By Madison Fisler Lewis
Oct. 29, 2014. If you’re looking for a good scare for a good cause this Halloween, look no further than the Appalachian Educators’ Haunted Valle, held through Oct. 31 at Camp Broadstone in Valle Crucis.
Formerly the Haunted Horn, the spooktacular event will be held from 7-10 p.m. each night on the trail located at 1471 Broadstone Rd. Admission for the event is $10 for adults and $8 for students, and is intended for attendees ages 8 and up.
The trail is run by student volunteers from the Appalachian Educators program at Appalachian State University and the theme for this year’s trail is “Valley Nightmares.”
ASU students are dressed up as creepy clowns, spooky specters, zombies, ghastly children and much more.
“For many of the students who have done this before, they just love scaring people and love getting dressed up in costume and finding the best ways to scare people,” said Janice Koppenhaver, assistant director of the program.
“The haunted trail weaves between the buildings at Camp Broadstone and it includes all of the things that you might have nightmares about. People can walk through the various venues and there are monsters that jump out at you.”
The haunted trail is recommended for adults and children over age 8. If younger kids tag along and don’t wish to go through the trail, they are welcome to hang out at the lodge, play games and enjoy Halloween refreshments.
“The trail is 1.3 miles from the intersection of N.C. 105 and Broadstone Road and we will have people dressed up at the entrance so it is easy to find,” Koppenhaver said. “It should be relatively easy to find, and it takes about 15 minutes from Appalachian’s campus to get here. But all the proceeds to to our Angel Tree program and to the Southern Appalachian Historical Association.”
For those who have not been, Koppenhaver suggests anyone who wants a good scare this Halloween come out and give the haunted trail a try – if they dare.
“It is a really creepy trail,” Koppenhaver said. “We are looking forward to scaring everybody.”
Photos by Ken Ketchie