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Fort Wayne’s Haunted Castle and Black Forest returns for 40th year

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Halloween is officially here and Fort Wayne's Haunted Castle and Black Forest reopened for the first time since the start of the pandemic.  

Organizers say they’re prepared to keep everyone safe for the Halloween season.  

Patrick T’Kindt says their haunted attraction was closed last season to keep people safe from COVID-19. 

"We’re kind of on edge just ready to get back at it,” T’Kindt said. "I look forward to this part of the year it takes up a solid three months of my life, last year was weird without it.” 

He says this year is their 40th anniversary and they’re hoping to stay open through the Halloween season. 

"Some new rooms in the haunted castle, new trails in the black forest,” he said. 

He says they’re recommending people wear masks – regardless of vaccination status – they have sanitizing stations, and they only send people through in small groups.  

"We’re trying to come back full force with limited restrictions that are safe and following county guidelines,” T’Kindt said. “I think we have the procedures in place to mitigate any overcrowding.” 

He says the Haunted Castle and Black Forest is a non-profit and is run by volunteers.  

He says all proceeds go towards Saint Vincent's Boy Scouts Troop.   

"It’s huge for our scouts, it gives them something to be a part of,” he said. “It’s a big community event, brings a lot of scouts together and families.” 

You can find more information about the Haunted Castle and Black Forest here. 

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Karli VanCleave

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