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September 20, 2013

Woodlawn Haunted Woods opens Friday

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Every year, a portion of the Haunted Woods proceeds are donated to a different charitable cause. Roughly $5,000 is raised each year.

This season, organizers will donate to several area no-kill animal shelters, Shari Copple said.

In addition, customers are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate to food pantries. Those who do bring a can will get $1 dollar off the $8 admission fee.

“It is a good way to give back to the community,” Shari said. “Everything stays locally.”

Another benefit of Haunted Woods is how it gives the teen volunteers a chance to get together in a friendly environment, Shari said.

“They make good friendships, meet new people, and hang out and have a good time,” Shari said. “It's just having a lot of fun for a good cause.”

Brian Copple, who has multiple sclerosis, emphasized that the trail is handicapped accessible. All bridges along the path will have railings and are safe.

Organizers are remaining tight-lipped about what specific horror scenes will be featured in this season's Haunted Woods. However, Brian said he's very satisfied with how this year's attraction has turned out.

To get to the Woodlawn Haunted Woods, travel west on Illinois 15 to Woodlawn. Then go past the Shell station and the train tracks and take a right on North Hall Lane. There will be signs posted.

For more information, contact Shari Copple at 204-8165.

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