The sudden loss of the Wausau Jaycee’s haunted house could have created a giant void in the area for frights and thrills in the Wausau area. But fortunately the Boy Scout Troop 599 in Merrill has stepped up to the charge and are now putting the final touches on their spooky addition to Halloween fright with the Haunted Sawmill.
Located in the former Northern Specialty Company building in Merrill, they couldn’t have picked a more creepy building to give us a scare. Inside the building, expect to be thrilled with creepy passageways, tunnels, and special effects including a rotating room.
From the Wausau Daily Herald:
Town of Merrill resident Derek Krzanowski, one of the project’s leaders, said he expects residents to be frightened during the show, the only one of its kind in Merrill for more than a dozen years. Krzanowski created electronic props, such as a moving room, that will be part of the show, he said. About 30 actors will be scattered throughout the building, each playing a role in the show.
The Haunted Sawmill will run the weekends of October 21-23 and October 27-31. Times are 6:p0pm – 10:00pm on week nights and 6:30pm – 11:00pm on the weekends. The shows are geared to a teen and adult audience, but a kid friendly mild show will be offered both Saturdays from 2:00 – 4:00pm.
Admission is $5.00 in advance, $6.00 at the door. Donate a nonperishable food item and receive $1.00 off your at the door admission.
Location is the Northern Specialty Building, 700 Hendricks St in Merrill.
The event, organized by the troop is a fundraiser to help pay for Scouting activities such as summer camp and outings. The youth are taking an active role in the planning, construction, and performing in the haunted sawmill; so this event is as much as a leadership exercise for them as it is a fundraising activity for the troop.
More information and details can be found at The Haunted Sawmill on Facebook.
UPDATE From the Haunted Sawmill: October 26, 2011:
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE ARE EXPANDING OUR HOURS! Come experience what everyone is talking about. Tickets will be sold Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the Saturday guided children’s matinee hours will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and the evening show will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday our hours will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Halloween we will be open during trick-or-treating from 4 to 6 p.m. for a guided children’s matinee. Our awesome Halloween evening finale will begin at 6 p.m. on the 31st. Don’t forget if you bring a non-perishable food item tickets are only $5 at the door. Also, if you purchase an “I survived the Haunted Sawmill” t-shirt you get a free ticket to come back and experience the terrifying tour again – provided of course that you made it all the way through the Haunted Sawmill and didn’t run out screaming in terror.