Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Are you looking for some spooky action to get into the Halloween mood? Visit our area haunted houses.

Okay, so they aren't all houses. Around here, we have a haunted barn and a haunted mill too. Still, they are lots of fun and some help out good causes to boot.

In Orangeville, the Old Haunted Mill is a tradition that benefits the fire department. It is open every Friday and Saturday evening from 7 until 10 pm. Park at the fire department, and purchase your $6 ticket there. The adventure starts there and continues at the mill where ghosts, goblins, ghouls and, of course, Beetlejuice, a classic feature here at the mill, will do their best to frighten you.

Try the Lena Haunted Barn as well. This one is two barn, actually, and a trail that comes around through outside. It is also great fun and a community fundraising event. Park at the Lions Park in central Lena to purchase your $7 ticket. You can wait for the buses that take you to the barns or splurge for the ride in the hearse. Personally, we have always found it worth the extra $5 per ticket for the hearse because of how much time it saves, leaving us more time for dinner before our adventure. Lena is unique for the slide from one barn to the other. Most haunted houses have one slide, but this one is huge and great fun. After you make it out, warm yourself by the campfire outside and enjoy the evening.

Finally, check out Mount Carroll's Raven's Grin. This one is a houses, and is delightfully spooky too. Reservations are recommended for this one, but you can just stop in if you are not worried about wait times. Raven's Grin is a private business, and it is open much later, from 7 until midnight seven days a week, and from 2 until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, supposedly the perfect time to bring the kids if they like a fright. Tickets are $12 for a tour that lasts about 1.5 hours, and groups are welcome.

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