AURELIA - Aurelia's Haunted Bates Motel, an area Hallowe'en tradition fo 10 years, began its final year of operation on October 18th. The site was "born" in October 1999 and will "die" at the conclusion of Hallowe'en activities on the 31st of October, 2008.
The Bates took its name from two sources: 1) it is located at the corner of Main Street and East 2nd Street in Aurelia in a building which once housed the Farmers' National Bank downstairs and the office of town physician Dr. Bates upstairs, and 2) since the Bates Haunted Motel uses Dr. Bates' office and his name is still on the window after all these years, "Bates" seemed a natural - especially with the connection to Norman Bates' famous motel in the classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho."
The Haunted Bates Motel has been run by a group of volunteers dedicated to scaring the **** out of visitors for 10 years now, and they have had a blast doing it, but now they feel the time has come to close the creaking door.
The Bates Haunted Motel opened its final season of providing a "haunting good time" on October 18 from 8- 10 p.m., and will also be open on Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., and on Hallowe'en evening, Friday October 31, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Admission is still just $5.