Reporting Laura Oakes
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – From the tame, child-friendly Planet Spooky to haunted houses and hayrides that will make you afraid to go to sleep, the business of “haunting” is seriously BOO-ming.
Jeremy Hastings, owner of the Dead End Hayride in Wyoming, Minn., says Halloween-related attractions like haunted houses, hayrides, corn mazes and pumpkin patches generate $1 billion annually.
Hastings says the business of “haunting” is a year-round operation, complete with its own trade shows, specialized vendors, professional actors, and even corporate sponsorships.
Hear his conversation with WCCO Radio’s Laura Oakes below: