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By Amber Marra - firstname.lastname@example.org
EDINBURG - Liz Morgan always knew there was something creepy about her home, almost as if there was another presence in it altogether.
Known as Belgravia, the large Victorian-style mansion outside Edinburg is surrounded by fields of horses and two rambunctious dogs that give the property a relaxed, homey feel.
The history behind the tan and purple stead reflect a different atmosphere, however.
According to Morgan, the home was built in 1890 by a man named James Cox, who was the "black sheep" of his family in England because of his affinity for several drinks with dinner and then several more afterward.
"It was built originally as a bachelor pad," Morgan said. "[Cox] was a party guy, from what I understand, so there were some pretty lavish parties here."
If anything, Cox at least had enough room in the home to host the grandest of parties with its spacious rooms and foyer, seven fireplaces, and intricate woodwork throughout -- some of which still bears "C" for the home's original eccentric owner and was shipped over from Belgravia Square in London, Morgan said.
Cox's lifestyle plays into why Morgan believes there is another presence at her home, as a woman wearing a white dress, believed to be the anomalous bachelor's jilted lover, has been seen stalking the grounds.
"She has never hurt anyone, but she has definitely scared people," Morgan said.
It is the sightings of the alleged ghost and the chilling feel of Belgravia that have inspired Morgan to make the full transformation from lavish party house to a ghastly haunted mansion full of surprises for Halloween.
While the house is uncanny enough on its own, Morgan has already started to make it a little more terrifying with the help of her son and his girlfriend.
"The house is so large and so creepy, some people already can't walk through it in the daytime," Morgan said.
Now when visitors walk through the foyer, they are greeted by stringy spider webs up the staircase and a feast of brains by a band of ghouls in the next room. There will also be several rooms to watch out for upstairs, as each will be transformed into a movie-themed freak show.
Upon walking into the upstairs bathroom, visitors will find a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," complete with a dead body streaming blood through the bathtub. An adjacent children's room will mirror the horror film "It," where those walking through will find a familiar character from the movie, a murderous clown out for blood.
In the final room, visitors will find Regan from "The Exorcist" writhing around on a bed waiting for the demon trapped within her body to be expelled.
Amy Neff, of Toms Brook, intends on playing the role of Regan for the haunted house, though she says there are some rooms within Belgravia she refuses to stay in because of the strange nature of some of its artifacts.
"It is very creepy. There is something about that house, it has an air about it, you just get a chill when you walk through," she said.
The tour of Belgravia will then turn up to the attic, which has been turned into somewhat of a tunnel system that leads past a chained prisoner and into the darkness where visitors can expect one last thrill, and perhaps even a visit from the actual ghost that haunts the historic mansion.
Tours of Belgravia will be offered Oct. 28-31 from 7 to 11 p.m. for $10 per person.