Eagle Lake Haunted Forest returns
EAGLE LAKE, Maine — A seriously scary Halloween event that raises money for a local fire department will return in mid-October. Dozens of volunteers will participate in the third annual Eagle Lake Haunted Forest, frightening anyone who dares walk the dark and wooded trail behind the Eagle Lake Town Office during the event.
Hundreds of guests attend the spooky fundraiser each year, with proceeds benefiting the Eagle Lake Fire Department.
“We raised about $3,500 last year, and what was nice about that is we were able to use that [money] to buy gear for one of our firefighters, which was $2,800 in itself,” said organizer Robert St. Germain.
The department spent the remaining funds to send two firefighters to fire attack training school.
Those who brave the Haunted Forest on Oct. 13 this year will find their hearts leaping out of their chests as horrifying figures jump out of the woods to terrorize them, according to St. Germain. Organizers warn that special effects will include strobe lights and that the event is “not for the faint of heart.”
St. Germain also recommended that visitors dress warmly for the outdoor event.
“I do not know what the forecast looks like for that night, but we are in northern Maine so it’s definitely not going to be 70 degrees,” he said. “And we also ask that people wear proper footwear because it is a woods trail. We will try our best to get everybody through comfortably.”
The volunteer actors who will do the haunting range in age from 11 to 50 years old. St. Germain asks that guests refrain from touching the actors or their props, and said that law enforcement will be on site to ensure everyone’s safety.
Volunteers also will be selling chili and chicken stew at the event.
The third annual Haunted Forest will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at dark, most likely between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to St. Germain, in the woods behind the Eagle Lake Town Office located at 36 Devoe Brook Road.
The price to be terrorized is $10 for adults and $5 for children who are 12 or younger.