Looking for a chilling event with friends during Halloween? Come have some scary fun in Spillville. Check out the Grim Crypt Haunted House at 101 Pleasant View. Admission is a free-will donation or a nonperishable item for area food pantries. The two-night haunted house event is this Friday, on Halloween and Saturday night, November 1st from 6 to 10 p.m.
This isn’t a child’s haunted house. It's plain squealing, scary fun as you walk through darkened rooms with strobe lights filled with ghouls and goblins. You will find lots of special effects and mechanical creepiness on your haunted journey into the dark fog. Trust me, the creepy, crawly creatures will move with you triggered by sensors that will make you scream for sure! Even if you aren’t squeamish, this three car garage full of haunting, bloody gouls might just do it! I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but this haunted house is full of great goulish fun!
Michael and Katie Klimesh, along with their son Benji, put in many hours each year in their quest to outdo the last year’s haunted house. Katie has loved Halloween since her youth and all the creepy fun that goes with it. At age 12, she was already very interested in special effects, creepy old movies and more. Her husband Michael wasn’t into Halloween until he met his creative wife and they had their son, Benji. When their son was small, Katie spent much time designing and making special costumes with lights and more. Then they began decorating their yard for the trick-or-treaters with tombstones, cobwebs, and scary music. The trick-or-treaters loved it! Michael even made Katie a chilling coffin that she slowly raised out when people approached. Each year they expanded and changed. They decided to use their single stall garage four years ago for a free haunted house. People who came were amazed at the professional special effects and felt they should charge admission. The couple decided they would move the haunted house to their three car garage on another property so they could expand this year. The family also decided they could use the haunted house as a fundraiser for those in need. Free-will donations will go to the local South Winneshiek High School Trap Team and non-perishables will go to area pantries.
Grab your family and friends and get into the Halloween spirit! They also have a spot for a photo op outside, so wear your costumes!