Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In Bellevue, little scares and big screams

Haunted Forest set for Wednesday and Thursday at Howard Preserve

Express Staff Writer

Spectators make their way past one of the many ghoulish surprises at the Bellevue Haunted Forest last year.
Express photo by Roland Lane

    The Haunted Forest in Bellevue is celebrating its seventh anniversary with the presentation of “Carn-Evil.” Over the years, the Howard Preserve forested park west of downtown has been transformed into an evil entity, and it continues to attract darkness and otherworldly beings. Many things have been seen; many stories have been and are yet to be told. In any event, you have been warned.
    Experience the horror tonight, Oct. 29, and Thursday, Oct. 30. There are only 500 tickets available per night and the Haunted Forest usually sells out, so get your tickets early. Tickets are on sale now at The Bead Shop in Hailey, Splash & Dash in Bellevue and Mahoney’s in Bellevue. Each night, the organizers hold a small amount of tickets at the gate, but usually will run out by 6 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.
    It is highly recommended that families with younger children show up early and plan to attend before dark. Visiting after dark is not advised for children or adults who scare easily. Children under 5 are customarily not allowed in, due to the gruesome nature of some of the displays.
    This affordable and fun event has helped make a difference locally.  
    “The proceeds benefit the long-term maintenance of the Howard Preserve, as well as other local community and economic programs,” said event manager Tammy Schofield.
    With the ticket/donation price at $7 per ticket, the event provides great entertainment and supports a great cause.
    “In addition, the funds raised from the event go right back into our community,” Schofield said. “The funds have been leveraged to accomplish a lot of upgrades and repairs down at the 12.58-acre preserve.” Entrances to the Haunted Forest are located on the west side of Main Street in Bellevue at Broadford Road and Elm Street. For more information, visit

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