Akeley will be hosting the seventh annual Halloween Haunted House event put on by event coordinator and former Akeley Elementary student LaDonna Hanson of Grand Rapids.
Previous shows were hosted in downtown Cass Lake, where Hanson was a teacher at the Area Learning Center in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Leech Lake.
“The Abandoned School House,” located in downtown Akeley, right off state highway 34, will be open to the public Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m., and again Oct. 29 from 5 to 11 p.m.
The Haunted House is a lot of work, but Hanson enjoys spending time creating a safe, inexpensive fun event, close to home that gives teens and adults alike, something to do. Communities do a great job hosting events for the little tots, such as Treat Street, but haunted houses are few and far between.
This year’s admission is $5 at the door. Bring a non-perishable food item for $1 off.
In 2008, more than 500 people from the surrounding area came out of the woodwork to be scared.
The idea started out in a small classroom and gradually grew into the gymnasium and expanded to the former Leech Lake Tribal College in downtown Cass Lake.
Some 50 volunteers logged in more than 150 hours of setting up props, building hidden surprises, manipulating structures, and creating scenes to distract patrons while something waited to scare them around the corner.
All proceeds go back to the Halloween Haunted House for years to come, and it can only keep getting bigger and bigger each year with supporters!
If you wish to be supportive but do not enjoy the scare, consider donating old props, black plastic, tarps, or used costumes by contacting the Haunted House Planning Committee at (218) 259-7404 or e-mail email@example.com.