PLAINFIELD — Lorraine Mongan Sercer has years of experience in scaring people around Halloween time.
“We did this years ago before my dad passed away,” Mongan Sercer said. “We had people walk through a trail and offered haunted hayrides.”
The Plainfield family sold their property, so their traditions changed and they went out of the “scaring” business.
They’re back at it this year, looking to raise money for medical bills.
This past year Mongan Sercer’s son, Matthew Sercer, was in a serious farming accident and she said the medical bills are piling up.
“We will be holding ‘Fright Barn,’ a haunted barn fundraiser, in hopes of making it an annual event to help other families who are dealing with farm accidents,” Mongan Sercer said.
Last December, while cleaning out an empty silage wagon, her son accidentally backed into an auger that tore off his left leg at the knee and cut off his right foot. There were multiple other injuries where the auger spikes gored him.
“Matthew is getting ready for his seventh surgery since the accident,” Mongan Sercer said. “The surgery will help reconstruct his leg. We’re hoping for him to be able to bend his knee to at least 60 degrees.”
She said he can walk on his leg, but it cannot bend at this point. At the young age of 20 he has great hopes to get a better range of motion.
“So since he can’t bend his knee, he can’t use it to push in the clutch on the tractor,” she said. “He’s waiting until after this harvest season for his surgery.”
When the medical bills starting coming in, Mongan Sercer said she began looking for additional funds and thought it would be fun to get back into the “haunting” business this Halloween season.
She said she contacted country music artist Jason Aldean, shared Matthew’s story, and asked if he would consider making a donation to the Haunted Barn.
“Matt is a country boy, just like Jason,” she said. “He loves to ride 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, jet skis. He loves to hunt, fish and ride horses. A lot of this has been taken from him, but with his determination, one day, he will be able to do all these things again.”
Aldean responded in a big way.
“I was so excited,” Mongan Sercer said. “I sent him Matthew’s story and packet of information. He invited us to go backstage at one of his shows.”
The preparation for the Fright Barn is now in full swing. It will be up and running from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18,19, 25, and 26; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20, 24, 25, 30, and 31.
“We were able to get some really scary stuff,” she said. “We got some really neat props.”
There will also be a time for younger children to experience the Fright Barn from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. There will also be hayrides and trick-or-treating through the barn with the lights on.
The Fright Barn will take place at Mongan’s Sugar Grove Ranch at 5422 E. 600 S., Plainfield. Cost is $12 per person. The Fright Barn Fundraiser is on Facebook at Fright Barn Fundraiser.