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Saturday October 11th, 2014

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Thiessen Orchard’s two-year-old Haunted Barn in Leamington is ready to frighten for another season and organizers say the large property and special effects are sure to terrorize Halloween lovers.

“The haunted barn is now triple the size it was in 2012 with over 25000+ square feet of terror, state-of-the-art visual effects, and animatronic props,” said Chris Colombe who along with Mike Recine and Reginald and Katie Wood created the look and feel of the haunted building.

Thiessen’s Haunted Barn traces its routes to 2012 when Essex County was hit by an apple crop loss. With free time on their hands, owners turned to their barn to created the haunted house.

“They got a lot of great feedback and wanted to make it a permanent attraction,” said Colombe who noted it fit with Thiessen’s other family attractions like a corn maze and hay barn.

“In the summer of 2013 they set out to find ways to make their haunted barn bigger and better,” said Colombe. “And that summer they got in contact with Reginald Wood, the owner of the Boogeyman’s Closet Haunted house, who was deciding to get out of the haunted house business after 5 years in Windsor.”

“In August Krissy and Andrew Thiessen meet with Reginald, and after their meeting it was decied they would team up and see how the 2013 haunting season would go,” he said. “And the rest was history.”

And Colombe is excited for this year’s haunt.

“So this year when we hear scream after scream echoing through the barn as the next victims walk through, that just makes us smile that the six months of hard work we put into creating this year’s haunt is paying off.”

Colombe said Thiessen’s haunted barn is permanent location so the effects, propss and size will get bigger and better every year.

The haunted barn is open the nights of the 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th of October, from dusk until 10pm, and costs $10 per person.

Need more information and directions? Visit their website.

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