Haunted Woods event scares more than 1000 people

By Robin McCormick
West End Correstpondent

The second annual “Haunted Woods“ scared over 1,000 people of all ages from infants to people in their 80s. This was made possible by Weechi-it-te-win Family Services. The haunting event was held Friday, October 28, on Mctavish Rd. On the trails of the property where the family Healing Program operates.

Bill Morrison, Community Relations for Weechi-it-te-win Family Services shared with me, “the main purpose of the event is for families to spend quality time together and make memories together.” Nothing would make Weechi-it-te-win happier than to hear kids years from now say, “Remember when we all went to the Haunted Woods and were so scared.”

The organizers plan the night that, there truly is something for all ages.

For the real young children attending there’s a five minute walk decorated a in Halloween theme. From 4-7 p.m. the “soft scare” takes place for the youngsters. Then from 7-10 p.m. the hard scare happens, and scary it is, from a Sasquatch, ghouls, a genuine looking Michael Myers, a character hanging from a tree to a man scaring people with an operating power saw. Truly no one is left out without something to scare them. The trails are decorated with a wide variety of characters, scary displays and more than one could imagine, all making for a superb adventure.

More than 1000 people were delighted by the second annual Haunted Woods

To add to the evening, the weather was perfect, as was the over 300 hotdogs and hamburger served, along with wild rice soup and soft drinks.

And yes, it has been reported that husbands were clutching to their wives for protection. It was quite the feeling as characters would jump out of nowhere, or jump off the ground and you would find yourself screaming, with the hair on the back of your neck sticking up.

The many hours of hard work that allows this to take place, starts the first of September. The last two weeks saw hours spent, to guarantee a successful night.

Last year’s Haunted Woods event saw 500 people in attendance; it was amazing to see the numbers double this year. Organizers are hoping this event can carry on for years to come. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

A donation of non perishable food is welcome for the local food bank.

There will be a “Christmas Trail“ taking place this year – more information will follow on that event.

I’m sure the “Christmas Trail” will allow families to spend quality time together and make memories, just as the “Haunted Woods“ succeeded at doing on

A big shout out to Weechi-it-te-win for all their hard work, dedication and caring of families that goes into this.