SCARE-US HILL: Ball Showcases Governor’s Mansion

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One of the best houses to go to this Halloween is not necessarily a haunted house.

Terrace Hill, the home Iowa’s governors live in during their term, is decked out with about 400 pumpkins and other Halloween decorations.

The decorations were first put up last year and this year six people spent around 1,000 hours decorating the Victorian home.

It’s all for the Scare-Us Hill Pumpkin Ball Thursday night.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes, but guests are not required to dress up. There’s also a live auction, appetizers, drinks, music and even psychics.

The ball benefits the historic home.

“The event is hosted by the Terrace Hill Foundation which is a group of volunteers and they are charged with the upkeep and maintenance of the beautiful residence,” says Mary Mefford.

Tickets for the Scare-Us Hill Pumpkin Ball are $75, or $40 if you are younger than 40 years old.

In the future, organizers hope to add more public showings of the spooky set up.

Some people do believe Terrace Hill is haunted. They claim a little girl roams the house, with her favorite haunt being the elevator.


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