“Haunting Ellensburg: The Butcher of the Burg” is Ellensburg’s premier haunted house event, taking
place at the Kittitas Valley Event Center on Fridays and Saturdays in October starting October 10th.
Guests will be pulled into a horrific version of the Old West as they encounter a fearful village overrun
by marauding zombies and flee for their lives from hostile villagers! This professional haunt will be an
assault on the senses, featuring elaborate make-up, costumes, sets, lights, sounds and other effects.
“We’ve had a lot of fun putting together an Old West-themed haunt, coming up with an engaging story
line and developing scary scenes that relate to each other as the guests move from one scene to the
next,” according to Eric Slyter, director of the event.
The event also draws on local history with its partnership with the Kittitas County Historical Museum.
The Haunting Ellensburg website will feature information and stories about Kittitas County’s own
macabre history in the distant (and not-so-distant) past. The event is also being sponsored by local
businesses such as AAA Wildcat Storage, CakeFYI and Butterfly Sundries.
Haunting Ellensburg is actively recruiting scarers to join the Boo Crew. “The first question most
people ask is, ‘Is it going to be scary?’ We wanted to avoid the type of event where you have Dracula
or Freddy Krueger jumping out, or guys in rubber masks and plastic glow-in-the-dark butcher knives,”
says Slyter. “People have really responded in a very positive way to what we have planned, and we
have a lot of excited, talented people on board!” Haunting Ellensburg is drawing volunteers from
Kittitas, Cle Elum and Roslyn in addition to Ellensburg.
Future events will retain the “Haunting Ellensburg” surname, and be updated with the current theme.
The event is produced by Kron, a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit headquartered in Ellensburg which
offers programs for kids, youth and families locally as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. Kron
is known best locally for its “Fencing for Fun,” “Knight School” and similar programs run through
Ellensburg Parks and Recreation, and for annual “Knights of Veritas” appearances at the Ye Olde
County Faire renaissance faire event at the Kittitas Valley Event Center.
Haunting Ellensburg will take place in Frontier Village at the Kittitas County Event Center and
Fairgrounds on Fridays and Saturdays, from October 10th to the 25th. 6-7pm will feature a toned-down
version for school-age kids up to the age of 12; the full version is planned from 7-9pm for ages 13-
adult. Below school-age not recommended. Admission will be $9, though residents should be on the
lookout for coupons and ticket giveaways through local partners of the event.
For more information about Haunting Ellensburg and related programming, please contact Eric Slyter
at 509-855-1500 or email info@HauntingEllensburg.com.
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