Field Of Screams Gives Back $60,000 to Charity

By KBJR News 1

October 21, 2011 Updated Oct 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM CDT

CHISHOLM, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)--For some, this time of year presents a chance to seek the spooky thrills of haunted houses, but for others it's a chance to give back to the community.

More than $60,000 has been raised for local charities over the past eight years through proceeds from the Field of Screams, a haunted tour at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.

Program Coordinators say it takes approximately one half hour to walk through the exhibit.

After exhibit costs are met and money is set aside to fund the next year, the Field of Scream Committee determines the amount of money each charity will receive based on volunteer hours donated.

This year 150 volunteers helped to create eighteen different scare scenes.

"They see something in a catalog and they create their theme from there," Shannon Kishel-Roche, Executive Director of the Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce said. "A lot of times they just go through the trailer and take out all the old props and do different things, fashion them different ways, to come up with an area. Some of them think about it year round, base it off of movies, other people find something and go off of something that they've see in a store and purchased."

The Field of Screams will be open on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October.

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