MT. VERNON — Eliciting fear is the main objective of those behind the Haunting at Horse Creek fundraiser.
The event is intended to be a fun way to raise money for a good cause. However, if no one gets truly scared, organizers will be quite disappointed.
“This year, we’ve added a few details that will improve the overall quality of the event,” said organizer Rob Hulbert of rural Bluford. “What we strive for is to genuinely scare the people regardless of their age group, whether they’re a teenager or an adult.”
The Haunting at Horse Creek, now in its fourth year, features both a hayride and walk through some “haunted woods” in Jefferson County.
The event is hosted by Rob and Stacy Hulbert and mostly takes place on their property northeast of Mt. Vernon. Their family and friends help them run the attraction.
This year’s dates are Oct. 18-19, and Oct. 25-26. Hayrides and walk-throughs begin at 7 p.m. each night and tickets are $8 per person. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Jefferson County.
“I hope there’s a sense of on the part of individuals who participate that they’re making a contribution to a really good cause,” Rob said. “I also hope people simply have a good time and enjoy themselves.”
Once visitors have paid for their tickets, they are taken on a roughly 20-minute hayride on an old county gravel road.
They are then dropped off in the middle of the woods and given flashlights and instructions on where to go.
Next, visitors embark on a trek through the woods before being picked up for a return hayride. The entire attraction, including the hayrides and walk, takes 45 to 75 minutes to complete.
Along the forest path will be different horror scenes, as well as “random ambush scares,” Rob said.