EAST PALESTINE - Don't be alarmed by the sounds of construction in the wooded area behind the Girl Scout cabin at the village park, it's only Nathan Foster getting ready for the second annual Creepy Hollows Haunted Trail.
Foster has put in days of hard work making things for the event he has organized last year and this year. He moved the haunted trail to the park last year after first hosting smaller events from his own back yard for seven years. The event was approved by the park board and Mayor Margo Zuch said the first one was a success.
"It was great last year. It was very nice. I hope it continues, and continues to grow," she said.
Growing is one of Foster's goals, as he works to make the trail bigger and better this year. The trail will have some new features, including a maze toward the end.
Although Foster organizes the event and is responsible for a majority of the work, community members and friends have volunteered their time and expertise, he said.
One man has already donated LED lighting to be used along the roughly 160-foot trail, and other local businesses have donated money or offered to donate, he added.
A generator has also been donated.
Foster said more donations are needed since the event is not for profit. Admission is by money donation and goes to cover expenses. Left over money is then given to the Friends of the Park.
Donations prior to the event can be in the form of volunteering time, money, supplies, food, or candy. Donated food is for volunteers working the trail and candy is given out to trail-goers at the end, he said.
To make a donation, or for more information, contact Foster or his fiancee Melissa at 330-426-2347.
"It's always been about the kids and having a good time. It's fun seeing all my friends and everybody helping. They all have a blast. It's just a fun thing," Foster said.
The haunted trail runs from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday in October.