CARLTON ,MN– For 26 years the haunted shack has been one of the most popular haunted houses in the Northland.
Bringing in thousands of people each year.
Patrick Stojevich has always had a love for ghosts and ghouls and 26 years ago he started his own haunted house.
“The community club asked me to put on a haunted house so we did it,” Stojevich said.
Nearly three decades later it’s grown into something bigger than just a Halloween attraction.
“They knew I was involved with the Special Olympics and I said as long as I can have a full building for a month and for a cause so I moved into the skating shack thus the haunted shack,” Stojevich said.
That cause has grown from a shack into a full-blown attraction with a haunted hayride, corn maze, and house bringing in thousands sometimes in a single night.
“In upper Minnesota, this is the busiest haunted house,” Stojevich said.
But similar to the halls of a haunted house, life throws twists and turns.
“Last November I ended up with kidney failure and uh it been tough this year trying to get it up and running,” Stojevich said.
And no matter who you ask, Stojevich is the heart and soul of the operation who despite his health, is still pouring his heart into the attraction.
“He coordinates the whole thing and puts it all together he is here every day pretty much,” Joseph Dougherty An employee for the Haunted Shack said.
Stojevich continues to work for those that mean the most to him.
“You know they say forget it don’t do it this year you got too much on your plate don’t worry about it and I says no these athletes mean that much to me,” Stojevich said.
A love for all things Halloween turned into a passion for something bigger than himself.