PSO grads planning haunted forest – scary fun on Halloween

New zone for young children at Seventh Annual Halloween Town

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School students are busy organizing for Halloween Town 2013 at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Oct. 31. The theme this year is “forbidden forest.”

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School students are busy organizing for Halloween Town 2013 at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Oct. 31. The theme this year is “forbidden forest.”

Area residents – the ones brave enough – will get the chance to walk through a “haunted forest” this Halloween.

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School grad students are currently preparing for the Seventh Annual Halloween Town that will see four hockey dressing rooms turned into a haunted forest with “crazy rednecks” and “creepy camping” scenes.

The event is taking place at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on Oct. 31.

New this year will be a “creepy zone” with games and activity stations set up for younger children, explains Donri Heise, part of the PSO graduation committee.

“It’s a big community event and lots of people will go through more than once. The year I went through with my oldest daughter it was pretty creepy.”

Close to 75 students are involved with set construction, organizing, advertising and acting.

“This year, they’re putting some new exciting twists on it that will have a little bit more crowd interaction.”

Sponsored by the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce, Halloween Town runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and also includes fireworks, a bonfire, a free skating party and refreshments.

Kimberly Vance, who does community programming and events for Canlan Ice Sports, says it’s a really good event for the community and local businesses to support.

“It’s a way to have a safe and fun Halloween night in town,” says Vance, who attended the event with her family last year.

“It was really fun. There were people there of all ages. We didn’t go in the haunted house because we have a little boy. That’s why we’re happy there’s something for younger children (this year).”

Vance says she expects hundreds to attend the family friendly event.

The fireworks show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.