It’s that special time of year when blood, shrieking and 8-foot tall figures walking on all fours doesn’t necessarily seem out of the norm.
You can take in all that—and more—at the seventh annual Halloween haunted house in Dundas, which has taken on the name Mill Town Haunt this year.
The event, run by Northfield EMT James Ingham, serves as a fundraiser for the Northfield EMS Explorers and a food drive for the Northfield Food Shelf.
Last year the group of volunteers raised $275 for the post and 175 pounds of non-perishable food for the food shelf.
This year’s offering has more than doubled in size from last year’s haunted house and includes many new attractions, including a Hazmat industrial room and an expanded autopsy room. It’ll take more than 30 volunteers to put on the show on Oct. 26, 27 and 31.
SEE PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR’S EVENT
Ingham spends most of the year following Halloween purchasing new costumes, props and supplies to make the event bigger and better. While he knows he invests more money each year putting on the all-volunteer event that what the event has earned each year, it’s not a problem for him.
“I like to entertain folks,” he said. “Halloween is one of my favorite times of years. I like to get dressed up and let the creative juices flow. The more (the event) grows the more I’ll be able to give.”
The group is hopeful for their best turnout this year. They started promoting the event at the Defeat of Jesse James Days and have since made trips—in costume—to downtown Northfield, Faribault and to the campuses of Carleton and St. Olaf.
While the attraction, which includes folks dressed up in costume roaming the nearby sidewalk, parking lot and treeline, is aimed for a little more mature of an audience, Ingham said they can tone it down in the haunted house if they know younger kids are coming through. He said it’s important for the event to be family friendly and inviting to people of all ages.
But for those who are looking for a frightfully good time, volunteer Bill McGeough won’t have a problem.
“We smell fear,” he said. “We’ll find you.”
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Mill Town Haunt (Find them on Facebook)
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Fri. Oct. 26, Sat. Oct. 27, Wed. Oct. 31
WHERE: 8 West Ave., Dundas (County Road 1 through downtown Dundas)
WHO: Varying scares for all ages
PRICE: Admission to the haunted house is a recommendation donation of $1 (or more) per person or one non-perishable food item.