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Experience a Nightmare on First Street

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Fountain Features

Paul and Regan Little stand at the entrance to a Nightmare on First Street. Photo by Barb Jeffers

Screams will be heard in the graveyard, shrieks will echo through the haunted barn, and cries will send shivers down your spine. If this sounds like fun to you, be sure to grab your boys and ghouls and come to the third annual Nightmare on First Street: Field of Screams & Haunted Barn at 609 First Street in Fountain, Minn. this Halloween season.

After “haunting” their front yard in 2011, Paul and Regan Little began creating the spooky masterpiece in 2012 when they thought it would be a fun use of an old barn on the property.

Many hours were spent by Paul and Regan, along with their children Logan and Demery, tearing down a building and cutting walls into chunks which would be used to make the many different rooms or “scenes” in the barn. There were almost 300 visitors with the proceeds being donated to the Fillmore County Food Shelf in 2012. With such a large response and very little advertising, along with attendees urging the couple, the decision was made to continue in 2013 and ramp up the scariness even more. This meant more work for the Little family and many changes and upgrades have been made since last year.

The theme for Nightmare on First Street in 2013 is a traveling circus which was seeking shelter in the barn on a stormy night and none of them were ever seen again. Participants will learn the entire story prior to entering. Before reaching the Haunted Barn, one must walk through the Field of Screams which includes the “corn shock field” where there will be “scare-people.” Also be on the lookout for the electric chair and gallows as you are walking in the dark.

Next comes the cemetery which a visitor must walk through in order to reach the haunted barn, and at this point turning around could be more dangerous than continuing on, but under no circumstances does a person want to stop as you may even see death and death will certainly see you! Watch your step in the bone-yard so you don’t trip and wind up landing in Dracula’s open casket or falling onto a fresh grave.

After making it this far the blood-curdling sounds from the barn will make the heart start pumping as you step through the door only to be greeted by a clown who may not make you feel welcome.

Thirteen circus and barn related rooms seem to go on forever while walking on straw in dark narrow passages. A magician, many scary clowns, a fortune teller, trapeze artists, a lion’s cage and much more await before reaching the exit -- if the exit can be found. Those who have been in the barn many times, day and night, have a tough time finding the way out due to secret doors and hidden hallways.

A very unique aspect of Nightmare on First Street are the intricately carved pumpkins which can be found throughout the site. Over 50 carved pumpkins will be used and hopefully each can be noticed and appreciated while attendees are trying to make their way through the barn complete with a 1,200-square-foot labyrinth also located in the haunted barn.  

Paul and Regan state that after participants “escape” from the barn there will be a lighted trail back to the beginning. The fun does not end once out of the barn, however. Stop and see the witch’s cauldron while enjoying hot chocolate and circus popcorn. There will also be photo opportunities with scary scenes perfect for picture taking.

Paul Little states, “The Haunted Barn will be creepy and scary and full of dark humor.” Although the Haunted Barn is definitely spooky and frightening, Paul says, “There is nothing we can do to scare people more than their imagination” will frighten them.

The proceeds for this year’s Nightmare on First Street will be split between the City of Fountain’s 150th Anniversary celebration and the Fillmore County Food Shelf. The entrance fee will be a minimum donation of $5 per person. A babysitting service will be available for parents who feel the Haunted Barn may be too scary for their children.

The Nightmare on First Street will open its doors, caskets, and your imagination from Friday, October 25, 2013, through Saturday, November 2, 2013, from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. Pumpkin carvers will be needed on October 24 and 25. For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation please call 507-268-4306. Watch for photos from the Nightmare on First Street which will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Fillmore County Journal.

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