Spooky Fun at the Haunted Village

Starting Friday, Oct. 14, the Historic Log Village in Crosslake will be transformed into a the Haunted Village, an interactive walk-through Halloween show that raises money for the Crosslake Historical Society.

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This is the second year in a row that the village has been transformed into a home for witches, werewolves, Bigfoot and more. Visitors to the Haunted Village walk from historical building to historical building, hoping to elude the monsters as they go.

Legend has it that the little village found itself haunted by a windigo- the mythical Native American cannibalistic monster. To rid itself of the windigo, the townspeople hire a witch to force the creature away. The witch is able to get rid of the beast... but the witch never gets her due. When the townspeople are unable to pay the bill for the witch's services, she becomes enraged and unleashes a barrage of mythical monsters onto the town.

Last year's show followed this same tale, but this year the witch is even more enraged at the number of townsfolk who were able to escape her last year. She pulls out all the stops with even more monsters and creatures of the night. Werewolves, phantoms, trolls and Fluffy the Minnesota Bigfoot are lurking in the forest. (But don't worry about Fluffy- he's one of the good guys.) This year even Krampus- Santa's opposite, a horned demon who haunts the holidays- will come to town early, ahead of the Christmas season.

Visitors will feel as though they've been transported back in time as they pass through the logger's quarters cabin, the saloon, original area school house and more historic buildings. The show has been known to include explosions, gunfire, live horses and exciting stunts. Torrie, the bravest horse in Minnesota, will return as a phantom. The show's producer, Doug Taylor, is a professional stunt coordinator and fight choreographer who worked for several years in LA. The show is described as a family-friendly walk-through.

This is the second year for the Haunted Village. New this year is Usher's House Food Truck from the Fargo/Moorhead area, which will be serving soups, brats, hot chocolate, apple cider, soda, caramel popcorn, caramel apples, Scotcharoo bars and more. Proceeds go to the Historical Society. Just like last year, a bonfire will be roaring to relax before or after the show.

The show opens at dark and runs until 10 p.m. on Oct. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28 and 29. Cost for adults is $12, kids 16 and under are $7. Group rates are available by request by calling 218-839-2514.

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