Of Spook Trails and Little Guys…..

The other day I was having a chat in the comment section with Susie Lindau of Susie’s Wild Ride blog. I mentioned how much I liked going on Spook Trails when she stated she had never heard of them before. That gave me the idea for this blog.

If you haven’t been on one of these trails you should find one and try it. Also known as Haunted Trails or Terror Trails, usually they are sponsored by church groups or Jaycees or similar organizations. Basically, they are a haunted house, albeit outdoors. The formula is simple, find a nice wooded area with a trail which is very dark after the sun goes down. Set up some well placed scary apparatus and dress up some folks in  ghoulish Halloween garb primed to jump out at already nervous travelers along  the trail.  Of course, free cider and donuts at the end of the trail are a must to calm those intrepid folks who have made the trek unscathed. Usually there is a nominal charge for the trail to offset costs or to go to charity.

A little story about one of these trails. One year a neighbor of ours couldn’t take their boys and asked if they could go along with me and my daughter and son. Of course I said yes. Their little guy, about 7 or 8 years old as I recall, stuck really close to me as my older kids and his older brother sped on ahead. He was wide-eyed and nervous, so when the inevitable monsters and body-snatchers and grave robbers would jump out at us, he would squeeze my hand or cling to my leg until I thought my bones would break! He was well-nigh shook up, but survived, and at the end couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was. He turned out to be one of the nicest young men you could imagine, so I guess the experience wasn’t to detrimental to his psyche.

Anyway, I hope your autumn and Halloween hi-jinx meet your fondest expectations. In fact, if you’d like to come by our house, I’ll be happy to greet you at the door…….

Your pal, Al



7 thoughts on “Of Spook Trails and Little Guys…..

  1. Wrapping you in hugs (not scary ones) and I hope you are recovering well form your hip op., my Bro. Hugs and much ❤ for you and Patty. xXx

  2. I’ve never heard of spook trails, so I checked out such things in our area and we do have a few haunted houses. I think the possibility of sub-sub-zero temperatures limits the inclination to plan outdoor events.

    • Yes, Margy, discretion is definitely the better part of valor when it comes to weather. We still have mid to high 60’s around here at Halloween time. Deteriorates pretty fast after that. I guess you’ll just have to be satisfied with a cyber trail: BOO!!

  3. We have haunted houses around here from various groups. It has been years since I have been through one. I am not sure I want to be scared anymore!!!! Have a happy Halloween Al!

    • Faye, I think you’ve already filled your quota of being scared thanks to West Nile. You are hereby authorized to take Halloween night off!

  4. I’ve not heard of these events either. However, it does sound fun. Scary but fun. I don’t really like to be scared but I like to scare others. Not sure what that says about me, but hey, at least I’m honest.

    I may have to swing by your place just to see your scary face.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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