Bennet teen raises money for local children’s hospitals through haunted trail

BENNET, Neb. (KLKN) — One 16-year-old Bennet resident has spent almost a decade gathering donations of art supplies for children in local hospitals.

But in recent years, Cameron Steinblock changed his method to one that utilizes the Halloween season.

“This is something we started, I started about three years ago. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just did it because I thought it was fun,” said Steinblock. “The first donation was split between my cause, donating art supplies to children’s hospitals in Lincoln, and Team Jack, but now it all goes to this foundation.”

Located at 815 Garden St. in Bennet, Steinblock spent the last three years creating Hallowood Acres Haunted Trail in his yard.

Hallowood Acres is non-profit, but free-will donations are an option with all proceeds going to local children’s hospitals.

Each year Steinblock’s family and friends helped build onto the trail, transforming it from a small ditch to a fully-fledged haunted attraction.

“We have daily, cars will slow down or come to complete stops to take pictures, but my family helps with the whole thing,” said Steinblock. “My dad has helped with a lot of this, putting stuff together, helping me just decide what to do.”

Steinblock admitted that making a haunted attraction was not something he originally thought to do.

“I don’t know what really happened. I used to hate Halloween. I didn’t do any of the scary stuff, I just couldn’t do it. But then something happened and I love it and I was trying to figure out a way that I could make just a little haunted thing in the yard,” said Steinblock. “The first year went in through the ditch and straight back out. That was it. It was really short, it wasn’t really decorated that well, but then through the years we kept gathering stuff and it got bigger and more well known.”

The trail will be open to the public on the nights of Oct. 29 and Oct. 31.

Donations can be made at the door, or through the Hallowood Acres website.

 

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