GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) – A local home turned haunted house for the month is paying it back for charity.
Wickedly Grande Haunted House will be scaring visitors and asking for food donations throughout the month of October. It’s part of their annual Halloween tradition.
The haunted attraction has been haunting southeastern, and now northeastern Wisconsin since 2001. Their walk through home display is designed for those who like things creepy and gross but not too gory. It’s free (non-perishable donations are highly encouraged), outdoors, and open to the public.
“Amazement, joy; I hear, ‘Oh my God’ a lot because this is not something that people expect when they come to someone’s front yard for a Halloween display.”
For Linda Marshall, the month of October is anything but ordinary. In fact, the word ‘ordinary’ has no diction here for visitors.
“I just love Halloween,” says Marshall. “Always have all of my life and when the season comes and I have the creative abilities and the weird imagination to construct things, I go for it. I like to do things that will help the community and other people will enjoy.”
That’s why she decided to combine the two and start Wickedly Grande. It’s a haunted house with the tagline, ‘scaring up food for St. Joseph’s Food Program.’ And the Marshalls are no stranger to these eerie decorations. Linda and her husband have hosted Wickedly Grande for 18 years- the last five of which has been here in the Fox Valley.
“Given how much we raised last year, we upped our goal for this year to 1,000 pounds,” said Marshall. “With the response that we’ve gotten so far this year we’re hoping to be well on our way of achieving that goal.”
Everything on display is either hand crafted or tweaked by Linda herself. It’s a process that goes 365, 24/7. But a passion, nonetheless, that Linda hopes to share.
“We are family friendly, no big scares experience that you can just come on out and enjoy the holiday while you’re helping to feed the Fox Valley.”