By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON RIVER - Those looking for a family-friendly activity to do on Halloween night need look no further than the Windsor Center's annual Halloween party and haunted house.
Dawn Pisoni Photo
Lizzie Pellizzer, left, and Ally Polich, both members of the West Iron County High School Key Club, act as dolls in the Windsor Center’s haunted house. An all-ages version of the haunted house, as well as other activities, will be featured at the Windsor Center on Wednesday.
The event will be held Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Windsor Center, located at 612 W. Adams St. (U.S. 2) in downtown Iron River.
Dawn Pisoni, recreation director for the Windsor Recreation Authority, said that attractions in the gymnasium and cafeteria include crafts, such as bat bracelets, paper plate ghosts, and mini gourd families; snack crafts, such as marshmallow spiders, candy houses, and candy bats; and refreshments, such as coffee, punch, apple cider, and cookies.
By walking into the boys' locker room, attendees can enter "Nightmare on Windsor Street," this year's haunted house.
"Each corner will have a different scary theme, from the bloody bride at her wedding, to a maze in the shower, to Sven's hardware store with a nasty chainsaw-carrying owner, to an innocent-looking doll shop with a crazy shop keeper," Pisoni explained. "It's all the work of the (West Iron County High School) Key Club."
Key Club members, under the direction of Tamra Wheeler, have spent the past week and a half building the haunted house as a community service project. Members will also serve as the actors in the house.
New this year, Key Club members held an adult version of the haunted house on the Saturday before Halloween. This version was scarier, and no elementary students were allowed in, said Pisoni.
Admission to enter the all-ages version of the haunted house on Wednesday will be $1 for adults and 50 cents for students.
Proceeds go toward recreational activities at the Windsor Center.
"We offer so many after-school activities for children," said Pisoni. "We have basketball, Zumba, a computer lab, and a lot more."
The multi-purpose Windsor Center is the former West Iron County Middle School.
When the school district elected to close the school in mid-2009 due to budget issues and declining enrollment, a committee of school officials and local government officials got together to find a new use for the building.
The Windsor Center is currently home to several businesses, an auditorium for plays and open mic nights, and a gymnasium for after-school sports activities.
For more information about Windsor Center activities or office space, contact Pisoni at (906) 367-5218.
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