Haunted Mines opens for the Halloween season

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Thursday marks the first day of the Haunted Mines season.

As the lore goes, 100 miners died mysteriously in the depths of a Colorado gold mine after the greedy mine owner suspected they were stealing. Now, those miners haunt that old shaft.

Organizers of the sixth annual Haunted Mines will open their spooky version of the mine for the Halloween season Sept. 20. And this year, producer Steve Roscio added 20 days to the schedule. The Haunted Mines will be open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday each week and open on the eve of Halloween night and Halloween night. Tickets start at $10.

More than 20,000 visitors are expected to enter the mine, off Interstate 25 at the North Gate Boulevard/Gleneagle exit 156A. All profits from the entry fees and donated back to the community, event organizers said.

Last year, profits topped $100,000 and that money was distributed to the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, Tri-Lakes Cares, the Donald Wescott Fire Department and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

“Where else can you scare people for fun and help the community?” Roscio asked.

More than 100 volunteers have committed thousands of hours to make the mine super creepy.

“This is why we do it,” Roscio said. “This is why we put thousands of hours of work all year.”