UVA Wise students studying the art of scaring people

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(Photos: Ben Mays/UVA Wise)

WISE, Va. (WJHL) — A class at UVA Wise is teaching students how to scare people.

Through the “Haunting Houses” course, students are learning to design, set up, and operate a haunted house.

With some help from community members, the students are getting “on-the-job” training by operating a haunted attraction called the Forbidden Fairground at the Wise County Fairgrounds. The attraction also serves as a fundraising event for the college’s theater division.

“Many local people, businesses, and organizations have contributed to this fundraiser in so many ways,” professor Ben Mays said in a release. “We are most appreciative for their past and continued support.”

Mays said this is the third year that the course has been offered.

Forbidden Fairgrounds shows will take place each Friday and Saturday through Oct. 23. The final shows will be held Thursday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 per person with sales beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

For more information, visit the Forbidden Fairgrounds Facebook page.

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