Trails of Terror lead to Rainy River

Jack Elliott
Rainy River correspondent

It is Spooktacular. The Rainy River Trail of Terror will send a Covid 19 chill up your spine. Envisioned by Shannon Hagarty and Marty Kreger this concept opened a way for the community to be active and involved in a fun Halloween Season activity while not being cowed by the Covid 19 pandemic that seems to control all our lives.
Set up an a rural acreage at 223 Byrnes Road, west of Hwy 600 just north of Rainy River, it allows young and old to enjoy the thrills and chills of the Haunted House theme while maintaining Social Distancing. The 15 minute tours have to be booked in advance over the 5 days of the event. Your ‘social bubble’ groups are started down the Trail of Terror at 10 minute intervals.
First opportunity was this past Saturday Oct 17 when the eerie cries of lost souls, howls of werewolves and the rustling and drooling of zombies in the undergrowth made my blood run cold. But at the end of the trail there was a roaring bonfire where I could roast my frozen fingers and enjoy a snack of the gory body parts found scattered through the Trail’s graveyard. Warning – watch out for a vicious juvenile werewolf named Gus…he bites.
Running Friday and Saturday Oct 23 and 24, and 30 and 31, The “Hard Scare” at $10 per person runs from 7:00 pm until midnight. The “Soft Scare” at $5 bucks a head is for the younger adventurers or you older cowards afraid of the dark on Saturday Oct 24 and 31 from 3 to 6 pm. All the spots have been fully booked and your only opportunity to see it this year…if you dare… is to find a reserved group that will let you into their social bubble.
Kudos to the Rainy River Rec Board and all the volunteers, young, old, and haunted, for this great community event. And let’s not forget our local Businesses and the Town of Rainy River whose financial support helped make The Trail of Terror a reality.