Monster Bash is more than just a haunted house, it’s about creating a Halloween experience. Beyond that, it’s also about helping promote the arts and support musical goals at Fillmore Central.

Jay Masters, one of the organizers of Monster Bash, explained there has been major growth and development in the Monster Bash program this past year. It has been incorporated into its own non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 tax exempt status.

A building has been purchased to serve as a permanent home for the annual Monster Bash haunted house, but which will also serve as a location of many other special events, including a murder mystery dinner theater this spring and a fundraising gala set for July 1.

The building once served as Slim’s Woodshed in Harmony, but Masters and his fellow Monster Bash volunteers have a new vision for the structure. Not only will it provide a larger staging area for the annual haunted house, there will be additional room for makeup, costumes, concessions and gathering spaces during the October event.

First, however, there is a great deal of work to be done to “seal up” the building and make it a safe place to host the events.

Of course, with those plans comes the need for funds to pay for the improvements. Therefore, Masters and his committee members have kicked off a fundraising campaign to raise $100,000.

The building was purchased for $55,000, with additional costs incurred in the closing and to get the building insured. Masters said the Harmony EDA was supportive of the project and provided a $35,000 low-interest loan, so a portion of the fundraising goal will go towards paying off that loan.

Upcoming fundraising events

Later this spring, with a date yet to be determined, Masters said there will be a murder mystery dinner theater at the Monster Bash building. Even though the details are still being developed, Masters promises that this will be a hair-raising event.

A gala is being planned for July 1 at the building, with food, music and lots of activities that will entertain those who attend. There will be a photo booth, silent auction items and raffles that will promote the Monster Bash experience.

Donations

Masters pointed out that if individuals want to donate towards the capital campaign, a GoFundMe page has been established for the Monster Bash. Go to gofundme.com and enter Monster Bash Capital Campaign.

Also, supporters can make donations locally at the First Southeast Bank in Harmony by making checks payable to the Monster Bash Capital Campaign.

Thanks to some generous donors, Masters said they have achieved about 40 percent of the fundraising goals – banking $37,700 as of Monday.

“People have been very generous,” he reiterated. “We will be recognizing our big donors (of $500 or more) on a plaque in the building, which will be there for as long as we own the building. There are a lot of people out there who have supported us and believe in what we are doing.”

More information

Masters urged supporters to continually check the Monster Bash Facebook page and the website fchsmonsterbash.com for more information on fundraisers and the most current information about the building renovations.

He urged anyone to contact him with ideas or comments by emailing monsterbash@harmonytel.net. “Reach out and I will respond,” he noted.

Future support

Masters believes that the Monster Bash building and events that are held throughout the year will continue to benefit Fillmore Central students well into the future.

“Once the building is paid off and we are self-sufficient, not only will we be able to provide support for the band and choir trips, but we hope to establish some Monster Bash scholarships,” Masters said. “But right now, our first priority is to get the building shored up and ready for our events.”