The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 29, 2009

Trail of Terror reopens tonight for those who dare

KIMBERLY BELLAMY

Those who are seeking some Halloween horror won’t have to travel too far to attempt to be scared at the Trail of Terror near the Macclesfield area.

For the third year, Tracy and Lynn Strickland have utilized their farm, the Strickland Farm, to provide people with an alternative to the traditional costume wearing and candy giveaway events known to occur on Oct. 31.

During the first weekend of the trail being open on Oct. 23 and 24, there were about 300 people that came by.

“Our numbers were definitely up from last year,” said Lynn Strickland.

The trail will reopen tonight and will be open through Halloween night on Saturday.

Each year, the couple in addition to about 40 volunteers team together to decorate the farm using multiple Halloween-themed props.

“It takes us six weeks to build it out in the woods,” Strickland said.

Those who visited the trail last year can expect a new twist on what has been prepared to frighten them.

“We change it every year, and it just gets better and better,” Strickland said.

The couple came up with the idea to create the trail by getting bored with other Halloween events in other towns that were meant to provide scares.

“We just enjoy going to them ourselves,” Strickland said.

“We had the perfect setup and place to have something like that.”

The trail features reenactments of popular horror movie characters that will watch, follow, and maybe even chase the attendants as they work their way through the half mile walking trail.

“Your every move will be watched as you trek down a long, narrow and winding path through our haunted woods. The eerie moonlight will be your only guide while haunting spirits will always be with you,” the Trail of Terror Web site in describing the event.

The trail isn’t recommended for anyone 12 or under or those with heart conditions.

There are discounts available to get more scare for your buck. The general admission is $10 for everyone.

Tonight, a $1 discount is offered for bringing in a can of food, which will be donated to a local shelter. College ID discounts are offered each night to receive a $1 off.

“We’re confident that we’re the best thing for your money for $10,” Strickland said.

Each night the trail will open at 7 p.m., but tonight ticket sales end at 10 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m. Friday ticket sales end at midnight and the trail closes at 1 a.m. Saturday ticket sales end at midnight and closes at 2 a.m.

The trail is at 7346 Strickland Farm Road in Macclesfield.

For more information visit the Web site at www.thestricklandfarmtrailofterror.com.