The Scare Fest is back for 2017!
On a bright sunny day, Chambers Farm Wood, near Wragby, is bursting with wildlife, visited by happy dog-walkers and filled with tranquil birdsong.
As dusk turns to night on Saturday, October 28, the atmosphere will become terrifyingly bone-tingling at the hands of the fundraising team at St Andrew’s Hospice.
The woodland is once again being transformed into Halloween spectacular, where witches hang out in the undergrowth and ghosts are ready to spook you at every turn.
The Scare Fest is being staged to raise money for Andy’s at St Andrew’s, the children’s hospice at the site in Peaks Lane, Grimsby, and it promises to be even more thrilling than last year’s, which saw people from all over the county take part.
Participants will this year walk a course through deep, dark woodland and by open countryside, with all manner of blood-curdling obstacles in their way.
ZaZa Warren, the hospice’s events manager, warned that the Scare Fest is not for the faint-hearted and is only open to over-14s.
“It’s guaranteed to be one of the spookiest fundraising events of the year,” she said. “The terrain is firm and the route is clearly marked… it’s the surprises and shocks along the way that people need to watch out for!
“What I can say is to expect the unexpected. We are keeping things tightly under wraps until the night.
“We had some great feedback from last year’s event. I’ve been to Chambers Farm Wood many times during the day, and it really is a lovely beauty spot to visit. But at night, it looks, feels and sounds entirely different. Believe me, it’s quite unnerving!
“I don’t think last year’s participants really anticipated how different it is, especially with the tricks and treats we had in store for them. Screams and laughter could be heard echoing around the wood as they made their way to the finish line.
“We are definitely increasing the fear factor for this year – but all in the name of fun, of course. If you love Halloween or scary films, then the Scare Hike is definitely for you. The imagination is a very powerful thing, and most people love a good, old-fashioned and, most importantly, safe fright at Halloween.”
Sign up to the Scare Fest here or call ZaZa on 01472 571268 for just £10 in advance. Participants are asked to collect sponsorship, as the registration fees are used to cover costs. Registration will be available on the night, at £15.