‘Nightmare Grove’

It started with candy at the front door, moved to the garage, then the driveway and this year, Nightmare Grove will totally surround the house at 9042 Upper 81st Street in Cottage Grove.

Nightmare Grove, a growing creation designed by Brian and Holly Darling, now has a 30-foot tunnel, a Room of Death, a graveyard, a Monster in a Box that shakes ominously when approached, fog machines, black and strobe lights, skeletons, a giant coffin, huge spiders, rats, bats, cats and cockroaches all dancing to the sounds of a chain saw and unearthly screams.

“We’re both Halloween enthusiasts,” Holly Darling said. “Candy was too boring. After the first year, we decided to make the evening more interesting.

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