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HELLSTEAD MANOR: Local Haunt Frightens Hundreds This Friday The 13th

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It's Friday the 13th and hundreds decided to kick off the weekend with some frightening fun. 

Hellstead Manor, a popular local haunt, celebrated its opening night Friday, kicking off the 2019 Halloween season with a new addition. 

"We’ve expanded this year into the woods and we almost doubled the attraction so it’s exciting," said Eric Lusk, owner and operator of Hellstead Manor. 

Horror thrill seekers  'The Wretched Woods', bringing guests into wooded forest "believed to be the origin that cursed Dr. Halstadt's and his family."

"There is a lot of history here so we kind of tell you the story of the history of the house and we kind of twisted to tell you the more darker side of the house," said Lusk. 

According to Lusk, the home was built in 1851 by Dr. Halstadt. Over the years, he experienced a number of tragedies, from his two children dying to his wife committing suicide. A number of other deaths have also occurred the home. 

This haunted attraction is actually haunted, according to its workers. 

"We’ve had security guards run upstairs because the person in the front room has heard a noise upstairs and they went upstairs and there was a baby crying supposedly and there’s no babies here," said Lusk. 

"And there was foot steps up to the attic," Lusk adds. 

Lusk says he's experienced a few things he can't explain. 

"Just mainly seeing things around the corners, a few doors opening where there’s no draft at all, heavy doors that open by themselves," Lusk said.

"I just want people to know that we’re not your average haunt. We’re not the cookie cutter haunt you go out you see a bunch of clowns, glow-in-the-dark stuff, people chasing you around with chainsaws, we’re not about that. "It’s more original, it’s more fun and it is scary, let me tell you that," said Lusk. 

'Less theatrical, more scary' is how Lusk describes Hellstead Manor. 

You can check it out for yourself. Hellstead Manor is located at 630 Harmony Road in Hallstead, PA. 

It's open every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. through September, and Friday through Sunday starting in October. 

For more information, visit their website http://hellsteadmanor.com/