Haunted events in Neenah raise money for Youth Go

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NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) - A Neenah event is providing a Halloween scare but also raising money for a good cause.

People enjoying Youth Go Haunted Trail
Youth Go Haunted Trail (WBAY photo)

The first of many events held by the non profit Youth Go kicked off Friday night at Memorial Park.

The organization provides funding for local health and wellness programs for children in grades 5 through 12.

Passing through a haunted trail at Memorial Park in Neenah, there was a scare behind almost every bush as Youth Go sponsored its first Halloween event of the season.

Executive Director Kelly Hicks said, "We're a drop-in center for kids in 5th through 12th grades. We do everything from helping with homework, serving snacks and meals, providing clubs and positive activities. Everything we do at Youth Go in the schools is free of charge."

The haunted trail will take place throughout this weekend, and then starting October 13th there's the haunted house at Neenah's Old City Garage on Cecil Street.

Behind the production are many kids, too, who create the props and perform as actors.

Evan Greis of Neenah said, "It's amazing. It's a great way to raise money for your community, and it's a great way to have wholesome clean fun and just get a little scared you know, get in the Halloween spirit."

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Youth Go.

They've been holding these Halloween events for 32 years and the goal is to raise about $20,000.

Hicks said, "First off all, we want the people to be scared. Unless they come to children's day, then we won't scare them, but we want them to have fun. We lowered our ticket prices for the haunted house this year to five dollars for students because we want this to be something that parents with middle school students or high school students can come and do together."

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