Prepare for scares in Finland: Halloween fun drives brothersThe Sinderman brothers will keep their haunted house to the garage this year but at least they’ll have one.
By: Matt Suoja and Mike Creger, Lake County News Chronicle
The Sinderman brothers will keep their haunted house to the garage this year but at least they’ll have one.
The Finland residents are back it after a popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme a few years ago included a 30-foot bow of a ship coming out of the garage at their home on Little Marais Road.
On Halloween Saturday, it’s a “Wild West” theme inside a free maze of horrors built inside the garage.
The tradition began about 10 years ago when Mike and Chris Sinderman hosted a horror show in their grandmother’s barn. They had inspiration from another Finland family, the Nelsons, and their trail of horror that began in 1992.
“We try and think of a different theme every year,” Chris said.
One year they were a meat factory, which included a real cow’s tongue. Other times they’ve had real squirrels to creep out guests. Most of the decorations they use come from stores or from catalogs. Expense has been an issue, one reason they don’t host a house every year.
“Usually it’s just our family,” Mike said about the preparation and the characters used to spook visitors.
“They do it for the community,” their mom, Verna Sinderman, said.
Donations can be given.
“People have bought us decorations to put in there,” Chris said.
If you have little ones with you when going on the tour, you can ask the guides at the beginning for a tour that is not as scary. It’s open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, allowing daylight to ease any creepiness inside the garage.
Back up to Highway 1 and then down Cramer Road you’ll find Dennis Nelson putting final touches on his graveyard and garage spook house. He and his wife, Shelley, have been scaring trick-or-treaters since 1993.
Dennis said it’s something his wife began and has been built upon over the years. They’ve had as many as 50 people come through on Halloween. He hopes it doesn’t rain because Halloween falling on a Saturday night will bring many people out.
The Nelsons try to get ideas from other Halloween houses. They recently visited the one in Duluth’s Morgan Park and came away impressed.
Inside the Nelson garage, expect the name outside to live up to its name, “The Body Shop.”
If you go
- The Sinderman house is a few miles down Little Marais Road (County 6), southeast off Highway 1 in Finland. The fire number is 5464. It’s open at 4:30 p.m.
- The Nelson home is further up Highway 1 through Finland, northeast and less than a mile down Cramer Road (County 7). The fire number is 6785.