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WHITEWRIGHT, TX - For many of us visiting a haunted house is like walking through a spooky nightmare. But one Texoma couple says running their own haunted business is a dream come true. KTEN's Katy Blakey goes inside Texoma's newest scary attraction.

Most couples imagine their dream home or a dream vacation. Few dream of running their own haunted corn maze.

"I call this part a high startle area," said Paul Dungan, pointing to a creepy corner of his new business.

"Scaring people - that's the best part," adds Dungan "I've always loved it. Halloween's my favorite holiday."

The dream of running his own haunted business became a reality this year with the opening of the Corn of Evil Haunted Corn Maze in Whitewright.

"My wife thought I was crazy, " said Dungan.

"I thought he was crazy," said Dungan's wife Kendra. "I'm not a haunted house person. I thought he was crazy, but it's been so much fun. We've really had a good time with it."

Visitors throw down $10 to be truly terrified every weekend night in October. It's a slow walk, winding through a 65,000 square foot maze. Unexpected turns and a different fright await guests around every corner.

"At night it just comes alive," said Dungan. "The shadows [and] you're under the stars. There will be a piece of corn and you'll think there's someone there, but there's not. Then you'll get around the corner and someone's there. So you just never know what to expect.

It doesn't look so scary during the day, but at night this place is so creepy kids have run right out of their shoes. The owners have a whole box full.

"We find shoes, cell phones, shirts, sunglasses. We've found everything," said Kendra. "If you're missing anything and you've been through Corn of Evil, give us a call. We probably have it in a box."

The owners says that equates to a job well done. The screams and looks on a visitor's face says it all.

"Fear. They're eyes light up with fear," said Paul. "They're having a good time."

And a true sign of their spooky success? Patron's can't wait to be scared again.

"[They'll ask] 'What time are you open next weekend? When can we come back?'"

Except the KTEN crew - we got out of there by nightfall.

Katy Blakey, KTEN News 

 

To learn more about the Corn of Evil Haunted Corn Maze visit www.cornofevil.com. There you can find details on a special kid-friendly Halloween Trick-or-Treat activity the park will be hosting on October 30th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. It's for kids 10 years old and younger. There will be face painting and a hayride. Admission is $5.00 for kids. Parents are free with a gift of a non-perishable food item for the Whitewright Food Pantry.

Also, be sure to call their weather line 903-364-0153 before you visit to make sure the gates are open.