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“Hell’s Gates”: Dawson County haunted house alternative depicts what the end of the world could look like
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Lighthouse Baptist Church in Dawson County is in the middle of its annual haunted house alternative event, “Hells Gates”, which takes attendees on a journey of what the world could be like in the end times according to the Biblical book of Revelation. - photo by Erica Jones

Have you ever wondered what the end of the world could look like?

“Hells Gates”, the annual haunted house alternative event put on by Lighthouse Baptist Church in Dawson County, gives attendees a bone-chilling glimpse into what the end times could look like, according to the book of Revelation in the Bible. 

The hour-long trail takes attendees through what it could be like in the end times, from the rapture to tribulation to the judgement seat. Throughout the experience, the trail follows the storyline of Sarah and Hugo, a couple who handles everything very differently from one another  by choosing different paths, one more biblical and one more worldly. 


Hells Gates weaves current events and news clips together with biblical prophecies and what could happen next. In addition to the storyline, the attraction includes impressive special effects, including gunshots, explosions and fire, which are guaranteed to make you jump. 

According to Lighthouse Baptist Church Pastor Charles Blackstock, this is the tenth year of his church performing Hells Gates. Blackstock said that each year, the storyline and script change enough to keep it exciting even to those who have visited the attraction before. 

“This year we have new videos, a new script, and we’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on it,” Blackstock said. 

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Lighthouse Baptist Church in Dawson County is in the middle of its annual haunted house alternative event, “Hells Gates”, which takes attendees on a journey of what the world could be like in the end times according to the Biblical book of Revelation. - photo by Erica Jones

Blackstock said his church begins work on each year’s production way before October. All of the actors, guides and others who make Hells Gates happen are volunteers, and they put in hours beforehand filming videos, writing scripts, putting together the sets and memorizing lines. 

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Lighthouse Baptist Church in Dawson County is in the middle of its annual haunted house alternative event, “Hells Gates”, which takes attendees on a journey of what the world could be like in the end times according to the Biblical book of Revelation. - photo by Erica Jones
“It takes us somewhere from 150 to 200 people to pull this off, and everyone’s real consistent; they plan weeks and weeks in advance and everything,” Blackstock said. “And whatever you see somebody do once when you go through, they’re doing it 20 or more times every night.” 

Each year, Hells Gates pulls in thousands of visitors from both inside and outside of Dawson County. The attraction runs for three weekends in October and November, for a total of nine nights total with 20 or more groups each night. 

Are you brave enough to walk through Hells Gates and experience the terrifying picture of what the end times could be like? The attraction will run for one more weekend this year, from Nov. 5 through Nov. 7. For more information or to buy tickets, go to https://www.hellsgates.com/.
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