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Pioneer Village dips into the dark side

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Haunted Halloween Village is baa-aaack.

Now in its third year at Pioneer Village Park, it's the perfect place to go to scare up a frightfully fun time this Halloween weekend.

A family-friendly event, the Haunted Village will include a haunted house with an indoor maze, a hayride through the village grounds, and treats for kids. Food and beverages will be available.

It will be open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, from 6 to 10 p.m.

The event is planned and presented by the East Otter Tail County Historical Society. Tish Jensen, vice president of the organization, recommended that families with young children arrive early, while it's still light out, to let little ones explore the grounds.

Jensen said this year's haunted house has been set up in the demonstration building, rather than its former location in the café.

"It's a little bit bigger," she said of the new site. "And that way we'll have treats and food available in the café for a free will offering."

Volunteers have been planning the event since early September.

"It's a community event," Jensen said. "A lot of people from all over have been helping, even if they're not involved with the historical society."

Admission is $6 per person, or $5 with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank. Pioneer Village Park is located north of Perham on County Highway 8.

"It'll be a lot of fun," said Jensen. "Bring your kids."