The annual March of Dimes Haunted House raised more money this year than ever before: $202,000.

More than 50,000 people braved the one-hour walk through 23 ghoul-laden rooms at $5 each to help the March of Dimes in its fight against birth defects.Funds will go toward research into prevention of birth defects. Most of the money - 84 percent - will remain in Utah, according to Nancy Piltz, event chairman. "Many of Utah's medical centers are at the forefront in discovering preventive medicines and procedures."

The Haunted House raises one-third of chapter income, according to Steve Carey, director of the chapter. Major sponsors of the event include Smith's, Little Caesars Pizza, Coca-Cola, KRSP, KTVX Channel 4 and Wendy's.