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Spend the night in a haunted schoolhouse

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do you have wheelchair accessibility?
Sorry, no wheelchair accessibility in the building.
HAF discourages anyone with health issues or physical restrictions from attending.
Everyone attending must sign a waiver.

What is the purpose of holding these events?
The Farrar School Restoration Project is a non-profit organization.
Funds raised are to maintain and refurbish the schoolhouse.

How do I book an overnight stay?
Choose a date online, contact Nancy at 515 577-4213 to verify the date,
and then pay online, by check or money order.

When may we begin arriving for an overnight stay?
You may arrive as early as 7:00 PM or 5pm if you purchased the option.
 (See our "Booking" page)

Does anyone live in the building?
Yes, the owners live in one room of the building. They remain isolated from your group and investigation unless, of course, you require their assistance.

What is the deposit required to book an overnight stay?
The deposit required is either $270 for a weekday stay or $300 for a weekend.
Once you book an overnight stay you have 10 days to get your deposit to us. 
Any money due beyond the minimum for additional people or options may be paid at door.

What if I only have 3 people coming with me?
That is fine but be aware the amount required for a booking is
based on a 6 person minimum for either weekday or weekend rates.
If you have only 4 people coming you will still have to pay the 6 person minimum.

What should I bring with me for an overnight stay?
We suggest sleeping bags, air mattresses, drinks and snacks.
Please see "What to expect" below

Is there electricity in the building?
Yes, there is access to electricity everywhere in the building except for the 3rd floor.

Are children under 18 allowed at an overnight stay or daylight tour?
Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian with them who can sign
a waiver on the minors behalf.

May we bring alcohol to our event?
For safety and insurance reasons, we must prohibit any alcoholic beverage on the property.

May we bring RVs, campers or tents for the night?
Yes but you must call us to confirm your intent to do so.

How do I book a daylight tour?
Simply call ahead and indicate the time and date you would like the tour.
Tours must be scheduled in advance.

Must I pay in advance for a daylight tour?
For Daylight tours you may pay at the door when you arrive.

Is smoking allowed in the building?
No. Visitors must leave the building to light up.
Please be as quiet as possible when outside out of respect for the neighbors.

Are there bathroom facilities?
Yes, the old girl’s and boy's bathrooms in the gymnasium are available to the public.
The gym has the only working bathrooms in the building. 


What to Expect

The Farrar Schoolhouse is a "known" haunted location here in Iowa visited by hundreds
of Paranormal Groups and other individuals including "My Ghost Story", "Ghost Stalkers", Fox news,
Lazor 103.3 Radio, Des Moines Register, author Steven Lachance, Villisca's Johnny Houser,
Brad and Barry Klinge, Chris Dedman, Rosalyn Bown, Dakota Laden, Jodie Parks, Mike Holeman,
Tim Dwight, Jacqui Carpenter, Chad and Brian Calek, Slipknot's Corey Taylor
Weird Lecture's John Tenney, Filmmaker Christopher Saint Booth and more.

Many alumni, teachers and students, have also visited the schoolhouse.
 Some have left us with great stories of their childhood.
Some have left stories of creepy events from doors closing on their own to
disembodied voices heard during class.
Make sure to check out our evidence pages then consider a visit.
The building would love to meet you!

What to bring: Dress in comfortable clothes. Although there are many places to sit in the
schoolhouse you no doubt will be spending time sitting on the floor. A seat cushion or blanket
might be a good idea if you believe you need it. Bring whatever will make you most
comfortible and is appropriate for the nights weather

Although the gym and 1st floor levels are fairly comfortable keep in mind that the 2nd and 3rd floors can get warm (or cold). We always provide one small room for our guests that is air-conditioned or heated as needed. There are only chairs in the room so you should bring an air mattress or
blanket to sleep on if you wish. The small room (the old school office) also has
a small refrigerator, microwave and a coffee maker provided for our guests.

Please bring only flashlights, cameras or other "investigation" related items.
If you are attending a "Hosted" event your hosts may share equipment with you.
Other then the items mentioned above, rule of thumb is if it fits in your pockets or
carried on your person (Exa: backpacks) it's Ok. Ice Chests are allowed but may be
restricted during large "Hosted" Farrar Events.

We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

HAF discourages anyone with health issues or physical restrictions from attending.
Everyone attending must sign a waiver.

Please note: The owners do live in one of the rooms on the 1st floor.
All necessary steps are taken to isolate. We keep quiet and will not interfere with your
investigation in any way. Of course we are available if an emergency arises. 

Working facilities located only in gym area.
Electricity available everywhere except 3rd floor
Smoking permitted outside only.
Although it may be an all night event you may come and go as you please.
Main doors are unlocked during your stay unless you want otherwise.
Children under 18 will have to be accompanied by an adult.
Must be at least 14 years old to attend "Special" Events
Sorry, alcohol is not allowed in the Schoolhouse.

Please call or email us with questions

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