The sign points the way to the Bates Motel in Aurelia. Photo by Dan Whitney
Last Friday was Hallowe'en - and what better night to close the doors on Aurelia's Haunted Bates Motel.
Founded in October 1999, the Bates has scared the beejeebers out of visitors ever since, thanks to a spooky group of hosts, including Denny and Pam Allen, John Miller, Bob and Amy Mikos, Rod and Cheryl Hasenwinkel, and a whole group of more-than-willing volunteers.
The Bates was open for the last time on Friday night, October 31, 2008, between 7 and 10 p.m., for one last spooky farewell.
The Bates Haunted Motel Hearse was always a regular in Aurelia Homecoming parades. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The Haunted Bates Motel was located in the former office of Aurelia town physician (and surgeon) Dr. Bates. Photo by Dan Whitney.
The Haunted Bates Motel was located on the corner of Main and Second Streets in Aurelia.
This spooky creature was caught on film looking out the back window at the Haunted Bates Motel. Photo by Dan Whitney