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Merrill Haunted Sawmill OpensSubmitted: 10/12/2012
MERRILL - "If people are looking for a great Halloween scare this is the Haunted House they want to come to," said Hauted Sawmill Creator.

We take you behind the scene of this year's Haunted Sawmill hosted by the Merrill Boy Scout 599.

Dark twists and turns reveal scary scenes right out of a horror film. From mad doctors to blood smeared insane asylums. This spooky tour is bound to give you a freight.

"From the moment they get in line from the moment they exit out the door there's going to be something going on the draw their attention. We have actors outside have actors inside. It's just an all-around incredible experience," said Hersil.

It took more than 40 boys to convert this old sawmill into a house of horrors.

They've been working on it since May.

Hersil said "The building lends itself perfectly for what we want to do. It looks run down. It's creepy, it looks abandon."

This year's theme-Vincent Mudget--the mad sawmill owner who murders anyone who enters. But don't worry he died years ago…or did he?

"You'll see Vincent, Vincent will actually find you if you come in," said Hersil.

The Haunted House is more than just for fun it's a way for the boy scouts to bond and learn valuable skills.

Assistant Scout Master, Dave Stenberg, said "Leadership, construction skills the boys are involved in all phases of it. They'll hang sheeting, weld 2X4's together, putting netting on the top."

So enter if you dare…

"Bring a lot of your friends with you for protection. Hide in the middle of the group. Don't be on the front end or back end because that's where our scarers will get you. But you'll have a good time. Even though we're here to terrify you it's a good time," said Hersil.

Tickets are $7 but if you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to local food pantries then it's $6.

You can win free tickets by answering their daily trivia question on their Facebook page.

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