|10/21/2010 9:10:00 PM|
Thrills and Creepiness
So what does one who enjoys the ghosts and goblins and general creepiness of Halloween do to celebrate the spookiness of the season along the sometimes dark and scary stretch of desolate Highway 39 located on the ridge west of Hollandale and east of Mineral Point?
- If you're Matt Anderson, you put your creative ideas and notions of scaring others in a good-natured way to work and you build the mother lode of local area haunted houses, name it "The 5th Dimension" and then - you open it to the general public for the Halloween season!
The creepy looking house will be open for haunted house tours during the last two weeks of October. It will be open Friday and Saturday, October 22-23 and again Halloween weekend when it will be open Friday, October 29 through Sunday, October 31 and on all five dates will be open from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Anderson, a Pecatonica High School Class of 2000 graduate and rural Mineral Point dairy farmer, says he truly gets a charge out of this time of year.
"I love Halloween - always have, always will and my wife Tiffany and I have traveled all over, visiting other towns like Green Bay and Milwaukee and Waukesha to see their Halloween season haunted houses and I always wanted to do something similar here, close to home," says Anderson. "But I knew if I was going to do it I didn't want to do it on a small scale. I wanted to do it big - and fortunately with the help of a lot of friends and volunteers who are skilled in the trades and who have assisted these past few weeks, we now have our own 16 room haunted house ready for visitors."
Anderson promises ghosts and goblins, creepy creatures, blood 'n guts, lighting and sound effects and a little bit of gore and more.... with rooms throughout the house featuring titles like "Neon Thrills" and "The Graveyard", "Dark Torture", "Emily's Bedroom, The "Chop Shop", "The Meat Locker", "The Point of No Return".... and more.
The Andersons and some of their adult friends will be staffing the house and he promises that teenagers and adults who visit will love it......although at times, maybe they'll possibly feel the hair stand up upon the back of their necks!
An old farmhouse is the site of the 5 Dimension haunted house and it has been carved up a bit and artistically enhanced by the Andersons and by helpers such as Shaun Christiansen, Jerred Mundth, Kurt Riha, Jason Hughes, Shawn Hanson, Travis Gilbertson, Colin Bethke, Jamy Dorota, Nicole Bollinger, and other family friends and Anderson applauds them, stating that they have put in plenty of hours in recent weeks, decorating and enhancing the house into something well...scary and frightfully unique.
"It's a real house....and we've taken it and made rooms within rooms in some cases - so instead of 8 rooms, there are now around 16," says Anderson.
"Scary, yes......and is it okay for young children - no, probably not," says Anderson.
"I've been telling people - if you think your child is too young to go through a haunted house like this - well then, yes, they probably are!"
He says it's geared for middle school and high school age kids and adults.
Anderson welcomes everyone to come to Hollandale - to begin the 5th Dimension experience.
Participants will be transported by special van service that he has arranged - from Hollandale to The 5th Dimension - and back again.
The stretch of State Highway 39 from Hollandale to Mineral Point is currently closed and under construction - but Anderson has arranged several passenger vans to transport haunted house customers - from the Hollandale Valley View Park baseball diamond concession stand - to and from the 5th Dimension house located just a few miles west of Hollandale.
Participants are instructed to go to the concession stand at the Hollandale ball park on any of the 5 nights of operation (Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30, 31) and there, at an admission booth/counter, they may purchase a $5 per person, numbered ticket and they will wait for a van ride - until their number is read, at which time their group will be loaded for transport to the house.
"People will go through the house in small groups of 4 or so," adds Anderson. "Because if you get too many people, it loses it's excitement."
He also stresses there will be obvious safety and good behavior rules.
"Let's say there are two teenage boys and two teenage girls present. We won't be sending them through together as a group without a parent accompanying them. If there's not a parent, then we'd separate them and send through a group of girls together - and then a group of guys together later."
Anderson says he estimates it will take around 15 minutes for folks to experience their trip through the house and participants should assume it will take around 45 minutes from the time they leave the Hollandale ball park - until they arrive back at the ball park.
"It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm somewhat of a Halloween freak and have been to many similar haunted house sites in Green Bay, Milwaukee and elsewhere - and in fact my wife and I really enjoyed the ones at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in West Allis and the one (Hauntfest) at the Waukesha County Fairgrounds last Saturday."
"One of the really neat things about this is that for your $5 ticket you get transport to and from The 5th Dimension house, the haunted house tour, and you also get a free game of bowling at Dodge-Point Lanes to be used sometime soon," adds Anderson.
For more information, please contact Mr. Matt Anderson at 608-574-3374.
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