2018 Press Release

Haunted Forest Scares Up Money, Food Donations For Local Charities

Volunteer-Led Dreadwood Donates 100 Percent of Proceeds

HUDSON, WI - Dreadwood Haunted Forest, an annual event that raises thousands of dollars for local charities, is preparing to open in the backwoods of Wisconsin just 25 minutes east of the Twin Cities.

Located in Hudson, Wis., Dreadwood Haunted Forest is open Fridays and Saturdays in October for a total of eight nights starting on Friday, Oct. 5.

The haunt is the work of more than 100 nightly volunteers who spend hours in costume and makeup to offer a Halloween “scare” experience that is unique to the area.

“Our slogan is ‘No Escape. No Hayrides.No Mercy’ -- all in the spirit of philanthropy,” said Dreadwood founder Emily Gerbig, who operates the annual haunt with her husband, Darrin Johnson and another couple, Becki LeMire and Alan Madison.

Since its opening in 2010, Dreadwood has donated more than 20,000 pounds of food to local food shelves and has donated more than $137,000 to nearby charity organizations.

Dreadwood Haunted Forest is open on Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween and recommended for patrons 13 years and up.

Admission is $16. Children under the age of 13 are prohibited.

Discounts are available for patrons who bring canned food items to be donated to the St. Croix United Way food shelf.

The Dreadwood Foundation is a 5013C nonprofit.


All participants must sign a waiver.

Our attraction is intended for adults. Children under the age of 13 will not be admitted.

If you are pregnant, have a history of epileptic seizures, a heart condition or other serious medical condition, please do not enter.

You may encounter:

  • Strobe lighting
  • Extreme visual effects, graphic imagery, and gore.
  • Claustrophobic spaces.
  • Intense sounds.
  • Uneven ground.
  • Fog effects.
  • Extreme darkness.
  • Startle scares.

We encourage you to dress appropriately for a walk in the woods in late autumn. It may be cold, and the path will be dark and unpaved. We retain the right to refuse admittance if necessary for your safety.