SPRINGHILL – Spooky specters have slumbered for almost two years now, but soon they will rise in the night to terrify and delight everyone.
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Volunteers for the Valley Road Spooktacular Haunted House and Trail were onsite this weekend, propping up corpses and conjuring all sorts of wickedness in anticipation of this Saturday’s opening.
The Valley Road Spooktacular Haunted House and Trail at Justin and Tina Simons’ household is returning after taking a break in 2012 to let the terror slumber, but on Sat, Oct. 19, and again on Sat, Oct. 26, there will be little they can do to contain the horror. Almost 30 volunteers are in place to add a sense of menacing chaos to the event aimed at benefitting Springhill’s elementary schools.
“Two years ago we raised about $4,500,” Justin said. “This year we’re setting a goal of $6,000.”
To help them reach that goal, hotdogs and pop will be sold, with all proceeds going to the schools. An admission fee is being charged for the haunted house and walk but, as in previous years, the Simons will also be collecting non-perishable donations for a local food bank.
The Simons will also offer two versions of the haunted tour, one scaled down for children and then other a full-on onslaught of the senses for those brave enough to dare try. The kids tour will run from 2 to 6 p.m. and then the adult version runs from 7 to 10 p.m.
“Don’t touch the ghouls, and the ghouls won’t touch you.”
Simon warns there are a few steep inclines during the half-kilometre haunted woods trail walk, but said the trail is excellent this year, with many sections being built up to improve walking conditions.
And he’s passing on some helpful advice for those looking to face the phenomenal head-on.
“Don’t touch the ghouls, and the ghouls won’t touch you,” he said. “And bring a flashlight for an easy retreat if you think you need it.”
To get to Valley Road Spooktacular Haunted House and Trail, travel East on Main Street in Springhill to the end of town limits. The haunted house will be posted from the road on the right hand side.
Or just listen for the screams.