By Chad Koenen


Photo by Dan Broten
After being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the Henning Haunted House will open on Friday night in Henning.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for people who get their thrills from ghosts, goblins, chain saws and buckets of fake blood. This October will be no different along 2nd St. and Fergus Ave. as the annual Henning Haunted house kicks off this weekend in Henning. 

Those who dare to attend the Henning Haunted House will walk through Henning’s old city hall and a creepy mixture of rooms featuring everything from zombies to dark hallways littered with enough fright to make a grown man cry, or even pee their pants (even if it may just be slightly). 

The cost to enter the haunted house will be just $5 a time and all of the money that is raised will be donated back into the community. After canceling the haunted house last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are gearing up for what could be the most scary haunted house to date.

The haunted house has proven to be a popular attraction in Henning in recent years with people coming from as far away as Fargo, N.D., as well as neighboring communities throughout the region. Nearly 800 people walked through the haunted house the last time it was held in 2019. 

The haunted house is completely run by volunteers who decorate each of the rooms. Each room has a different theme and provides a mixture of scary, spooky, and in some cases, just frightening chills. 

One change from years past is the Henning Lions Club will be serving food each night from 6-9 p.m. across the street from the haunted house. 

The Henning Haunted House will be held on October 22-23 and October 29-30 from 7-10 p.m. each night. The haunted house isn’t recommended for people under the age of 10.