As a Halloween attraction featuring multiple haunted houses in Nebraska, School District 13 Haunted Attraction is an ideal location for Halloween vacations. That’s because we’re smack-dab in the center of the United States along Interstate-80 and only a day-trip away from Denver. There’s a trend right now worldwide toward travel that’s more edgy, people-oriented (as opposed to destination-oriented), and down-to-earth, which is why most of our patrons come from areas like Cheyenne, Wyoming, Denver, Lincoln, or Omaha and beyond. We’ve had patrons from all over the world who come to see School District 13 because they’re curious about Halloween, but they’re also curious about small town life in the USA.
A lot of people are bored with the same-old, same-old when it comes to their time off from work. How many times can a family go to Six Flags or other theme parks before it’s time to try something different? And small towns with their rural culture are mystifying. Farming communities in Nebraska especially, are tight-lipped and hard for outsiders to penetrate. It can take two generations of continuous existence in a small town before the town residents will call a person “local”. But that’s what makes small towns fascinating too. And if you have an “in” to get to see the small town culture up-close, it’s just that much more fascinating.
In terms of October vacation ideas, I’m not talking about going to another pumpkin patch or visiting another farm that includes a petting zoo and a tiny village built just for bunnies. I’m talking about walking through city streets in a small, desolate rural town in the middle of the night. I’m talking about cavorting through the park: the hub of a small community and going into the historic buildings in town. I’m talking about going out into a corn maze in Nebraska in the middle of the night and seeing a combine off in the distance cutting corn for harvest. These are unique experiences for urban dwellers. School District 13 Haunted Attraction is not another farm trying to do agri-tourism. Our haunted attraction is completely different from anything you’ll see in Denver or Omaha, Cheyenne, or Lincoln.
For those who travel all the way to Brule, NE for Halloween getaways, I’d recommend making a stop at Boot Hill in Ogallala after you experience the haunted Brule School. Boot Hill as a cemetery filled with cowboys buried with their boots still on, it’s one of the most haunted places in western Nebraska. Afterwards take a few minutes to stop by the Mansion on the Hill and from the street outside, see if there are any lights on in the upstairs rooms (people often report that the lights come on even when there’s no one in the building). These places are about 7 minutes away from School District 13 in Brule so you might as well take a few minutes to get a ghost fix by going and see them.