By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

PLAINVILLE -- A place of healing will be used for spooking during the Halloween season.

The former Plainville Rural Hospital, 304. S. Colorado, will reopen as a haunted hospital after six years of vacancy. Rooks County Health Center's staff will operate the attraction from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 and 25. A daytime preview is available from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors who are 8 and older are encouraged to participate, said Darci Kimmerling, RCH communication and development director. Proceeds will fund $6.7 million worth of improvements to the RCH's facility that was built in 2008.

Five more inpatient rooms, a new rehabilitation center and a therapy pool are among the planned expansions.

"It seems fitting that the building that started it all will not go quietly in the night, but go out with a bang, serving in a role contributing to these pending expansion projects for the continued health care of the community," Kimmerling said in a statement.

Regular tickets are $10, and children 12 and younger are $5. Discounts are available for groups and for repeat visits during the same night.