Take your imagination on a terrifying ride at Dickinson's newest haunt

Things are getting spooky in Dickinson, as a new haunted adventure has taken over the Prairie Hills Mall.

A few of the "haunted" dolls visitors will encounter.
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DICKINSON — Did you see that shadow … or was that your mind playing tricks on you? What is waiting for you when you pass on? Find out what horrors lurk around the corner and try not to be sucked into the vortex at Dickinson’s newest haunted adventure called, ‘A Mind’s Journey.’

The haunt, located inside the Prairie Hills Mall, takes victims through the journey of death, revival and ultimately succumbing to the mysteries beyond. The haunt will be open on Friday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29.

Danielle Baughman
Danielle Baughman sets the scene for 'A Mind's Journey.'
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“A family died and on their way to the afterlife, they got lost,” Scott Buckman said.

Scott and his wife Jenn collaborated with Nate Richter, Danielle and James Baughman to create the terrifying experience. While navigating the labyrinth of the afterlife, those who enter are taken through several spooky scenes including a medic station, graveyard and temple.

“There's a story, and most people won't even realize that there is a story from the beginning to the end,” Richter said. “But if you can take the time to walk through it and really pay attention, every single room is part of that story.”


Whether or not guests know they’re entering a story prior to visiting the haunt won’t affect their experience, though, Buckman and Richter agreed.

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“You know everybody's imagination can kind of roll off their own way,” Buckman said.

The Buckmans are connoisseurs of local fun. They also own and operate Bounce Right Rentals, which provides inflatable entertainment for parties and festivals. The couple put on a haunted house along I-94 last year, but decided to switch gears this fall with a new location. He said his passion for entertaining others fuels his passion for creating haunted experiences.

“We’re five times the size, so we can put on a way better show,” Buckman said. “It's something that I've always wanted to try and see if we can make a run at… Giving people a good show is always a fun thing.”

Richter has been involved in creating haunts for about three years, and likened it to a sitcom he can’t stop watching.

'A Mind's Journey'
A spooky graveyard is a small portion of the journey guests who dare to embark on this haunted experience.
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“There's something about the haunt industry,” Richter said. “It's like watching a TV show that you really like, right? Like you kind of get sucked into it. And you're like, Okay, one more episode. Just one more episode and I'll go to bed…The haunt industry is kind of like that.”

This haunt is quite chilling, and not recommended for children under the age of 12.

“We’re not pulling back for the younger crowd,” Danielle Baughman said.


However, children of all ages are encouraged to show up in their scariest age appropriate fun on Halloween night. During the annual Mall-O-Ween event, where children can trick-or-treat at participating mall merchants, A Mind’s Journey will be giving free, family friendly tours. That event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. on October 31. The team hopes to continue collaborating on giving guests the scaries in years to come.

“We want a haunt that will grow every year and get better and better,” Richter said. “Just because that, in return, helps the community have something to do every year that is better and better.”

Ashley Koffler is a Killdeer, North Dakota native and Dickinson State University graduate, with a Bachelor’s Degree in writing, and minors in journalism and psychology. Formerly working in Community Affairs for Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development, her reporting focuses on Stark County and other rural municipality governments, community features, business and agriculture — among others.
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