Two Columbia County groups have organized haunted trails in the hunt for some Halloween screams.
The Lakeside High School JROTC Booster Club put together a haunted trail for Thursday and Friday at the school.
"It's going to be so much fun," said Hollie Dobson, the president of the booster club. "The kids are so excited."
The trail includes scary characters such as Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Egor and a werewolf, in addition to a cemetery with grave diggers and a scarecrow field. Popcorn, hot chocolate and free hayrides also will be available.
The trail is open from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. to midnight Friday at the school, on Blue Ridge Drive in Evans.
The cost is $1, but is free for ages 5 and under. Dobson said proceeds from the haunted trail go toward funding the school's JROTC trips and competitions and purchasing more obstacle course equipment and new weapons for the drill and rifle teams.
The Brzozowski family, of Harlem, has enlarged a Halloween display it has provided to the public for the past three years.
"It is probably twice the size this year," said Steven Brzozowski, who puts on a haunted trail annually with his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Marilyn Brzozowski. "We stepped it up a pretty good bit from what we did last year."
In addition to the existing scary and gory tour beginning at a cemetery, the Brzozowskis have constructed a full-size Crystal Lake cabin for Jason Voorhees, a large clown, jack-in-the-boxes and a mausoleum.
"We've been working on it now for about five weeks," Steven Brzozowski said.
The fourth annual haunted trail will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at 210 W. Forrest St. in Harlem. Admission is free, and candy will be provided for trick-or-treaters.
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