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Knox Mansion haunted for Halloween

October 29, 2011
By JOHN R. BECKER , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Knox Mansion is haunted - at least for the next few days.

More than 40 volunteers, including students from Knox Junior High School and Johnstown High School, have gathered to put on the 18th annual "Haunted Mansion" at the historic house, owned by Marty Quinn.

The first thing a person sees walking through the house is a monster staring out of a large television set, and it gets scarier from there. Zombies, monsters, skeletons and a fortune teller with a crystal ball greet those who want to be haunted, while bats and other creatures scream as they jump into view. Flashing strobe lights made the effect all the more eerie.

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A fortune teller summons the spirits at the Haunted Mansion at Knox Mansion in Johnstown.

The Leader-Herald/John R. Becker

"We start in September, and from then on it's 'Go, go, go," organizer Shannon Smith said.

The "Haunted Mansion" continues from 7 to 10 p.m. today and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, Halloween, it will be open beginning at 6 p.m. until the last trick-or-treater has an opportunity to see it, Quinn said.

The mansion will be the scene of a Victorian Christmas presentation in December, Quinn said.

Knox Mansion, located at 104 W. Second Ave. in Johnstown, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Victorian-style house was built in 1898 by millionaire industrialist Charles B. Knox at a cost of $1.2 million.

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