With 17 different haunted sections and up to 20 volunteers ready to make patrons jump, the haunted house in Detroit Lakes, hosted by the Becker County Museum, opened on Friday night to local fear-seekers.
The hauntings will continue on Oct. 29 and 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the 4-H building behind the ice arena. It costs $10 to go through the museum's large screaming setup.
"I don't know that it make me happy to see people terrified, it makes me happy to see people engage, and come, and support," said Becky Mitchell, executive director for the museum. "We have had people go through more than once, and everybody says, 'is it scary?' and I also say, 'it depends on your level of what triggers you.'"
Mitchell admits she gets scared more easily than most, which is why she stays out front, collects money and starts each group on their journey through the building.
"Others that maybe frequent haunted houses and like to watch all of the horror films, they maybe aren't quite as afraid, but it's always a good mix," said Mitchell.
During the opening weekend, between 160 to 180 people made their way through event, which is comparable to last year's attendance, she said.
"There's not another haunted house right in our immediate area, I think is one draw," said Mitchell. "But also, it's all volunteers that help us, so the word spreads. We've got anywhere from 13-year-olds all the way to people in their 70s that are volunteering and helping, so it's a very wide age range of people that are helping -- they draw in their age groups to come."
Volunteer frighteners donate their time and get into costume to work the patrons through the event, and, she said, many of the volunteers from last year came back because they had so much fun last time.
Additionally, Kevin Mitchell, Becky's husband, operates a Wizard-of-Oz-style fear command center behind the scenes and triggers lighting, and various other effects, as he watches patrons pass by on a closed-circuit monitoring system.
The event is also a fundraiser for the Becker County Museum, which incorporates the proceeds in their general programming fund, said Mitchell.
"It helps us continue to do more programming, more outreach," she said. "It's fun to see people get excited. It's fun to see everything from the little kids dragging their parents in because they really want to go through, to a group of 15-year-olds on a Friday or Saturday night wanting to take time out to do something."
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