Wisc. Campground Turns Scary for Schools
Every October since 2005, Brussels, Wisc. has gotten a little scarier as volunteers convert a campground into a haunted mansion to benefit area schools.
The groups turn Quietwoods South Campground into the Southern Door Haunted Mansion, an event that raises money for Southern Door Schools, according to the Peninsula Post.
Every year at the end of September they weave corn stalks into a snow fence, transform an outdoor pavilion into a spooky haunted mansion and design new thrills to scare the thousands of visitors who make their way through every year.
“Every year the house itself is different,” said Sue Marchant, one of the lead volunteers. “Different hallways, different rooms, different everything.”
The mansion gets a little less scary between 5:30 and 6:30 pm for “lights up” hours meant for children and those not ready for the real creepy ghosts and ghouls in the regular mansion.
Last year, the Southern Door Haunted Mansion raised $22,487, and donated it to local schools for art, athletics and music programs and to school clubs such as FFA and the math team.
Four thousand people went through the Southern Door Haunted Mansion in 2012 – almost four times as many as the first year. The volunteers keep some of the money to invest in spooky props, like a dummy in an electric chair, that expand the mansion every year.
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