How do you like your haunted houses -- terrifying, or not too scary? Either way, the haunted house at the Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Mountain View has you covered.
Members of a local writing group have transformed the historic hall at 823 Villa St. into a fright house offering graveyard croquet, refreshments and, for younger children or those who don't enjoy being terrified, behind-the-scenes tours intended to make the experience less scary.
"This tour will be spooky, but is designed to give younger visitors some tools to understand what makes something scary, rather than induce nightmares," said Jessica Dickinson Goodman, a member of the Social and Critique Writing Group that is co-hosting the event.
Admission is free, but donations for Community Services Agency (CSA) will be collected, and for those who want to dabble in the occult, a tarot card reader will be on hand who is donating her $30 fee for readings to CSA, according to Dickinson Goodman.
The haunted house is open on Halloween from 6-11 p.m. The event was designed to be inclusive, and an accessible version of the tour is available upon request, she said.
"Just let us know what you need and we'll do our best," said Dickinson Goodman.
More information is available at the OddFellows Facebook page.