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Haunted barn a new treat





RUSSELL -- A Russell couple is making use of their own barnyard animals on 11 acres toward the edge of the city limits to create a fun activity for people this Halloween.

Wolfs' Barnyard Animals Haunted Barn will open Friday for three weekends leading up to Halloween. The inaugural event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For a $5 fee, visitors get a chance to walk through the family barn, go for a hay-rack ride through the pasture and around big round bales and roast marshmallows.

Richard and Karleen Wolf said it will be "fun for the entire family."

"It'll be spooky, but not scary," Karleen said.

"The friendly part of Halloween," Richard added.

Anyone younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Characters such as Casper the Ghost and Windy the Witch will make an appearance, and visitors will hear real live background noise from animals such as donkeys, mules, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, geese and rabbits.

"It's a working barn where we keep our animals, and it needs some work," Karleen said. "There are real cobwebs, and you might see a hole in the roof."

Richard is a retired baker, and Karleen is a night-charge nurse at Via Christi Village in Hays.

To reach the Wolfs' barn, located at 713 S. Windsor, travel north on U.S. Highway 281, or Fossil Street, from Interstate 70 to Witt Avenue and go three blocks west to a sand road, which is Windsor Street. Turn north on sand road, and the Wolfs are the second house on the right. Signs will be posted giving directions to their property.