By day, the sweet nature trail behind the Carroll County Recreation Park in North Carrollton, but this Halloween, it will be a whole other experience.
Creepy Hill was open last Saturday night, but will return Oct. 29 and Oct. 31 (not open on Sunday). Creepy Hill is $10 per person with proceeds going to the Jaguar Booster Club. The “creepy, scary” fun starts “when it gets dark”—around 7 p.m.
The trail is located in the back of the Carroll County Recreation Park in North Carrollton and Recreation Director Brian Randall said it is “going to be scary.”
Randall said age appropriateness would really depend on the child but, in his opinion, 12 years old and up would best be able to enjoy the scariness of the event. The Carroll County Sheriff Department will be on hand to ensure for a safe and fun environment.
The actors along the trail will be the J.Z George High School baseball and softball players. There will be adults on the trail to help supervise.
Randall said he would not bring 7-8 year olds out to Creepy Hill. He said he did not want to be responsible for disrupting everyone’s sleep for the next few weeks.
“This is the first time that I know of anything had been done like this around here,” Randall said. “I hope for a huge success so that we can do bigger and better next year.”
This is Randall’s first year as Recreation Director for the Carroll County Recreation Park. He said his goal is for Carroll County residents to enjoy the park as much as possible. And when he first saw the nature park, he thought it would be an excellent place for a haunted trail for Halloween.
“I thought it just made sense to have a haunted trail,” Randall said.
Randall said growing up, his father was a member of the Jaycees in Greenwood and they hosted a Haunted House fundraiser each year. He always helped his dad and remembered it being so much fun.
“I really love Carroll County and I would like for them to come out and enjoy themselves at the park,” Randall said.
North Carrollton Mayor Diane Slocum said “it sounds like a lot of fun.”
“You know when you are a young person, you hate to be scared, but at the same time, you loved it,” Slocum said. “I’m all for it! I think it will be a lot of fun!”
Creepy Hill is sponsored by the Carroll County Recreational Park, the Jaguar Club and Steve and Reba Bailey.
For more information about Creepy Hill, go to the facebook page for Carroll County Recreation Park.