WILLMAR — Living through a pandemic is scary enough. But, it's the Halloween season and that means it's time to embrace the madness. For those looking for a spine-chilling scare chock-full of creepy clowns, werewolves, murderers and more, the haunted house open in Willmar is the place to go.
The experiential attraction is open 7-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday with its last run on Halloween night at 800 Campbell Ave. N.W. in Willmar. The theme of the house is "Where Madness Dwells." Tickets are $10 and some of the proceeds will be donated to the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and the Willmar Lions Club, according to Steve Peppin, the producer of the house.
"In Willmar, there's not a lot of things for young people to do. That was the idea and the reason for the passion behind this," Peppin said. "We're trying to do things for the community and give back."
This is the second year the haunted house is being held. Several members of the Willmar Noon Lions, who typically hold their own haunted house at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, decided to join forces with Peppin and others to create this year's attraction.
"It's not like watching a movie or watching a TV show, or even playing a video game, because you actually have live actors coming out of the darkness. There's that visceral feeling of fear when it's right in front of your face," James Rhodes, the Artistic Designer of the house, said. "Every single room is a different dimension and horror."