If you are looking for a good scare this Halloween, then look no further than the Haunted Trail at the Thurston Volunteer Fire Department, as the volunteers and their families have brought back the guided three-quarter mile walk-through experience. Everyone knows the woods can be a spooky place at night on their own, but add in a few monsters, zombies and a giant mutant spider and you have a truly scary experience for those who dare to venture past the tree line. I was able to be part of the first group that went through last Saturday evening and can vouch that it made for a fun (and scary) night out, well worth the $5 donation to get in.
The trail will be open again on October 31, beginning at dark and staying open until the last person waiting in line has been through. The event serves as a fundraiser and all proceeds will go to support the fire department.
Eddie Singletary, Assistant Fire Chief for Thurston VFD, stated the trail is a fun way the volunteers can give something back to the community. The department began the yearly event around six years ago and has help from each of the local volunteer departments in putting it on. The local event offers something unique to the community that you will not likely get at other haunted house type attractions, as the volunteers can customize the experience for each group.
“The level of scariness depends on the age group we have going,” Singletary said. “If there is a group with lots of small kids coming through, we can cut some stuff out so they won’t be too scared, but if we have a group of adults, well then it is on! We have things throughout the woods that you won’t see anywhere else.”
He also added that another aspect that can be taken out is the strobe lights, in case there is an individual who is prone to seizures, but still wants to get in on the fun.
“We don’t want anyone to miss out because of that and we can make a run through and cut off the strobe lights if they tell us about it beforehand. We can cater to each group, which is something you don’t get many places.”
Singletary has been a main planner for the event every year except one and serves as a guide each year. He has had many of those going through the trail tell him they would stick close to him, because he would know where all of the actors are and hopefully he could protect them. However, he stated while he does know a general idea of where everyone is at, he does not know what they will do and it is a different experience each time you go through. The walk will take roughly 20 to 30 minutes to complete and will feature live action scenes and storytelling throughout.
So, if you are looking for something fun to do Saturday night and are hoping for a good scare, since it is Halloween, after all, then make sure to visit Thurston Volunteer Fire Department for their Haunted Trail. That is, if you dare to find out what goes bump in the night. The Thurston Volunteer Fire Department is located at 4188 Crest Highway in Thomaston.
Ashley Biles can be reached by calling 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @AshleyBiles1