an event for all ages – The Spectator

The haunted hill is a Halloween-themed fundraiser with a haunted trail. It had its opening weekend on October 7 and 8. The event will be open on October 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29.

It is open on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Haunted Hillside is hosted by and located on the property of Kayla Waterhouse and she explained that the event used to be just for friends and family.

“We have been opening it to the public for four years now. Other than that, I started it probably fourteen years ago in total and it just took me a while to build things,” Waterhouse said. The event has grown and now she has to start preparing for the event in August.

She receives help from friends and family, including Jamie Wagner, Waterhouse’s childhood friend. Wagner is the kennel manager of the Dunn County Humane Society where she has worked for more than sixteen years for which the event raises funds.

“When we decided to open it to the public, we started talking and thought it would be a great event that we could raise money for homeless animals in Dunn County,” Wagner said.

They raise money for the Humane Society by drawing people into the event with the many activities they have, according to Waterhouse.

Waterhouse said they have mini golf, the egg and spoon race, burlap sack races, cornhole, checkers, tic tac toe, photo ops, free pumpkins and water bottles , face paint, coloring pages, Halloween movies playing on a TV and a corn pit.

The event is available for all ages. They also have sellers of Scentsy, Usborne Books, Paparazzi Jewelry, Colorstreet Nails and more.

There are also concessions, which raise funds for Strong arms to help families which operates out of Colfax. Donations are encouraged at the event as there is no charge to attend. Besides vendors and games, there is also the haunted trail.

The trail has many sense-activated animatronics located throughout. The trail also has a tunnel that leads to a corn maze that ends in a graveyard. The trail also has actors spread throughout.

However, they only have actors in the evening and not in the afternoon. Waterhouse said it was so the kids were less afraid to go there in the afternoon. She also said that the tunnel is a new addition this year.

When asked what the scariest part of the trail was, Waterhouses replied, “It kind of depends on how scared you are.”

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