Something haunted this way comes.
This Friday and Saturday night in Columbus, ghosts, goblins and other scary stuff lie in wait to all who dare visit the “Nightmare on Main Street” at 528 East Pike Avenue.
Presented by the Stillwater Legacy Trails group, the haunted house opens Friday, Oct. 21, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. above the New Atlas Bar. There is a separate entrance to the east, meaning participants do not enter through the bar.
It will reopen Saturday, Oct. 22, and then again on Oct. 28 and 29. The recommended age is 12 and older and the entry fee is $5 per person.
“We will be changing it up a bit each night so if someone comes multiple times they will have something new to look forward to,” said organizer Jill Exner.
More than 25 actors involved and the preparation has been weeks in the making. The proceeds will go to the recently formed Stillwater Legacy Trails non-profit group. Its mission is to connect the communities in Stillwater County with safe walking/riding trails one mile at a time. Through a combination of fundraising and grants, the group is aiming to further a portion of the trail every two years.
It’s slogan is putting the “fun” into fundraising through community-based events, with the haunted house being the pilot event. Also underway is a guess-the-pumpkin’s weight contest. For $1, participants can submit a guess through the end of October. Half of the pot will go to the winner and the other half to Stillwater Legacy Trails.
The giant pumpkin was donated by Gus Behrent and is currently on display at Yellowstone Bank in Columbus.
But it will be moved around to various businesses. Check the groups Facebook page for the current location.
The Columbus business community is offering a trick-or-treating dress rehearsal for local kids on Friday, Oct. 28.
On Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 22 Columbus businesses will be open for Halloween fun as a joint project between the Stillwater County Chamber of Commerce and Stillwater Legacy Trails.
Three secret judges will also be making the rounds during that time period and one winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Stillwater Legacy Trails’ “Nightmare on Main Street” haunted house on Oct. 21 and 22 and again on Oct. 28. and 29 from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Stillwater County Chamber of Commerce Administrator Tressie Goddard said the businesses are encouraged to dress up as well. Participating businesses include the following:
Altana Federal Credit Union
New Atlas Bar
Hanson’s Auto Body
Park’s Real Estate
ABC 123 university
Perceptions Hair Salon
Eagle’s Nest Floral
Meadowlark Assisted Living
307 Bar & Grill
Stillwater Mine HR Office
Juliana’s Jammin Rock Shop
Sue Parks, Farmers Ins
Columbus Mental Health Center
Beartooth Healthcare Community