2012-10-11 / Front Page

‘Haunted Acres’ returns for October

Attraction opens for the season, promises new attractions

GERMFASK – Haunted Acres is returning for its fifth annual year, aimed at scaring area residents just in time for Halloween. The Acres, located in Germfask, will hold its opening weekend on Oct. 12 – 13.

According to one volunteer, Jen Berry, Haunted Acres originally opened in 2008 with the intent of lasting only one season. That plan changed, however, when the event was more successful than predicted.

“We were just going to do it one year, and have a little haunted trail, and now it’s getting bigger,” she said.

The mission behind the Haunted Acres also keeps it going, Berry added, as a majority of the proceeds go to charitable causes. In fact, the Acres donates a signifi cant portion of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in addition to a variety of other local organizations and charities. While this part of the Acres was originally an “afterthought”, Berry noted it soon became the biggest reason why those behind the scary attraction kept it going.

“We try to give back to the community,” she said.

Proceeds earned by admission to the Acres are matched by Thrivent Financial, a Lutheran financial group in Escanaba, and divided among organizations chosen by the attraction’s volunteers. In fact, Berry explained it is because of the effort of volunteers that the Acres is able to donate more and get the attraction up and running.

“We start in the beginning of August,” she said. “It’s a family effort and a lot of our friends help us – it’s all volunteers.”

Some of the attractions at the Haunted Acres include: the Clown House, Greenhouse Tunnel, a hearse, and a new concession stand.

“We have the ‘Vortex Tunnel’ – it’s the only vortex in Upper Michigan, and it was built by one of our own,” she said. “We also have the ‘Dollhouse’ this year. That’s a newly built house within the trail.”

Berry warns against those with health conditions from entering the Acres. Those under 7-years-old will not be admitted to the attractions, no exceptions.

“It’s not your children’s haunted house – it’s actually for the older people,” she said. “Our main point is to be really scary, which is different from what everyone else is doing.”

The Haunted Acres is only open on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October. Specific dates are: Oct. 12 – 13, Oct. 19 – 20, and Oct. 26 – 27. The Acres opens each night at 7:30 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Admission to the main trail “Night Tremors” is $4 per person, while admittance to the Vortex Tunnel is $1. For more information on the attractions, visit the website at www.freewebs.com/hauntedacresgermfask, search for them on Facebook, or call (906) 586-6039.

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