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Scare for a Cure: A Haunted House with a Purpose

I have Twitter to thank for introducing me to Scare for a Cure, a non-profit out of Austin, Texas, that “raises money for local cancer charities one scream at a time.”

I figured it’d be a good thing to write about today. For one, Halloween is coming and haunted houses are on everyone’s brain. But also because cancer’s on my mind due in part to Patrick Swayze’s death yesterday. I thought Scare for a Cure was a really novel approach to raising both money and awareness for the disease. (In 2007, Scare for a Cure raised $5,000 for breast cancer recovery. In 2008 they doubled that with $10,000 that benefited scholarship funds for four students affected by cancer.)


Scare for a Cure’s mission is to create an “extreme, full contact, interactive haunted house adventure” that’s “guaranteed to chill you to the depths of your soul!”

The premise for this year’s haunted adventure sounds like fun. You’ll join a team of paranormal investigators exploring Dunstan Castle, with its tales of “demons, blood-lust, and a vampire’s quest for world domination.”

It sounds like this isn’t your standard walk around haunted house either. (Well, I’ve never walked through one.) But on their website I read something about crawling…you’ve been warned!


What I really like is they have something called Green-Level Tickets. They’re for people like me who sometimes freak in haunted houses. All you have to do is tell a crew member the experience is too intense and they’ll get you out. That’s pretty cool.

However, for the brave and thrill-seeking amongst you, they also offer Red-Level Tickets that are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Possess those and the experience will be more extreme and intense.

The cost is $20 per person for regular tickets. (Including Green-Level.) $25 will buy you Red-Level admission and all the pulse-pounding terror that you can handle.


The address of Scare for a Cure’s haunted house is 7400 Coldwater Canyon Dr., Austin, Texas. Dates and times are:

  • Friday, October 23rd: 7:30-12:00
  • Saturday, October 24th: 7:30-12:00
  • Sunday, October 25th: 7:30-11:00
  • Wednesday, October 28th: 7:30-11:00
  • Thursday, October 29th: 7:30-11:00
  • Friday, October 30th: 7:30-12:00
  • Saturday, October 31st: 7:30-12:00


This year all net proceeds will go towards benefiting Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas.


Would you love to help Scare for a Cure’s cause but a Haunt Jaunt to Austin to check out Blood Ritual is out of the question? Here’s how you can still help:

  • You can donate money, either online via PayPal or via check. Click here for more info.
  • You can donate items. Check out their wish list for materials, goods and services they could use.
  • Give food to feed the hungry volunteers that make Scare for a Cure’s haunted house such a success.


Does the haunted house(s) in your area benefit a special cause?

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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5 thoughts on “Scare for a Cure: A Haunted House with a Purpose

  1. What a fantastic idea! What a great haunted house idea! What a great price! I wish they could do it in every big city. I’d easily spend $20 for that experience.

  2. Thanks so much Courtney for your support. We definitely make sure our guests have a good time! Net proceeds from this year’s BLOOD RITUAL will benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas!!

  3. Hey Courtney,
    What a cool blog concept. I work over at the Mansion of Terror Haunted House and we are partners with Scare for a Cure. Thanks for the great article on them!

  4. Sure thing, Norma! It was my pleasure to write about such an awesome thing Scare for a Cure is doing!

    And David…THANKS for letting me know about your HH! I’m now following you on Twitter. Expect to be featured in one of my blogs here soon. (I plan on picking it up for Halloween and doing a lot of talking about Haunted Houses. Yours will be PERFECT!)

    And Autumnforest…I was thinking it’s a neat concept too and am curious to see if their idea will spread. And, heck, knowing they have the Green-Level tickets…I’d get one of those and at least TRY to go through…

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