Friday, October 25, 2013

Scary good times

Express Staff Writer

Friends of the Howard Preserve will turn blood into gold to benefit the nature sanctuary during The Haunted Forest next Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo by staff files

    It’s the spine-tingling tour that sells out every year, so make a date with fear next week at the Bellevue Haunted Forest.
    The Haunted Forest, set in the dense and leafy woods of the Howard Preserve on the west side of Bellevue, continues to outdo itself in the scare genre every year and this year promises to be no different.
The event—scheduled to start at dusk Oct. 29 and 30—is intended for adults and kids 10 and up.
    About 150 volunteers have spent months creating props and scenarios to scare the living daylights out of the adventurous. While for some it may seem like a lifetime, the whole trip takes about 15 minutes. The gate closes at 9:15 p.m. to allow the final group to get through before the real ghouls envelop the forest in impenetrable darkness.
    Sun Valley Ballet will perform at the gate to make the wait entertaining.
    This event is a crowd pleaser but it also raises money for the Howard Preserve, for future Haunted Forests and other events around Bellevue.
    For more information or to help guide the tours or help with set-up and break-down, visit Bellevue Haunted Forest on Facebook.

Scream among the trees

What: The Haunted Forest.
Where: In the Howard Preserve, behind Mahoney’s on the west side of Main Street and Elm Street in Bellevue.
When: Tuesday, Oct 29, and Wednesday, Oct, 30. Gates open
at 5:15 p.m. Forest open from 6-10 p.m.
Tickets: $7.50 and should be bought ahead of time, as this is a sell-out event. They can be found at Mahoney’s, and Splash and Dash in Bellevue and the Bead Shop in Hailey.

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