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Getting in the Halloween spirit: A tour of the Sturtevant Haunted Farm in Illinois

Harlen Persinger

October 23, 2012

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Photojournalist Harlen Persinger discovered that the Sturtevant Haunted Farm near Walnut, Illinois, offered plenty of nightmares for lots of leery visitors this Halloween. Lisa and Skip Sturtevant have been inviting guests to view the Halloween displays on their farm for free for 15 years, and the displays have become more complex, wacky and scarier each year.

Do you have any favorite haunted farms, corn mazes or hayrides you visit each year? List them in the comments section below.

About the Author(s)

Harlen Persinger

Harlen Persinger is a photojournalist who lives in Milwaukee. Since 2004, he has freelanced for regional and national farm publications such as Wisconsin Agriculturist and Farm Industry News, plus many others.

Persinger grew up on a farm in Grundy County, Iowa. He received a degree in ag journalism from Iowa State University in 1972. He has traveled to more than 40 countries and has been a member of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association (now Agricultural Communicators Network) since 1976. In 2016, he was the first photojournalist/freelancer to receive the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, Persinger began providing college scholarships to 4-H’ers from his home county who have an interest in photography/journalism and agriculture. He was inducted into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame in 2023.

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