“It’s quite disturbing,” says Donald Alward, museum curator and manager, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
He is, of course, speaking of the haunted house tours that are coming up soon at the museum.
“This year will be spookier than ever,” says Alward, “Planning for this has been taking place since last year and the crew has been working on it since March.”
This is by far the largest fundraising activity for the Keillor House Museum so it is no wonder that they take it so seriously.
Alward shares that he is astounded by the response to the post on Facebook about the haunted house, noting that there have been over 24,000 views of it in just one week.
Although the haunted house tours are an elaborate staged event, Alward says there is more here than meets the eye.
“Numerous people have told me about the spirits that are actually here in the house. Weird things have happened, doors opening and closing on their own, noises in the attic, even objects moved over night. I can’t explain them.”
Real spirits or not, the house lends itself uniquely to the presentation of a haunted house.
The circa 1813 stone building is laid out wonderfully for tours with three floors of rooms that have all been specially decorated, as well as the creepy attic and the basement maze with a dungeon of doom.
“One of the unique features of the house is the spiral staircase that leads from the main kitchen all the way up to the third floor hired hands room,” Alward adds.
“Once you start up you can’t stop until you are at the top after two-and-a-half revolutions.”
The annual fundraising event is scheduled to take place on five spooktacular nights, Oct. 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, from 7-9 p.m. each night.