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Dubuque family takes Halloween to the next level

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Drive down any road in Eastern Iowa during the month of October, and chances are, you'll see Halloween decorations up at a few houses.

But you probably won't see a display like you'll see at one Dubuque family's house.

The Great River Reapers now have their expansive collection on display.  It includes hundreds of pieces, almost all of which are made by them.

Cathy Salwolke said they started with their first prop about 23 years ago.  It was just a hobby then, but it's now turned into a passion, she said.

It takes them about six weeks to put everything up.  They start the process in August to have it ready for the month of October.

They host anywhere from 25-100 people every night through their haunt, and about 1,000 people on Halloween.

And while it's certainly a scary and all-encompassing haunted experience, it also serves as a benefit for a couple of charities.

While it's free to walk through, they collect donations for the Wounded Warrior Project, and food donations for Dubuque's food pantry.

The Great River Reapers display can be found at 2750 Burden St. in Dubuque.

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