Niles Scream Park volunteer partyNILES, Mich. (November 28, 2017) – 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 44th consecutive year for running the project, the Scream Park raised over $110,000 for more than 50 area children’s organizations, civic groups and other charities. Proceeds benefitted local school and service organizations including groups such as the Boy Scouts, Make a Wish Foundation, Pets Connect, Niles Drama Club and Haunters For Hope (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 20,000 hours were volunteered by over 570 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 1,900,000. Brooke Schmidt of Chicago, Illinois, was the special milestone visitor. She received a gift pack when she visited the Scream Park on Friday, October 20, 2017 with her friends Caitlin Chismark and Sarah McCann, both of Chicago, Illinois.

The Scream Park broke several attendance records this year. On Friday, October 13th, the Park broke an all-time attendance record for a Friday night, welcoming 8,258 interior attraction visitors. The all-time attendance record for a single night was broken on Saturday, October 21st, when the Park welcomed 13,441 interior attraction visitors!

Highlights of the season included a visit from R.A. Mihailoff, the actor best known for his starring role as Leatherface in Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, as well as for roles in Hatchet II, John Schneider’s Smothered and the recent

The Scream Park is recognized nationally in the haunted attraction industry. It was voted #2 Haunted Attraction in the nation by voters on the Coaster Nation annual Halloween poll.

The Scream Park was ranked as number 12 in this region by Haunted House Chicago. For the fourth consecutive year, the Haunted House Indy review team named the attraction a “Must See Haunt 2017”. The Park also was chosen as #1 Halloween Activity in the South Bend Tribune’s Readers Choice Awards for the fifth consecutive year.