The Hobb's Grove Halloween Haunt near Sanger will close this year to allow the owners time to resolve their divorce and business issues involving the Hobb's Grove corporation.
Mike and Lore Callahan have operated Hobb's Grove -- ranked by Haunted Attraction Magazine as one of the Top 25 must-see haunts in the country -- since 1999. The attractions include a haunted house, a haunted hayride through the countryside and a walk through the haunted forest.
"It just started looking like it was going to be smarter to take the year off than it would be to try and open," said Lore Callahan, director of Hobb's Grove. She declined to give details on the business issues.
"We hope to be back next year," Callahan said.
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Mike Callahan could not be reached for comment.
Hobb's Grove typically opened the second weekend of October and ran through the end of the month. About 15,000 people visited the grove each October.
Another 120 people were employed every night as scary characters, security or sales people.
Hobb's Grove was one of several Halloween-theme events throughout the central San Joaquin Valley. Other popular haunted houses and attractions include the Fright Night Scream Park behind Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis and Raisin Hell Ranch in Madera.