Being scared on a budget – local haunts offer big scare, big savings PDF Print E-mail

For the 19th year in a row, the Pepper Upper Club in Hamburg is hosting their Haunted Woods.
The Haunted Woods are normally one weekend during the month of October, but due to high demand, the club has decided to offer the scare opportunity on two weekends.


This year the haunted woods will be Oct. 14-15 and Oct. 21-22 from 7:30-10:30 p.m.
The Pepper Upper Club is located on US 60, two and a half miles west of Hamburg. 
The cost is also $10 per person and there is a concession stand with all kinds of fall treats.
The Pepper Upper Club is made up of employees of Essroc in speed along with hundreds of volunteers. Last year more than 1,000 people went through on one weekend.
Funds raised at the Haunted Woods are used to keep the Pepper Upper Club’s property in tip-top shape. Members of the Pepper Upper Club can fish and do archery and visit the gun range to name a few.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said one of the event’s organizers Dave Whalen during the 2010 event. “It’s a lot of work and it takes a lot of volunteers to make it happen, but it’s worth it.”
Among the volunteers there are folks from Paoli, Salem, Scottsburg and all areas around and in between.
The Haunted Woods were a vision nearly two decades ago by Debbie Roudenbush and Frank Ganzhubner. Those two, along with Dave Eckert and his wife Brenda really helped the event to take off.
The group is always looking for volunteers to help. Anyone who would like to be part of the 2011 fright-fest, should contact Hagan at 502-523-7614 to get added on the list.   

Delaney Park’s
Haunted Hallows
October is expected to be a busy month for Delaney Park. Cabin reservations are being made at a record pace and while there are plenty of campsites available, they are also filling up fast.
In addition to the outdoor people spending time at the park this fall, a number of other scary people  have made their way to the park.
Every Friday and Saturday between now and Oct. 29, the park is hosting a haunted trail.
Park Manager Jerome Losson said he hasn’t been through it, but he has heard it’s pretty scary.
“I was listening to the radio last weekend and someone came across and said, ‘We have our first crier! Oh wait, she had an accident!’” he said. “I would say it was pretty scary.”
Losson said on Saturday, when the crowd began to thin near closing time, they had a group of people who had visited several other haunted houses early in the night.
“They said this was the best one they had been too,” Losson said.
The cost to enter the park is $4 a car load, but to take a trip through the haunted woods, it cost an additional $10.
That price is much cheaper than other haunts. Some in Louisville charge as much as $25 per person to go through.
“It is real important to us to keep the cost down so people can come out and have a good time,” Losson said.
Losson said if families have some members who are up for a scare and others who are not, there will be other activities going on throughout the evening.
There will also be plenty of concessions available for purchase.
For more information, or to reserve a camp site or cabin, call 812-883-5101.