Be afraid - very afraid - and get a terrifying look at the Sugg Farm property after dark on the Haunted Hayride at the Farm, October 25, 7-11 p.m., following HollyFest.
The Bass Lake Park staff is organizing a spooky hayride through the Sugg Farm property.
The route begins near the Sugg Farm entrance and travels down the main road before heading off the path and passing through some of the lesser-seen areas of the farm. Expect about a dozen "scare spots" with werewolves, zombies, witches, night fiends and more.
"It will be scary," said Steve McElhaney, park naturalist, "and it should be a lot of fun."
In addition to the hayride, the Holly Springs School of Dance will reenact Michael Jackson's Thriller every half hour. Food vendors at the event include Chick-Fil-A, CupCakeBite, Kona Ice and Z's Gourmet Chocolate.
McElhaney said the hayride is appropriate for people ages 13 and older as staff and volunteers will be trying to frighten participants. Park staff will allow younger participants if parents decide their children are mature enough for the experience.
"Hopefully we'll have a good turnout and grow and get bigger every year," McElhaney said. "If it's a big hit, we may offer a multi-day event in the future."
McElhaney said the event will be able to accommodate about 250 people this year. Rides are expected to last about 25 minutes and will cost $5 per person (cash only).
The idea for the haunted hayride came from the haunted school event held for years at the Hunt Center before it was renovated.
"Farms are kind of scary anyway," McElhaney said. "We had a lot of people visit the haunted school at the Hunt Center, and they had a lot of fun."
In preparation for the event, the Town purchased a $4,950 wagon, which also will be used at other Town events and in the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade.
Want to volunteer?
If you’d rather terrify people than be frightened yourself, consider volunteering. Park staff is looking for volunteers ages 16 and older who can meet twice before the event. Interested in volunteering or want more information? Contact McElhaney at (919) 557-2906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.