NILES SCREAM PARK RAISES MORE THAN $132,000 FOR LOCAL GROUPS

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NILES, Mich. (November 27, 2018) – The Niles Scream Park, one of Michiana’s most popular autumn attractions, recently completed another successful season at its always changing 44 acre site on Mayflower Road between Niles and Buchanan.

This year, the 45th consecutive year for running the project, the Scream Park raised over $132,000 for more than 80 area children’s organizations, civic groups and other charities. Proceeds benefitted local school and service organizations including groups such as the Boy Scouts, the Make a Wish Foundation, Pets Connect, the Niles Drama Club, the Lakeshore High School Stage Crew and the Relay For Life (American Cancer Society). The funds raised also will be used for four college scholarships for local high school seniors.

In addition to the cash donations, the Niles Scream Park supported many local causes, auctions and benefits with ticket donations totaling more than $2,800.

The project included six haunted attractions and provided volunteer opportunities both in construction and operation of the Scream Park. Plans are underway for even more frightening additions in the coming year. Over 22,000 hours were volunteered by over 565 different people before and during its 22 nights of operation to prepare and operate the seasonal attraction.

The year also marked a visit from interior visitor number 2,000,000. Yessica Renteria of Plymouth, Indiana, was the special milestone visitor. She received a gift pack when she visited the Scream Park on Sunday, October 14, 2018 with her friends George Barragan of Plymouth, IN, Brenda Huizar of Michigan City, IN and Alejandro Huizar of Lafayette, IN.

The Scream Park broke several attendance records this year. On Saturday, September 29th it set an all time record for a September night , welcoming 6,406 interior attraction visitors. On Friday, October 26th, the Park broke an all-time attendance record for a Friday night, welcoming 8,353 interior attraction visitors. The all-time attendance record for a single night was broken on Saturday, October 13th, when the Park welcomed 14,823 interior attraction visitors! The Scream Park concluded the season with the best season on record, welcoming 116, 954 interior attraction visitors to the Park!!

Highlights of the season included a visit from Tony Moran, the actor best known for his starring role as the original psychotic killer, Michael Myers, in the classic 1978 John Carpenter film, Halloween, defining this role for the long-running film series.

The Scream Park is recognized nationally in the haunted attraction industry. It was voted #1 Haunted Attraction in the nation by voters on the Coaster Nation annual Halloween poll.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Haunted House Indy review team named the attraction a “Must See Haunt in 2018”. The Park also was chosen as #1 Halloween Activity in the South Bend Tribune’s Readers Choice Awards for the fifth consecutive year and named the Best of the Best by Leader Publications.

NILES HAUNTED HOUSE TO GIVE AWAY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

NILES, Michigan (January 24, 2019) — Attention all Niles area high school seniors! The Niles Haunted House Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it is awarding four $500 scholarships to three seniors at the Niles High School and one senior at the Brandywine High School. Also another scholarship will be awarded to a senior at one of the following schools: Brandywine High School, Buchanan High School, Dowagiac High School, Edwardsburg High School, Lakeshore High School or Niles High School.

A scholarship of $500 will be awarded in memory of William F. Alford, Jr. to a qualifying senior at the Niles High School. Preference will be given to students pursuing education in the field of business. Other criteria includes community service, economic need and academic merit.

Scholarships of $500 will also be awarded in memory of Lou Milley to a qualifying senior at the Niles High School and in memory of John Carlson to a qualifying senior at Brandywine High School. As above, the scholarships are awarded based on community service, economic need and academic merit. The Lou Milley scholarship gives preferential treatment to those applicants who have a background in graphic arts or plan on majoring in this area.

Another scholarship is offered in memory of long time volunteer Gottlieb “Chris” Christ. This scholarship also is for $500 and is open to seniors at Niles High School. It will be awarded based on the criteria listed above.

The Keith Shurte Memorial Scholarship is made possible by the Shurte family and friends. The scholarship is worth up to $500 and seniors from Niles, Brandywine, Lakeshore, Buchanan, Edwardsburg and Dowagiac High Schools are eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed at least 50 hours of volunteer work at the Niles Scream Park in the last two years, demonstrate academic success and be attending a secondary college, university or trade school in the next academic year.

In order to be considered for these scholarships, community service is a must. For more information, please contact your school guidance counselor and ask for the applicable scholarship application.

NILES SCREAM PARK GREETS 2,000,000th INTERIOR VISITOR

2000000 visitorNiles, Michigan (October 17, 2018) – The Board of Directors for the Niles Scream Park is pleased to announce that they welcomed interior visitor number 2,000,000 on Sunday, October 14, 2018. The lucky individual is Yessica Renteria of Plymouth, Indiana. As a result of her good fortune, she received a special “ghost pack” of goodies from the Niles Scream Park.

Yessica was accompanied by her friends George Barragan of Plymouth, IN, Brenda Huizar of Michigan City, IN and Alejandro Huizar of Lafayette, IN. This was Renteria’s second visit to the Niles Scream Park and she said she just had to bring her friends along for the fun.

2018 is becoming the year for breaking records. Setting an all-time attendance record on Saturday night, the Park welcomed 14,823 interior attraction visitors. Park Manager Pete Karlowicz remarked, “We are thrilled that we have so many dedicated fans!”

Providing chilling entertainment for the last 45 years, the Niles Scream Park is pleased to celebrate interior visitor number 2,000,000.

Open weekends through October plus Wednesday, October 31st and Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd, the Scream Park is located on Mayflower Road in Niles, Michigan. The Park easily is accessed by taking Exit 5 (Niles-Buchanan Road) from the US 31 Expressway.

For more information call 269-687-FEAR or check out the website at www.haunted.org.

Pictured in the photo (L-R) are: Dr. Fear, Yessica Renteria, George Barragan, Brenda Huizar, Alejandro Huizar, Koko and the Ghost.

Best Halloween Activity

Readers Choice 2018The Niles Scream Park is honored to be named the 2018 "Best Halloween Activity" by the South Bend Tribune readers in the annual Readers' Choice Awards. This is the sixth year in a row the Scream Park has been chosen number one by the South Bend Tribune readers.

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Donations

We love our volunteers. One of the best things about them is that they are all working for a charity or non-profit group. They work hard all season, and at the end of the season, the money brought in by the Park is divided up by the number of hours worked. Here is a record of donations for the last ten years. (Click on the link to see a detailed list for recent years.)

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