Haunted Manson, coming soon

Actors from last year’s Haunted Manson. Courtesy Haunted Manson

The crew working on building this years Haunted House, left to right John O’Connor, Kim and Gerry Ustanik. Courtesy Haunted Manson

MANSON - Kim Ustanik, owner of Mountain View Lodge and Vice-president of the Manson Chamber of Commerce grew up in a family where all holidays were special. “Gerry & I have always had such a wonderful time with our kids, family and friends and Halloween was one of the big ones.” Kim said.
Ten years ago, Kim was inspired to develop a month-long celebration, “Haunted Manson,” that would add to the excitement of Fall Harvest in the Lake Chelan Valley with family-fun activities throughout the month of October. The Manson Chamber sanctioned the event in 2021.
The highpoint of the 2nd Annual “Haunted Manson” is the “Haunted House Experience” that takes place every Friday and Saturday night in October. This year's Haunted House is a full production and promises to be bigger, scarier and very interesting!  It is based on a story about “Old Uncle Manson.” Here’s a sneak peek at the story line.
“Just prior to Manson’s death on October 31, 1968, there were reports of missing people who have never been found and just recently the missing people reports in the vicinity of the home have begun again. Neighbors report strange noises and apparent activity in the vacant house over the years but say there has never been proof of life as no one is willing to enter. The estate sale will run through the month of October and neighbors report that they are relieved that an end to the fear may be close.
“Sounds fun? It will be.  So, get your tickets early,” Kim went on. “We have a packed slate of events for the month including the Apple Shoot, Pumpkin Walk, Wine Barrel Rides, Pumpkin Float, a valley wide Scarecrow Contest and ending with Trunk or Treat on October 31 at North Shore Bible Church.”
“Haunted Manson” events are free with the exception of the Haunted House Experience, which cost $20. Purchase tickets, see the full schedule of events, and even volunteer by visiting www.hauntedmanson.com. Haunted Manson is located at 137 Wapato Way, behind Alta Cellars.
“Haunted Manson” is a sure success because of our many sponsors like Lake Chelan Casino, Café Myth, Four Lakes Winery, KOZI, Manson Growers, Troy’s Pizza, Wapato Point Cellars, Wine Girl Wines, Skagit Cellars, Mountain View Lodge, Rotten Apple and so many more very generous businesses and individuals.  And, volunteers are still needed. Alissa Hei heads up the volunteer team and she will be happy to help you find your perfect spot. Call her at  206-375-2383 if you are interested.
There are many people to thank for their hard work, putting this great event together. Kim Ustanik and Kasmira Elliot are co-chairs, overseeing all the moving parts. Kelsey Newaz with Rotten Apple serves as Production Manager, training Manson and his creepy family that are guaranteed to scare you silly. Gerry Ustanik heads up the amazing construction crew with help from Kevin Guy and the hard-working team at Mountain View Lodge.
Keep an eye out for more Haunted House clues on www.facebook.com/hauntedmanson. The Manson Chamber of Commerce asks that while enjoying “Haunted Manson” you visit our restaurants, wineries, cideries and other local businesses with a show of support. Visit the Chamber’s website at www.moretomanson.com or Manson Chamber’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/MansonChamber


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