While there won’t be any blood-soaked ghouls or chainsaw-wielding madman waiting to pounce on unsuspecting guests to this year’s Haunted Trail at the Adventure Center in Asheville, there will be plenty of chills and thrills to go around at the spookfest designed for families and children ages 3 to 12 years old.

“We’re all here about making family traditions and memories, and we’re very honored that people come and share that experience with us,” said Hauntrepreneur and owner of Haunted Trail /Asheville Plays Arica Haro.

Celebrating its ninth year, the no-contact outdoor Haunted Trail offers a walk-through Halloween play with live actors portraying classic Halloween scenes that include pirates and aliens in re-creations that are suitable for younger kids.

Adding a heart to Halloween, event sponsors continue their traditional fundraising pledge to donate four meals to MANNA Food Bank for every ticket sold. The Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance (MANNA) pantry is a member of Feeding America and serves 16 counties in Western North Carolina. Meals provided by MANNA go toward feeding community members in need.

Last year, MANNA provided 16,000 meals via the event’s Boo to Hunger program, which is supported entirely by ticket sales to the Haunted Trail.

Heart-pumping Scenery

In addition to spooky sounds, spectacular props and the Spooky Farm attraction presided over by a cute but frustrated bunny and few angry vegetables, adults and children age 4 and older can climb on the Treetops Adventure Park Aerial Glow Trail that has been illuminated by thousands of colored twinkle and laser lights.

Over nine years, The Haunted Trail has become a destination event, drawing families from as far away as Knoxville, Tennessee, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, said Haro.

For more information on the attraction, visit https://hauntedtrailwnc.com/.

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