The Wilmington College Haunted Trail ran by the Collegiate 4-H with assistance from the Aggies was held on October 21 and 22.
Explained by Margaret Kwiatkowski, “The Haunted Trail is actually a memoriam trail to Josh Keith, a previous member who started the trail. All the proceeds from both nights go to his memorial.”
Collegiate 4-H starts planning in early September for this event. A month before the trail opened, Collegiate 4-H opened up committees for the trail: scarers, registration, concessions, parking/security, and step-up/tear down crew.
The Haunted Trail is run solely on participation, but the club welcomes anyone to help, especially if they volunteer to scare.
A week before the event was when the nitty-gritty hit. All of the big props had to be set up throughout the trail. Vice President of Collegiate 4-H, Kourtney Kaemming, masterminded a maze which took the whole week before to place and build.
“The Haunted Trail is actually a memoriam trail to Josh Keith, a previous member who started the trail. All the proceeds from both nights go to his memorial.”
Setting up the entire trail took three days with help from: the advisory board members, the club, and the officers. There were a few groups of college students but main attendees were community members of Jr. High age and families.
“This was by far one of the most successful Haunted Trails in the recent past due to the 108 people who attended!” shared Kourtney.
Aggies member Anna Buck said, “Overall, night two was better. There were more people that came and it was a better turnout. I think it was good but the president said more scarers would’ve helped trail. I think most people found the trail very scary.”