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Homemade haunt 'Cornstalkers' helps children's charity

It 'makes hospital visits less scary for kids'

Homemade haunt 'Cornstalkers' helps...

KENHORST, Pa. - When it comes to haunted attractions, there's plenty of competition around our region, from Field of Screams to Shocktoberfest, but ticket-taker Brianna Devine at "Cornstalkers" thinks her place is just as good.

"Oh, it's up there with them, actually," she shared.   

She should know. She's been seeing petrified patrons come and go since the beginning of October.

"A lot of times people come and cry before they get in the door, and then when they leave, they're still screaming and talking about it," Devine said.

Just off Hancock Boulevard in Kenhorst, fright-finders can make their way through a backyard cornmaze with plenty of surprises, and behind it all is a man whose had some "attraction" experience.

"Yes, for many years. I used to work for Disney," explained owner/operator Branden Moyer.  

He's taken the property behind his backyard and turned it into something new and scary.

"It used to be a junkyard for about 30 years," he said. "It's about 4,000 square feet. It offers lots of twists, turns and just a lot of dark areas."

As patrons make their way through those dark areas, they'll also be bringing some light to children in need.

"It's a $3 general admission charge. One third of that will go to Spirit of Children Foundation, which makes hospital visits less scary for kids," Moyer explained.

From his days at Disney to influences from other regional Halloween spots, it's all been building up to this.

"That's why it kind of escalated into what it is now in "Cornstalkers," an official, more elaborate Halloween haunt."

The attraction will wrap up on Halloween night, when it will be open from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.


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