Looking for a good scare?
In advance of Halloween, once again, Little Beaver State Park is staging its own special night of frights in the “Haunted Trail” on a road leading up to Shelter No. 3.
Along the way, expect some spooks — not real, of course — to jump out with some howls and shrieks to put you in the mood for the season of scary sights and sounds.
“We’ve done this for years,” says Little Beaver Superintendent Eric Evans. “We’ll have some people dressed up in hiding, who will jump out and scare people along the trail.”
Participants will walk about half a mile to reach the climax of the trail — a specially adorned shelter that creates a maze, a network of setups with other frightful figures in dead-end corners.
“We’ll take a shelter and use two-by-fours to create a maze,” Evans said.
“When you walk into it, we have black plastic on the walls. You have to make your way through it. You might turn a corner and find it’s a dead-end, and have to turn around and come back out. Little rooms will be set up and we’ll have workers in there to hop out at you.”
Of course, these are only humans wearing masks found at stores in the area.
As far as Evans has been able to ascertain, there aren’t any genuine ghosts skulking about Little Beaver State Park.
Adults will be charged $6, while children pay $4 for the cruise.
The trail is open Oct. 16-17, beginning at dark and running up to around 11 p.m., then will re-open Oct. 23-31, with closing hours at 10 p.m. on week days, and 11 p.m. on weekends.
Evans is looking for a few good hands to help make the Haunted Trail a success this year.
In a media announcement Monday, the superintendent said he wants some “energetic and dynamic volunteers” to lend their time and service. Anyone interested may contact him at 304-763-2494.
“Last year, we did about $6,000 in revenue,” he said of the annual event.
“It goes back to the general fund but it’s part of our state revenue budget for the year.”
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