There’s a lot of weirdness that goes on behind-the-scenes at School District 13. Before School District 13 Haunted Attraction, we operated Cornstalk Harvest Festivals at a totally different location in Nebraska…and there was a never a dull night. Sometimes patrons are as frightening as scare actors. Occasionally the real ghosts get to us, and it’s not unheard of for rain, hail, sleet, snow, flooding, tornadoes, or other weather phenomenon to make a normal night into something unforgettable.
About five years ago, at our Cornstalk location, there was a fluke snowstorm on the night before our grand opening. The storm dumped about 2 feet of snow on the ground and when we arrived at the festival grounds, everything was covered in the stuff. The paths weren’t visible. None of the buildings were accessible. So we started digging through the snow. It was still early morning at that time and we figured that if we kept at it, we might still be able to open that evening.
We pitched snow for several hours and then, since it was still only mid-October, the sun came out and things started to warm up. In fact, it warmed a LOT! So much that all the snow started melting and rivers started flowing through our festival. We couldn’t even reach the haunted attracitons. Since all our haunts were outdoor at that time, we had to call off the whole festival for the night.
Since three of our four haunts are indoors at School District 13 Haunted Attraction, we don’t have to worry as much about the weather. People can still enjoy the outdoors while they’re in Brule. The rural vibe of the small town is the perfect set for something creepy. But though the setting for our Halloween haunted house is very backwoods and outdoorsy, we still have mostly paved streets and a little bit of infrastructure to cope with the Nebraska weather.
And for that, I’m grateful.