Scare tactics a reliable way to raise funds

Waimate Hospital "horror house" nursing staff and patients seem happy to greet visitors.
Waimate Hospital "horror house" nursing staff and patients seem happy to greet visitors.
This scary clown also gets a few laughs.
This scary clown also gets a few laughs.
This delightful pair are happy to pose for a friendly snapshot.
This delightful pair are happy to pose for a friendly snapshot.
Visitors experience the Waimate Hospital "horror house".
Visitors experience the Waimate Hospital "horror house".
Some of the Waimate Hospital "horror house's" hospital's treatment methods are shocking.
Some of the Waimate Hospital "horror house's" hospital's treatment methods are shocking.
Bandages are an important part of the Waimate Hospital "horror house" costume.
Bandages are an important part of the Waimate Hospital "horror house" costume.
The "horror house" provides spiritual support for those hoping to escape the Waimate Hospital.
The "horror house" provides spiritual support for those hoping to escape the Waimate Hospital.

Farmer Rory Foley is quickly turning Waimate into the horror capital of New Zealand.

Earlier this year Foley ran a horror maize maze on his farm, raising $12,000 for the South Canterbury Cancer Society.

In the weekend he went indoors, turning the former Waimate Hospital into a "horror house", where people paid $15 to be scared witless.

About 20 actors dressed up in the creepy confines of the former hospital's rooms.

At times it seemed more like an asylum as visitors moved through the old building, being unnerved by the antics. Some were startled, others panicked and a few were terrified, but it was all for a good cause.

The Centennial School is $5000 better off as it raises funds for a new playground.

The horror house is set to run again on August 9 and 23. Tickets are available from the maize maze Facebook page.

The Timaru Herald