YCMHS students taking part in the Haunted Trail in Arcadia include Noah Zwicker, Keenan Comeau and Laura Fuller. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, to Sunday, Oct. 27, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. daily on the Tkipok Trail (formerly known as the Utkubok Trail).
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By Eric Bourque
It’s the time of year for ghosts and grim reapers and the other assorted offerings of Halloween, and you will find plenty of them if you check out the Haunted Trail in Arcadia.
Presented by Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School’s drama club, the event is scheduled to be held four nights – from Thursday, Oct. 24, to Sunday, Oct. 27 – between 7:30 and 10 p.m. on the Tkipok Trail (formerly known as the Utkubok Trail) next to Arcadia Consolidated School.
YCMHS student Laura Fuller, one of the event’s participants, says the haunted trail will feature plenty of Halloween-related sights and sounds.
“We’re having an Alice in Wonderland section and a graveyard section, so it’s going to be different stuff,” said Fuller, who will play the role of Alice. “There’s going to be a couple of surprises too … we agreed to keep those secret.”
Interviewed Oct. 17 – a week before opening night – Fuller said there are more students taking part this year compared to a year ago. At the time, she said she had a list of 26 people involved.
“We have new members that are pumped to come out and try this,” she said. “I know there are some students who can’t make it every night, so we try to organize around that. That’s what I’m doing right now, finalizing the list of when everybody’s going to be there.”
The event is a fundraiser to help send local students to the Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival (or DramaFest) to be held in Halifax in the spring.
The drama club will do plays later in the year, Fuller said, noting that the haunted trail is the club’s opening event.
Lauren Powell, who founded the event a few years ago while attending YCMHS, is no longer a student there, but she is helping out with this year’s haunted trail.
“I really love Halloween,” she said, recalling how she got the idea for the event. “I have always wanted to do either a haunted house or haunted anything … I tried a few different locations and then I found this one (the trail in Arcadia). I got permission. It was great.”
Tour guides will be on hand to help people along the trail. Hot apple cider will be for sale.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children and free for those under three.
The event will be held weather permitting and organizers encourage people to go to the Utkubok Haunted Trail page on Facebook to check for cancellations.
Those who take in the event will get their money’s worth, Powell says, given the length of the trail and everything it has to offer.
“You get sort of more bang for your buck,” she said. “I’ve been to a lot of haunted houses and things and you go in and you’re out already, so it’s sort of disappointing … (For this one), you get a nice nature walk, ambience.”