Chuck and Sandra McKee are gearing up for their annual Munster Mansion Halloween Charity event, which is scheduled from 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 18-19.
The annual event is used to benefit a charity in Ellis County, with this year’s proceeds going to benefit the Salvation Army Waxahachie Corp.
The Munster Mansion has been a tourist attraction for the past 11 years. Comprised of about 5,000 square feet, the home is the exact replica of the ‘60s sitcom “The Munsters.”
Guest are invited to venture out to 3636 FM 813 and tour the inside of the home. They are also invited to participate in the festivities that will take place on the grounds.
“The event will be filled with an evening of activities ranging from touring the mansion to having your fortune told,” Sandra said. “We are going to have something for everyone in the family. We will have Dusty the Clown on hand providing free face painting. There will also be a professional fire-breather.”
Children’s activities will include bounce houses and a Ferris wheel.
“The Ferris wheel is something new that we decided to try out this year,” she said. “It won’t be one of those extremely high or large ones, but I think the kids are really going to like it.”
Entertainment will be provided by KNON 89.3 radio station.
Guest are encouraged to participate in the costume contest and the dance off, which will both consist of prizes for winner.
In addition to touring the home, activities and entertainment, each year the McKees invite an original cast member of the television show to be a part of the event.
This year Pat Priest, played Marilyn Munster on the television show, will be available to sign autographs and provide photo opportunities for fans.
Priest retired from acting in the ‘80s, but continues to attend some of the nostalgia conventions and Munster reunions around the country. She will be making her way to Waxahachie in a few weeks, and for the first time, Sandra said Priest’s husband will accompany her.
“We are always thrilled to have our guest from the show,” Sandra said. “This year we’re very excited about Pat coming, because for the first time she will be bringing her husband.”
Sandra said she feels this is going to be the best year the event has ever had.
“I don’t know exactly what it is, but I believe this is going to be best one yet,” Sandra said. “I can just feel it. What better way to spend your time than at a family-oriented event that benefits members of your community.”
She said without their home, they would not have the opportunity to help so many people.
“This place gives us a chance to provide something fun for families and give to people in this area,” she added.
Sandra said as they near the event, she is still looking for volunteers.
For those interested in volunteering they may contact her at 214-629-8661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the event are only available at the front gate, advanced tickets aren’t available. Tickets are $20 for adults; $12 for children 12 and younger. Cash is the only form of payment accepted at the event. Free parking will be provided at Finely Junior High located at 2401 Brown Blvd. Free shuttles to and from the event will also be provided from Finely Junior High school. For more information about the Munster Mansion Halloween Charity event, visit munstermansion.com.
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