2015-10-04 / Front Page

St. Charles Village of the Living Dead kicks off 2015 season

By Mandilee Hecht
Staff Reporter


The St. Charles Village of the Living Dead is celebrating 30 years. New events this year to help honor the landmark occasion included a parade, creepy caboose and a blood drive. (TCC Photos by Jeanne Marcello) The St. Charles Village of the Living Dead is celebrating 30 years. New events this year to help honor the landmark occasion included a parade, creepy caboose and a blood drive. (TCC Photos by Jeanne Marcello) ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Village of the Living Dead Haunted House, that opened last Friday, celebrates 30 years this Halloween season - a landmark occasion that inspired some new events.

A first-ever Halloween parade helped introduce the haunting season on Thursday, Oct. 1 as well as a Creepy Caboose event and blood drive.

The parade route began at Immaculate Conception Church in St. Charles (708 Sanderson St.) and headed downtown before ending on Water St. at the haunted house, (400 E. Water St.).

Local businesses and organizers that participated in the first-ever parade included the St. Charles Area Museum, local cheerleaders, the fire department, St. Charles band members, Subway, Salon Eclips, Community State Bank, Bad River Bar and Grill, and Mercantile Bank among others.

Other events for the Village’s 30th celebration was a first-ever Creepy Caboose for youngsters at the St. Charles Area Museum on Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. The kid-friendly haunting included a walk through the spooky, Halloweendecorated caboose followed by apple cider and candy in the museum. The event was sponsored by the St. Charles Area Museum (located at 603 Chesaning St.) and supported by the St. Charles Village of the Living Dead.

Area residents also gave a little “ Halloween blood” that Thursday, during a blood drive through Michigan Blood at the haunted house from 3 to 8 p.m. The St. Charles Haunted House Association has raised over $750,000 for the community of St. Charles since the inception of its Village of the Living Dead Haunted House 30 years ago in 1985.

“It is really exciting to see the way the community has wrapped around us to support our 30th year,” association treasurer Lisa Guyton said. “The kids and community are why we do this.”

Recently the haunted house celebrated its volunteers with a night in the VIP lounge at Stardust Lanes.

“We always have an event before the house officially opens to thank our volunteers for all they do for us. We bowled, watched videos, played some pool and of course had some good food and laughs to celebrate our amazing volunteers,” Guyton said.

“If you have never been to the haunted house, this is the year to do it. If you have been before, it’s different, so come back – we’re ready to make you scream,” she said.

The St. Charles Village of the Living Dead Haunted House officially began its season Friday, Oct. 2. It will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October until Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31). Hours are 7 p.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 - 10 p.m. on Sundays. Cost is $8.

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