October 11th, 2006 06:25 EST
Charity Event At Munster Mansion
As the time of Halloween festivities rapidly approaches, most of us have set our minds to planning. We plan the perfect costume, the perfect party, the perfect fright. However, as the years come and go, it does become a little tougher to come up with a “new plan”.
I am looking forward to a few parties, but it’s all the same at my age. As for a costume, i’m thinking a devil, only because I haven’t been a devil since I was 8. If I stay the course, next year I’ll be repeating as Yoda. That should be a hoot.
I may have found our salvation, however, my scary friends. I’ve stumbled upon what is perhaps the coolest Halloween haunt around and I just had to share it with the boos and ghouls. If you want a spooky new adventure this year, take a drive down to 1313 Mockingbird Lane in Waxahachie, Texas.
Waxawhachie… you say? Yeah, I know, hard to say, but not hard to find.
Located just 30 miles south of Dallas near interstate 35-East, you’ll find the home of Charles and Sandra McKee.
Now what’s so special about the McKee house? Why would I send you there, you ask? Well, not to put to fine a point on it, the McKee’s live in the Munster Mansion.
Yes, you heard me. Starting in November of 2002, the McKee’s broke ground and raised a few eyebrows by building a near exact replica of the spooky 1960’s Munster house.
The almost 6,000 square foot home was modeled after Herman and Lily Munster’s house. Now you can’t go get the blueprints for a house like this in Southern Living. Nope, Charles and Sandra watched and studied all 70 Munster’s episodes and drew up their own custom plans to erect the creepy, gothic inspired home. Furnished with antiques galore and all of those scary little knickknacks that make a house a home, the Munster Mansion is dead on.
The McKee family lives year round in the mansion and life goes on pretty much as usual until the Halloween season approaches, then Charles and Sandra open their doors and host a Halloween party to rival them all. This year will be the 5th Annual Charity Event with the proceeds benefiting the Parkland Burn Unit for Kids. The money raised will help send juvenile burn victims to a special camp where they can play, learn, and be with others just like themselves.
The event will be held October 27th and 28th from 6 to 11. Anyone planning to attend should take note that there is free parking at the Waxahachie Jr. High School with a shuttle bus running to and from the Mansion.
Guests can expect a guided tour of 6,ooo square feet of Munster madness, a fortune teller, bouncy house, balloons, and a kid’s costume contest. There will also be a haunted house, a DJ to keep things pumping, and a food court with hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, pretzels, drinks, and all sorts of scary delights.
In attendance for the 3rd time will be Pat Priest, Marilyn Munster from the original show for episodes 14 through 70. The Munster Mansion has also been visited by Butch Patrick-- Eddie Munster, and Al Lewis, who played Grandpa Munster.
Sandra assures me that volunteers are always needed to help during the 2-day event, so get on out there. Have some fun and help raise money for children in need while getting your “spook” on.
For more information, pictures, or to volunteer for this year’s event, visit Sandra and Charles at: