity to help younger students learn about all of the great extracurricular activities that are available at the school.

“We want this to be something that all of our families can enjoy as a community service,” Mrs. Hart said. “We’re also excited to spark some interest in our future KHS Bulldogs! This will be a chance for our clubs and organizations to get some good publicity.”

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