Haunted Mines scares up $100K for local charities

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Thousands of brave souls paid cash to be frightened this past Halloween season at the Haunted Mines and now local organizations are benefiting.

The Haunted Mines organizers are giving away more than $100,000 to local organizations. The Wescott Fire Protection District, the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and the Tri-Lakes Cares food bank will each receive $2,500; and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, host location for the Haunted Mines, will receive nearly $100,000.

Producer Steve Roscio, who brought the fund-raising project to the Mining Museum about six years ago, has built the haunt’s following up to over 20,000 visitors each year.

One hundred percent of the profits from ticket sales to tour the Haunted Mines are returned to the community.

Each year in October, the Haunted Mines opens the old shaft for a spooky tour. 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.

Roscio and his staff of about 100 volunteers have created a business that enables them to support non-profits. Most volunteers are high-school students or college-aged adults.The show opened Sept. 20, with 20 additional days this year.