Your Soul is Requested at Perdition Pines Haunted Event
October 22, 2021
Antigo Daily Journal
If you’re interested in getting chills and perhaps letting loose a few screams during a trek through some spooky woods, make your way southeast of Antigo to Perdition Pines Haunted Event on Saturday or, even better, on Halloween weekend.
Located on Highway D just past Schroeder Brothers Farm, Perdition Pines is an amazingly constructed series of frightening trails, corridors, themed rooms, strobe lights, smoke and fog effects, and a cast of characters to scare the living daylights out of their guests.
Coordinated by Robert and Alice Burns, general manager Tracy Crandall, along with assistant managers Michelle Messer and Ashley Wurtinger, Perdition Pines Haunted Event began in 2017 as a Halloween party for family and friends. The group put together a small scare trail at the party. The next year, the event became an official Haunted House attraction.
Robert and Alice Burns are the coordinators of Perdition Pines Haunt, with plenty of assistance from ghoulish cast of characters. These ghosts greet visitors at the fire and ticket booth, but you'll have to harness your nerves to head down the trail and into the woods for this fantastic local Halloween event.
“The idea was always in my head, even back almost eight years ago when myself and my best friend, Cody Schmidt, created a YouTube show called ‘Bob & Code’s Halloween Mayhem,’” Robert Burns said. “We went around the state interviewing different haunted attractions and getting behind the scenes access to see how everything comes together.”
Over time, Burns and Schmidt eventually got to know a host of attraction owners, such as Misery Haunted House, The Panic Chambers, Green Bay FEAR and Terror on the Fox.
“They helped us get the right information to start our own attraction,” Burns said. “The most notable one was ‘The Morgue.’ They took us in as more than family. One of their leaders, Marla Van Lanen, worked extremely close with us and gave us the most pointers, this is where we did the most volunteer work scare acting. ‘The Morgue’ closed at the end of 2017 and this is a key moment that we raised Perdition Pines Haunted Event from the ground up.”
The Perdition Pines Haunt family put in year-round work to improve and maintain their passion project. Over the winter months, they plan the show and plot new ideas and changes to be made. As the snow melts and spring arrives, they are out in the woods performing major clean-up and already making adjustments to the trail.
The mysterious crowd that roams Perdition Pines awaits you.
The work continues throughout spring and summer, and as October’s opening night approaches, a final hectic burst of activity allows the entire show to come to life.
“Luckily, the entire team just absolutely loves Halloween and everything spooky,” Burns said. “A lot of us volunteered our time years ago at other haunted houses, so we’ve had the practice and training beforehand.
“We pass our techniques onto the younger generations that scare with us. We host a celebration event for our team every year and we work with them that night so they better understand what goes into scare acting.”
Perdition Pines is a nonprofit event. Even though the organization does turn some profit each year, not a single penny goes to any single individual, not even Burns as an owner. All 100% of the profits are reinvested in the haunt, making certain there is sufficient tiki fuel for the torches, gasoline to power the generators, and the purchase of new props and building materials needed to create new sets and designs.
Perdition Pines even offers an event for the youngsters, hosting the annual Kids Day Event Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are invited to bring their children out for a scare-free trick or treat experience on the trail.
The actors will be in full costume but will not be scaring. Ages 14 and younger are free, while 15 and older require a donation of two or more nonperishable items canned food items, or $5 entry fee, both donated to the Antigo Food Pantry.
The attraction is not handicap accessible. The trail features some mildly rugged terrain, so all guests must be able to walk, stand and be well-balanced to negotiate the entire duration.
Perdition Pines Haunt is open this Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight, Halloween Sunday from 7-11 p.m., Nov. 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight, and Nov. 7 from 7-10:30 p.m.
General admission of $10 gains entrance to the haunted attraction, and VIP admission of $20 includes priority entry over the general admission line as well as one snack and one drink. Guests offering two or more nonperishable canned food items at the booth will receive $3 off a general admission ticket.
Halloween night is prime time, as general admission is half price at $5.
If you can’t make the Halloween Haunt, or just chicken out, stay tuned for the Perdition Pines encore Holiday Horror Event called Frostbite Forest. A blend of Christmas merriment and Halloween Horror, the local crew will be joined by cast members from the “Burial Chamber” haunted complex in Neenah.