“The scares, the genuine fear we try to generate, I hope that it’s something they’ll remember and continue to want to come out and experience,” Rob said.
New to this year’s event is a special Trick-or-Treat Tour for kids from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. This walk through the woods will not be scary and is geared toward children 12 and under. The cost is $5 per person.
Attendance at the fundraiser has grown steadily over the years.
The first Haunting at Horse Creek occurred on one night only and drew 152 people. Last year’s four-night event brought in over 800 people and raised about $5,000, Rob said.
Organizers hope to raise $6,000 this year, Rob said.
Ashley Withrow, co-chair of Relay for Life of Jefferson County, said events like the haunted woods fundraiser serve an important purpose by helping support cancer research and patient services in this area.
“I hope they have a great turnout,” Withrow said. “I think it’s great they put this on every year.”
Rob and Stacy Hulbert are members of Team Life Savers, which competes at Relay for Life every year.
Both of their families have been touched by cancer. Stacy’s uncle passed away from melanoma a few years ago and Rob’s grandmother also died from cancer.
“We’ve all had a personal touch from that horrible disease,” Rob said.
To reach the haunted woods, travel east on Illinois 15 toward Bluford, then turn north on Harmony Road. Next, follow Harmony Road to Malecki Road and turn right. Signs will be posted along the way to guide you to the site.
Food and drinks will be sold at the event’s starting point.