In the 608: Highland Haunted Hayride haunting for a cause

HIGHLAND, Wis. – The Highland Haunted Hayride has become quite the hit over the years, but it’s more than just a Halloween attraction.

Each year, the Yager family continues to be blown away by the community support. Nearly fifteen years ago, the hayride began as a fundraiser and group activity for the local Country Cardinals 4H Club. Since then, this event has taken on a life of its own.

The mission is mostly the same, providing entertainment for families, but now they donate to numerous community organizations and provide multiple community scholarships in the hopes of raising more mental health awareness. This comes after the family lost one of their own, Alex Yager, who took his own life back in 2013.

In the last three years, the family has awarded as many as fourteen kids with $500 scholarships in one year. Their only requirement for them is to commit to a night of helping with the hayride.

Every $5 fee goes back to the cause. You have a couple of more chances to check it out this Friday and Saturday from dusk until 10 p.m.

Word for warning, though, they did have to turn some folks away last weekend because of the huge turnout. They welcomed over 1,400 people to their farm during the first weekend.

They do this over the course of two weeks every year. The Highland Haunted Hayride is 100% volunteer-driven. It takes about 80-100 people on any given night to make the event possible.