Those looking for a few thrills for Halloween will once again be able to visit the Hatch & Kravens Slaughterhouse throughout October.
The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission’s board of adjustments recently approved a temporary use permit for the attraction at 1400 W. Taylor to operate as a haunted house from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31 this year and on Feb. 8-9 next year for a Valentine’s show.
“We’re asking to renew our temporary use permit to have our haunted house again down at the old Anderson slaughterhouse,” John LeBlanc, who represented the attraction before the board, said. “The only changes (this year) are the dates of service and dates of operation.”
The hours of operation for the attraction will be 8 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays. Optional alternate dates for rain outs and special nights for Grayson College and Austin College will be Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26.
Commission Chairman Clay Mahone noted the slaughterhouse has been approved every year since 2007, except for 2011.
“We took one year off,” LeBlanc said. “But this will be our tenth year.”
LeBlanc said the local fire marshal will inspect the location before it opens for business and none of its signs are changing. As part of the temporary use permit, the city requires signs be placed no more than 30 days before the opening and removed by 10 days after the event ends. The slaughterhouse’s representative also said there will be no outdoor loud speakers used as part of the attraction.
“If there’s any music or anything, it’s played inside the venue itself,” LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc told the commission there will be no parking allowed on the street.
“We have all the property there in front of the haunted house where the snow cone stand is and beyond that all the way up to the big two story bike house, that’s where Mr. (Charles E.) Anderson lives,” LeBlanc said. “And there’s even room for parking around the side of his house.”