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Haunted Fort Opens For The Season

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Halloween might still be a few weeks away, but Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is already full of spirits.

Crews have been working since June to get the annual tradition up and running and tonight the Haunted Fort is open to the public.

Jon Berg has a sneak preview.

<<"We definitely try to scare people," Haunted Fort Creative Director Matt Schanandore said.

The summer camping season is over and now Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is full of Halloween Spirit.

The Haunted Fort is in its 12th season and has become quite a tradition in the Bismarck/Mandan area.

"It takes a month like October which is usually a slow month for us, and turns it into one of our busiest months," Schanandore said.

"I love autumn and it's great to be outside and the people I work with are a lot of fun and the atmosphere is it's unique," Staff Member Cassandra Becker said.

This is Cassandra Becker's seventh year working at the Haunted Fort, she says it's something she looks forward to every fall.

"It's like a staple, It wouldn't be Halloween or October without Haunted Fort," Becker said.

Every year staff try to change up the Fort to ensure everyone who walks through will get scared.

"It takes a lot of planning, a lot of creative thinking, thinking outside the box, coming up with new ideas, new ways to scare people," Schanandore said.

Not only is it fun for visitors and staff, it's also a great way to promote Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park.

"The funds that we revenue we make from the Haunted Fort goes back into helping our interpretive program we do in the summer, maintaining the buildings out here at Fort Lincoln," Schanandore said.

The haunt is geared towards a PG-13 audience, so the younger kids might want to stay home.>>

Admission is $12.

The ticket office opens tonight at 7 p.m. and the Haunt runs from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Haunted Fort is open every Friday and Saturday night through Halloween.

 

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