A Texas mother said a haunted house she attended with her son for Halloween did not disclose it was operated by a church and featured images of abortion and suicide, KTRK-TV reported.
Linda Ybarra said she took her 14-year-old son to the "Hell House" attraction in Pasadena, near Houston expecting to see "the usual Halloween things. You know, zombies and ghouls and goblins, that kind of thing."
There was a young lady lying on a gurney, and two nurses. And one of the nurses was reaching into the lady and pulling out a bunch of gunk, and throwing it on the floor.
- - Linda Ybarra
Instead, she said, they were confronted with a graphic reenactment of an abortion being performed.
"There was a young lady lying on a gurney, and two nurses. And one of the nurses was reaching into the lady and pulling out a bunch of gunk, and throwing it on the floor," Ybarra recalled.
The Halloween-themed attraction also featured actors committing suicide and other sins.
"I quickly realized that this is not something that I wanted to be at," Ybarra said. "So I asked if I could leave, and they did not allow us to leave."
Pastor Lamont Melrose of Potters House Christian Fellowship Church in Pasadena said patrons are not allowed to leave Hell House early due to safety concerns.
He said the attraction's aim is to convince people to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.
"The material we are using to scare people is reality," Melrose said. "We want to give people the horror of what it is to go through an abortion. We want to give people the horror of what it is to deal with a rebellious son that commits suicide."
Ybarra said her tickets did not specify that Hell House was religious in nature.
"You don't convert children like that -- tell them that they are going to hell and things like that," she said. "You just don't do that."