Fort Campbell's haunted trail is back for the second year in a row, providing a freakishly good time for anyone who dares to tread its paths.
Dale E. Wayrynen Community Recreation Center, Gear-to-Go and the Fort Campbell riding stables are teaming up at the Fort Campbell riding stables area this Halloween to provide one of the most fun - and scariest - attractions around.
The recreation center has actually been putting on events like this for 25 years. In others words, they are experts when it comes to scaring people.
"We took a break one year and found out people don't want us to take a break," said Linda Howle, D.W. Rec. Center director. "They really want this."
The haunted trail will be filled with frightening surprises such as a grave site and a witch's cove. You will be spooked by an evil gorilla, Death, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, zombies, ghouls and Leatherface - watch out for his chainsaw.
"It's everything you'd expect to see in the horror movies," Howle said. "There will be all kinds of creatures lurking through the woods."
The recreation center puts all the work and creativity into the hands of Soldiers.
"It's up to the Soldiers as to what they want to put in the trail … it's going to be a surprise even to us," Howl said.
"People get really creative," Howle said. "We've got some Soldiers with creative minds. They have as much fun as the people going through the trail so it's a morale booster too."
Specialist Warren Speer, transport operator, 541st Transportation Company, 106th Transportation Battalion, will be at the haunted trail, ready to scare you.
"[The haunted trail] is a perfect idea," Speer said. "It's a good opportunity to scare people and hopefully not get hit."
"I'm looking forward to helping out, and hopefully people will enjoy it," he said.
There will be a shuttle to take people from the parking area to the riding stable. From there, patrons will be treated to a hayride, taking them down to the trails. There will be hot chocolate, candy and popcorn. Also, Gear-to-Go will have several inflatables set up for the kids.
"Last year it was thrown together real quick," Lanette Foster, stable manager, said of the hay ride. This year the hayride will last a little longer as opposed to the 60-second jaunt during last year's haunted trail.
"This year we've had more time to plan things," Foster said. "It should be fun … I'm very excited about it."
People have worked on the trail every day since last Saturday, putting it all together.
Specialist Joshua Hargus, 159th Aviation Brigade, and his wife Jadie, both new to the Fort Campbell area, have been helping out as well.
"It feels pretty cool to be helping," Joshua Hargus said. "Kids and grownups will be having a lot of fun."
Working at the haunted trail is a perfect opportunity for Joshua as he's trying to scare people all the time. The Hargus's are also taking the chance to get involved with their new community.
"We just got here from Germany," Jadie Hargus said, "and we saw the flier. We thought it'd be a good way to meet people and a big opportunity to help the community."
The haunted trail, of course, has several sponsors who help make it all possible. One of the bigger sponsors is Music City Motorplex.
"It's our small way of saying thank you," said Joe Mattiolli, president of the Music City Motorplex. "I don't think any citizen can do enough … we're just glad [the troops] are back home."
"We're excited about being able to participate and we're open to new ideas for anything people want to do," Mattiolli said.
The haunted trail awaits you this Halloween - don't be too scared.
"The woods are eerie anyway," Howle said. "Walking through them in the dark is creepy."
"Last year we had more people go in than come out," she said with a laugh.
For more information about the haunted trail, call (270) 798-7391.
The haunted trail takes place Friday and Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Fort Campbell riding stables area.
Ticket are $7.50 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 5-11, and kids 4 and under get in free.