MIDLOTHIAN — Each Halloween season there’s always

“that house” creating a hum among curious trick-or-treaters. The

Rusty Minter home is hoping to stir up that kind of buzz, and

there’s more than a Halloween-ish message being served up at this

Midlothian haunt. 

“It’s a passion of mine to create this kind of

experience for kids, and my family along with our neighbors Matt

and Karrie Pressnell found a way to take it to the next level,”

Minter said. “We’ve designed an unusual haunted house, which is

free admission, but if so inclined a donation can be made going to

support a Midlothian teen in her battle with cancer. “

“We got this project off the ground last year, and it

benefitted a fourth-grader experiencing the same situation. We’re

hoping our community steps up again to show support for Chelsie

Watts this time.”

Karrie Pressnell explained they discovered the plight

of 17-year-old Watts through exchanges on Facebook, and they were

all inspired by the Midlothian High School senior’s unshakeable


“This young woman amazes me with the hope she emits,

and we knew we had to contribute to making her journey as

successful as possible,” Karrie said. “This disease knows no

boundaries when it comes to who it affects, and if we can make a

difference in one person’s life, then that’s what it’s all about.”


Minter also added his own experience watching his

step father bravely fight against this disease keeps the motivation

to help others at the top of the list. He explained it may not be

the largest or scariest haunted house, but it’s full of surprises

around every turn much like what you find in life.

“We hope you’ll stop by for a thrill or two, which

will animatronically wow you,” Rusty said. “And the treats we’ll be

giving out include candy, but we’re also serving up free hotdogs,

nachos, popcorn and even cotton candy!”

The Minter and Pressnell haunted house starts

tonight, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and runs through Halloween night. It’s

located at 1014 N. Carolina Avenue, which is found in Park Place

East subdivision in Midlothian. Admission is free, but donations

will be accepted.    


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