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Pettibone Haunted Mile is set to be a free, drive-thru event

Kaitlyn Riley

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The City of La Crosse Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department partnered with the Onalaska Jaycees to offer the Pettibone Haunted Mile in Pettibone Park Oct. 24.

Organizers said it was created out of an abundance of caution and a desire to provide a unique opportunity for the community.

“It is a way that we’ve made changes to offer something like this to the community while still being safe,” Abby Heilman with the La Crosse Parks and Rec. Department said. “We are very excited. This is going to be something fun not just for the community, but for us as well.”

The Pettibone Haunted Mile will take the place of each organization’s usual Halloween events, Field of Screams, and the Onalaska Jaycees Haunted House, respectively.

The Haunted Mile will feature an array of spooky sets and scenes created and brought to life by the Onalaska Jaycees – with hours 5 pm-7 pm designated as “light scares” and hours 7 pm-9 pm designated as “heavy scares.” Participants will be able to receive pre-bagged candy at the conclusion of the mile.

Participants are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that can be donated between local food pantries.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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