Haunted trail to ‘scare up’ funds for VHS band

Published 3:32 pm Friday, October 7, 2011

Beware of scares on the second annual “Lost Souls Haunted Trail” presented by the Verbena High School Red Devil Regiment on Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7 p.m.

Admission to the trail is a $5 donation per person, but VHS band director Randi Penton said any extra donations are welcome.

“We’re trying to raise money to replace our uniforms, (and) we have drum line equipment we’re trying to replace,” Penton said. “This will be the main fundraising event for the fall.”

Penton said last year was the first year the VHS Band held the haunted trail, and it was only on Halloween night.

After only a few days of publicizing the event in the county, Penton said it was exciting to see a large number of people attend from different areas.

The event was such a success that band students and parents decided to increase it to four Saturday nights this year.

“All of us worked really hard for it, and we just had a ball putting it on,” Penton said. “It’s just fun to get out there and play with the kids, see them have a good time and make money on the side.”

Many of the band members have spent their time and money purchasing materials and building the “scenes” along the trail.

“It’s really gained a lot of momentum,” Penton said. “We’ve gotten donations from a few places around the county for wood and other supplies.”

Children under 12 years of age should be accompanied by an adult for what Penton called “a good 10- to 15-minute trek through the woods.”

The “Lost Souls Haunted Trail” is located at 1600 County Road 480 in Verbena.