‘The Purge’ Haunted House Brings Fear to the Valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents volunteered to dress up in scary costumes for the “The Purge” haunted house held Thursday and Friday nights at the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds.

IMPERIAL — Halloween is soon approaching, but don’t be tricked, ghosts and ghouls are right around the corner waiting to put crippling, blood-curdling fear into you. In the spirit of Halloween and with horror in mind, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol, along with members of Explorer Post 4108 and the Imperial Valley Expo hosted a haunted house Thursday and Friday nights at the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds.

The seriously scary haunted house featured “The Purge,” a movie about a wealthy family held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a fictional 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.

“Our goal was to make this haunted house scary and that all those who come here will remember,” said Claudia Quintero, a Border Patrol Agent and event coordinator. “Yesterday we saw a really good crowd, with children as young as four years old who went in twice. However, today we broke records with over 700 people in attendance.”

With a two-night attendance on Thursday and Friday, the event drew over 1,100 people.

Those who dared, walked into a pitch dark area and made their way through several mazes leading to six different rooms featuring the supernatural horror film “The Exorcist”, horror ministry movie “It,” psychological horror film “Saw,” the terrifying psychological film “The Ring,” Christmas horror film “Krampus” and of course, the chiller movie “The Purge.”

“This is the fourth year we’ve put on a haunted house,”said Quintero. “The idea came from my former partner Agent Perez. He’s the one who got this project up and running.”

With over 800 attendees paying the $1 admission, all proceeds will go to the Border Patrol Explorer Post 4108 to assist with training expenses.

“Border Patrol Explorer Post 4108 is a youth group where we teach leadership skills, defense, tactics, and discipline — pretty much what we do as Border Patrol Agents,” said Quintero.

Volunteers included Border Patrol Agents and their families, members of Border Patrol Explorer Post 4108 and the Brawley Police Department Explorer Post.

“We are very grateful for the numerous volunteers, especially for the Border Patrol agents’ families and Brawley Police Department Explorer Post 4310 who spent numerous hours helping with this event,” said Quintero. Special thanks to the Imperial Valley Expo and volunteers for their support in making this haunted house possible. This is the fourth year this event takes place and has always had a great turnout and support by the Valley community.”

“The haunted house was amazing,” said Karen Perez, an Imperial resident. “It was really scary. Everything looked real, just like in the movies. It was awesome.”