Fort Dodge braces for the Fear Factory

Get ready for plenty of scares at this year’s new haunted house downtown, Fort Dodge Fear Factory, during the Halloween season.

The doors of the haunted house will creak open for the first time on Thursday.

Brooke Bickford, creator of the Fort Dodge Fear Factory, has wanted to do something like this for a very long time.

“When I was a kid, Fort Dodge had a great haunted house downtown and I really wanted to bring that aspect of Halloween back to Fort Dodge,” she said.

Fort Dodge Fear Factory will provide unlimited screams while allowing guests to walk through 13 different rooms on a span of two floors. Each room will have its own theme or concept, which will provide a different dimension of fear and excitement.

Themes can include something from your worst nightmare or one of the scariest, creepiest horror characters which could include Michael Myers from ”Halloween,” Pennywise from ”IT”, or Freddy Krueger from ”Nightmare on Elm Street.”

“I knew I couldn’t pull it off alone so I have teamed up with people and we are collaborating to put this all together,” Bickford said.. ”There are 13 rooms that will each have there own theme or concept,” Bickford said. “The best 3 rooms will be chosen by the public and will receive prizes.”

Hours for the Fort Dodge Fear Factory will be 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28. Kids under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door and at

It will be located at 1100 Central Ave., above the Muscle Factory.

“I love the performance and stage aspect of Halloween and this is a perfect way to showcase a part of my creativity that I don’t get to at my day job,” Bickford said.