Frightful fundraising

Ghost Walk to fund planned youth center off Reno Rd.

BY CARTER LOEFFERLHOLZ

Amanda Eagleton is hoping to scare up enough money to open a youth center for local teens.
Haunted Texas Paranormal will be hosting two fundraising events in Mineral Wells Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, at 8:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will help raise funds for a new youth center – to be located at 1534 East Reno Rd. – for Springtown and Azle youth.
Eagleton’s goal is $5,000, and she has fingers crossed that she’ll reach that tally courtesy of some ghostbusting.
Her current tally is $2,875.
The first part of the Mineral Wells eerie event will be a walking ghost tour featuring the Baker Hotel, the Crazy Water Hotel, two abandoned hospitals, as well as a few more stops along the way.
The tour will last an hour and a half to two hours and is open to all ages.
Tickets are $20 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 6-12 and free for ages five and younger.
After the walking tour, a full paranormal investigation is planned.
Those who purchase the $65 ticket will get a Ghost Hunting 101 class, full use of Haunted Texas Paranormal’s equipment, and snacks and drinks.
This part of the event is only available to those ages 14 and older.
Eagleton plans to see the center – still in its early stages – feature gaming systems, music, pool tables, arcade games, and other forms of entertainment.
The inspiration for a youth center came from Eagleton’s own children.
She said her kids needed more entertainment options close by.
“You have to drive 30 minutes just to even see a movie now,” Eagleton said.
She believes that this will provide a fun, safe space for local teens that will help them avoid getting in trouble.
Although Eagleton already has 35 volunteers helping her, she is still in the process of finding board members in order to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
If all goes well, Eagleton hopes to have the frightfully fun center open by the end of summer.