Haunted Woods opens at Arbala

Chili contest, antique tractor pull among events planned Oct. 18 for first 'Help A Child' benefit

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 19, 2008 - The tradition continues in Arbala with the annual Haunted Woods, revived two years ago by Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew.

As has been the case since Halloween 2006, the fun begins at Arbala Community Center, located on FM 1567, with the stew dinner, a good chance for community members to fellowship with old friends and support two worthy funds. A fee of $5 for adults and $3 for children up to age 10 will be assessed for the meal, which includes a drink and dessert, all donated for the event.

As soon as the sun recedes the horizon, the wagons will be loaded at Arbala Community Center for a thrilling ride guaranteed to raise a few hairs at the horror. For a $7 fee for adults or $3 for children 10 years or less, thrill-seeks can hop on the hay wagons which will make the trek down the shadowed and whiterock roads deep into the wooded section of the community to the Haunted Woods trail.

Those planning to partake of both the Stew Dinner and Haunted Woods Trails will want to mention they will be enjoying both the stew supper and haunted hayride so that they can take advantage of the discounted rate of $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 or less for both.

This year's trail offers a number of the same type of ghoulish sites as well as a few spine-tingling surprises. The ride only goes so far, then thrill seekers begin the remainder of the trek on foot. Be sure to watch where you step, you never know what will appear out of nowhere to surprise you. Creepy crawlies come in all shapes, sizes and can crop up from any direction. If you're squeamish about a few disemboweled bodies, spiders and rats make your skin crawl, you might consider taking a friend or family member who doesn't mind holding your hand.

And of course, no true Halloween trek is complete without going past a cemetery, ghosts, skeletons, corpses, a jail, mummies, scarecrows, caves a car reminiscent of "Christine" and fog filled pond. Be sure to get your fill of stew before you depart; you wouldn't want to be tempted to try whatever's brewing in the witch's cauldron.

All proceeds benefit Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew 69 and the Arbala Community Center. Among the Venture Crew members helping with this year's trail are Kasey and Shelby Blezinger, Morgan Lutz, Andrew Burton, Kelvin Gentry, Adam Baxter, Justin Griggs, Josh Stolenburg, Sam Pierce, Jacob Jones, Andrew Wallace and Everett Wilder, and a dedicated young woman from Dallas who drives regularly to participate in activities.

For more information or directions, contact Paula Hammond at 903-885-4932 and 903-243-1540.

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