Sport and Leisure Management students from Holland College Alberton get a lesson on delivering frights as they prepare for an October 27 and 28 haunted tour of the Prince County Exhibition grounds and buildings. Proceeds will support the Alberton Figure Skating Club and the reconstruction of Camp Kildare.
ALBERTON -- The Prince County Exhibition grounds and buildings are gradually being transformed into several scary scenes as Holland College Alberton Sport and Leisure Management students prepare to present Hallow-Scream. Students and volunteers will provide guided haunted tours on Sunday and Monday, October 27 and 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The program’s first and second year students are treating this fright-filled experience as a fundraiser for the Alberton Silver Blades Figure Skating Club and to assist in the reconstruction of Camp Kildare.
Much of the planning is being handled by the first-year students, and they are being challenged to outperform last year’s class.
“Last year’s first year class set the bar pretty high,” instructor Jeff Ellsworth reminded his students. Besides delivering lots of frights and thrills, they raised more than $3,000 for their causes.
Hallow-Scream, said Will Koetsier who gave the event its name, is the first-year students first opportunity to plan an event together and they want to make it memorable
Teasa Fraser took the tour last year and subsequently helped out as a volunteer. She admits she prefers delivering the frights than being subjected to them. She and her classmates are finalizing their list of volunteers who will help stage Hallow-Scream ‘13. There will be about 30 volunteers per night spread throughout the scenes and leading the tours. The school’s welding class is taking charge of one of the barns.
And so that nobody gets the idea that it will be same old, same old, students are researching haunted house scenes online and changing up all of the barns.
Student Davy Murphy is convinced visitors seeking thrills and chills will get more than their money’s worth. “We walked through yesterday to see what it was like and I got scared, too,” he confessed.
And that’s before all the scenes and triggers are set.
Besides the two nights of frights, the classes are hosting Kids activities on the grounds on Sunday, October 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress in costume for the activities.