CAMPTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – With the calendar having turned to October, we have officially reached the spookiest time of the year.
If you are driving through Campton this Halloween, you might come across a sketchy-looking barn off Campbell Ridge Road.
Well, that barn has been family owned and operated for 25 years, and got started with a simple idea.
“Honestly it was a group of friends of my parents and ours that decided they wanted to do something in the community to give the kids something to do,” said Bobby Sparks. “So dad said let’s do a haunted house in it.”
Part of what makes The Haunted Barn so special is that it spans generations.
“It is amazing for us, whenever we started this I never dreamed it would go on for 25 years, and now my daughter, she is obsessed with Halloween, she’s obsessed with the Haunted Barn and she loves it and my nephews and they have grown up with this and I have watched them grow through the years working it so it’s amazing,” Sparks explained.
On average, the barn can see up to 500 people a night, and all the money they make goes back to the community.
“People have things that happen in their lives,” said Melissa Shackleford. “When we first started, Shriners would come out and they would send their guys in to help with it. Then, as time goes on, people in our family have gone to Shriners, so we love Shriners, they do great things so that is when we decided to charge some money and give it away to help people.”
If you plan on going, here is what Shackleford recommends you do to prepare.
“Well, if you get really scared I would wear Depends because you do not know what is coming out from behind any door, any dark place, you’re gonna get it,” Shackleford said.
If you are on the fence about going to The Haunted Barn, you better decide fast as it is only open for five days.