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Plan in the works for haunted house on Woodstock Square

Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 5, 2013 4:36 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Square does Christmas celebrations. It does Groundhog Day like no one else.

Now, Woodstock can add Halloween to its list of holiday celebrations on the Square.

Family Alliance has started planning a 7,000-square-foot haunted house called Madness Manor. The center will use volunteer support to build a haunted house off-site before bringing it to the square.

Proceeds from the haunted house, which will be open from Sept. 27 through Nov. 2, will go to the Family Alliance and the city. The city’s portion will help fund Old Courthouse renovations.

“We found a good opportunity to really put on something that could benefit the city, the retailers, us and really be an all-around good fundraiser in Woodstock,” said Heather Clark, development associate and volunteer coordinator of Family Alliance. “We’re excited about it.”

The haunted house will be made in the likeness of Madigan Manor, a fictional, Victorian-style home built in the 1800s near Bull Valley.

“We’re going to be building everything in the summer off-site, and then moving it to the Square,” she said.

Clark said Family Alliance – an adult wellness center that provides dayside care for the elderly – had been looking for a premiere event to make their own.

She said the center is trying to get other retailers and restaurants on the Square involved. Proceeds from Kid’s Day on Oct. 5 will go toward Victorian Christmas funds, which retailers usually have to pay for themselves.

And Family Alliance is hoping the event in the Square will grow through the years. The city supports that vision, Clark said.

“They really want it to be very atmospheric on the Square,” she said.

How to help A meeting for potential volunteers will be 7 p.m. June 3 in the gazebo on the Woodstock Square. Interested individuals also can contact Heather Clark at 815-333-8628 or

On the web For information about the Haunted Square, visit or

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