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Haunted Forest at Grand Farms brings new Halloween attraction to Key Peninsula

Mark Dodson stands inside the witch’s hut at the Haunted Forest at Grand Farms on Key Peninsula.
Mark Dodson stands inside the witch’s hut at the Haunted Forest at Grand Farms on Key Peninsula. jbessex@gateline.com

For those looking for a good fright and a haunting experience, there’s a new attraction in the Key Peninsula neck of the woods offering scares galore to Halloween enthusiasts.

The Haunted Forest at Grand Farms opened Sept. 30, offering almost a mile-long haunted walk through the woods.

The creation of Mark Dodson, the Haunted Forest was constructed over the past three months, according to his wife, Anni Dodson.

“The Haunted Forest is his whole vision,” she said. “It’s been a thought process since last November. As far as building, that’s been over the last three months.”

The walk through the woods features 12 actors to spook participants as they travel from the dragon-guarded gate and along the dimly lit trail through the forest.

Cost for the Haunted Forest is $12 per person on a regular night and $5 per person during the two family days, Oct. 16 and 23, which includes a bonfire break at the center of the forest.

Grand Farms is a 27-acre family farm located in Vaughn, purchased by Anni’s family in 2012 from the Easterseals.

The farm features an event center for outdoor weddings and events, along with horse boarding, lessons and training by Anni.

The Haunted Forest is one new event that the farm is putting forward in order to make the property self-sufficient.

“Our property is becoming multi-use,” Anni said. “(Mark) wants the property to work for us.”

The Haunted Forest will run from 6:30 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening through Oct. 30, with two family days, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 23, which will be a little less scary.

“We’re pretty much geared towards kids over 12, old enough to know it’s make believe,” Anni said. “(The walk) is long enough it gives you something to do, but not so long that people will get tired.”

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

The Haunted Forest at Grand Farms

Walks through the forest are from 6:30 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening through October.

Family Days are from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23 for younger visitors.

Grand Farms is located at 17616 S Vaughn Road Kp N in Vaughn.

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