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Heritage Center Spooks host spectral soiree

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Name your poison - Even now the spooks are gathering at the Grand Meadow Heritage Center for the Center's Sixth Annual Haunted House. The popular Halloween howl will be taking place on the Heritage Center's grounds on October 21, 22, 28 and 29. Photo by Ron Flewelling
Are you one of those individuals whose idea of having a high old time is getting the living bejeebers scared out of you so bad that your hands suddenly do a whole lot of trembling and you discover that you are no longer able to sleep without a nightlight?

Does the sight of a werewolf lunging out of a dark corner make you giddy with delight?

Do "ghosties and ghoulies and three legged beasties" rank among your favorite people?

Are "bumps in the night" your idea of white noise?

If your answer is 'yes' to any or all of the above questions, you will undoubtedly be joining that mass migration of witches, warlocks, goblins and other sundry spooky-type critters as they go sallying forth to Grand Meadow's Haunted House.

For the past six years, the demonic denizens and other fiendish folk of the Grand Meadow Heritage Center have established a track record of really putting the howl back into Halloween.

They earmark the last two weekends of October to show folks how to really celebrate the holiday.

In other words, they enjoy nothing better than getting into the spirit of Halloween...which in this case means doing their level best at giving all visitors nervous breakdowns and angst attacks.

Well, judging by the rustle of the bat wings overhead and the shrill screech of the owl off in the distance, it's that time of the year again and even now the howls of rabid werewolves are echoing across the hills of the Little Sioux River Valley as they start tuning up for sixth installment of the Heritage Center's Annual Haunting Hullabaloo.

This year, the Heritage Center's Haunted House will be bigger and better, covering all three floors and every dark corner of the historic old two-room school house, an area that rabidly ranges from the oozing slime of the basement to the shadowy nether reaches of the structure.

Once again, there will be plenty of demented demons and other ghoulish gurus and gremlins awaiting you in those little out of the way places in the darkness just beyond the light of an upstairs room or two.

There even is a rumor being bandied about that many of the spooks on hand helping out at the event have an eerie likeness to River Valley high school's FCCLA teacher Leah Graham and several of her students.

If you are one of those faint of heart folks who can't tolerate a little jolt of fear-inspired adrenaline on occasion, don't worry...there will also be a lot of stories, crafts and games specially earmarked for the kids and those sissy grownups who chicken out of going into the Haunted House.

These will be taking place in the safe confines of the Center's Old Barn every night of the Haunting.

If you are in the mood for a rustic spectral spin, you can take your favorite spook on one of the hayrides that will be taking place during the event.

The Little Train will also be on hand at the Haunting to give youngsters some good old Halloween spins around the Center's grounds.

Since getting the living daylights scared out of you can really whip one's appetite into overdrive, there will be a holiday menu of treats, including taverns, hot dogs, caramel apples and hot chocolate, offered for sale during the Haunting.

The Grand Meadow Heritage Center's Haunted House will take place on October 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 7 p.m. till 11 p.m. all nights of the event.

The Heritage Center is located at the junction of 630th Street and D Avenue.

It is 15 miles south of Marcus on L-36 or four miles west of Washta on C-66 and two miles north on L-36.

It won't be difficult to find...

Just follow me...but fair warning...

I break for Banshees...

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