Halloween haunt in Hudson to close after 10 years of scares

The Dreadwood Haunted Forest says this year will be its last.
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A Halloween haunt in Hudson is calling it quits after 10 years, saying this year's scarefest will be its last.

The four-person team behind the Dreadwood Haunted Forest announced this week that after 10 years of scaring the crap out of people in the name of charity, they're bringing it to an end.

A message from the board of Darrin Johnson, Becki LeMire, Alan Madison, and Emily Gerbig read: "Two years ago the owners began thinking about how long we could continue operating our haunt with our lives being so different than when we started. Becki and Al’s careers have changed. Emily and Darrin now have young children. It was a difficult decision, but we knew it was time to bring closure to our beloved haunt

"As bittersweet as it is, this season marks our 10th anniversary, and the final season of Dreadwood Haunted Forest."

Johnson, of Inver Grove Heights, originally had the idea of creating the haunt in the backwoods of Wisconsin, and initially thought that only 50 people would turn up to opening night.

As it turns out, more than 350 turn up, and the team knew they had a hit on their hands.

What's more, the entirely volunteer-run seasonal event donated money each year to local charities, totaling a whopping $187,000 since 2010.

On top of that, they've managed to donate some 23,000 lbs of food to local food shelves.

Dreadwood Forest is open for 8 nights on Fridays and Saturdays in October, costing $16 per ticket. It's located just off of County Road E in Hudson, about 25 miles east of St. Paul.

You can find directions to the haunt here.

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