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Spooky school returns

Scarecrow Village-The Ridge opens Oct. 19, 26

News Photo by Julie Goldberg One of the rooms in the Scarecrow Village-The Ridge is seen here on Monday. It’s a room ready to scare people who come through the haunted attraction on Oct. 19 and 26.

ALPENA — The old Maple Ridge School is once again a haunted attraction this month.

The Scarecrow Village-The Ridge, 7065 Dietz Road, will be open in the former school from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. The last guests will be taken in at 9:15 p.m. unless there’s a line of people waiting.

Admission is $13 a person and guests are entered into a prize drawing.

Co-owner Sandy Reebel said people will take a journey through Dwellers, the first attraction, where the creatures that inhabit the Ridge are located. People will be condemned by a judge before their journey begins.

“We have all kinds of scarers,” Reebel said. “What we basically try to do here is get in people’s minds.”

The second attraction is Frightmares, where people’s worst nightmares begin, Reebel said. She said the attractions are intense, but not gory.

There will be 36 scare actors from age 7 to 63 in the rooms who will scare the guests, by either staying still or jumping at them.

Reebel and co-owner Dawn Oliver have been working since January for three days a week on getting the building ready. Reebel said the first thing is having an idea for the place and then working through each room.

“We create everything in this building,” Oliver said.

Surveys were taken to figure out what people were scared of, which provided inspiration for the rooms.

“I am so excited, I can’t wait to do my acting part,” Oliver said. “It’s just a lot of fun. I can’t wait. Bring it.”

Plans are in the works to open again in July with a creepy theme of some sort, Reebel said.

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.

If you go

∫ WHAT: The Scarecrow Village-The Ridge

∫ WHEN: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26

∫ WHERE: 7025 Dietz Road, Alpena

∫ INFO: Cost is $13 a person. Contact 989-255-0209 for more information.