Grant has been an important location for School District 13 Haunted Attraction field trips with the big haunted bus this Halloween season. On our most recent visit, we purchased the old Perkins County ambulance to use during the festival as our Emergency Monster Transport vehicle. During the same field trip, we put up flyers advertising our haunted attraction and stopped in to talk with Jeff Skeels at Hometown Insurance (just to say “hi”), Hatch’s, In and Out, and just about every other business on Main Street.
Grant was, of course, where we set up our first haunted attraction back in 2004. We had some great volunteers from Grant back in those days. Last year, we had a pseudo-reunion of some of those kids at School District 13 in Brule, which was cool. Will, Bert, and Troy are all in their twenties now with regular adult lives. One of our favorite things about the haunted event is getting to know our volunteers and then having the opportunity to watch them change from year to year.
A lot of people don’t realize how much time and thought we put into each of our young volunteers at School District 13 Haunted Attraction, but it’s a big part of what we enjoy about the event. For teenagers, volunteering at School District 13 gives them the opportunity to see themselves in a new light. Often, by the time they’re teens, kids have been pigeon-holed into solid social groups in school, but at School District 13, there are kids volunteering from a number of different local schools. The kids get to meet new people. Often, our volunteers walk away with new, life-long friends. And on top of that, they get to have some new worldly experiences during their time volunteering. I think that’s why our volunteers tend to make such strong bonds with each other. It’s a strange challenge to work inside our haunted attraction. Kids learn a lot about themselves and each other doing it.
But I digress…
Grant brings back memories of our first volunteers over a decade ago when we opened our first haunted attraction so I can’t help but reminisce. It’s a cute town. And we love the new ambulance that we brought home with us on our field trip there.