SPCA scaring up spook-tacular fundraiser for the second year

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GRANTON – That time of year has come again where the crisp, dark night lends itself well to the horrors that lurk in the shadows.

It’s Halloween.

To celebrate the season, the SPCA of Pictou County is offering a night of screams, laughs and fun with the SPCA Haunted Trail.

Agnes Leavitt, shelter manager, notes this is the second year for the event.

“It’s a $5 admission and we raised over $700 last year,” she explains.

This year’s trail will be open October 21 and 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. each day.

“There will be horror scenes from movies that are notorious for scaring people and a trail guide will take people through the scenes.”

But be warned, the night is dark and full of terrors.

Students from Northumberland Regional High School and North Nova Education Centre are lending their talents to the event as actors.

“We have a lot of students helping us put this on again and we couldn’t do it without the students of Pictou County.”

The trail takes 15 to 20 minutes to navigate, with the help of the guide, and is recommended for ages 12 and up because of the scenes depicted.

“It may be too scary for children under 12,” she explains.

The actors are not allowed to grab people, but they can get very close, so be warned.
It’s also not recommended for anyone in a wheelchair or with mobility issues because of the rough terrain.

Leavitt notes the shelter will be closed during the trail event and the windows blacked out so as not to frighten the animals.

The event is cash only and hot chocolate and popcorn will be available for sale with all funds going to the shelter for maintenance and operating costs.

“We are hoping to build on last year’s event. It will be different, with different scenes. Last year was a trial run so we saw what worked and what didn’t work and we’ve extended the trail a bit this year.”

The trail itself was built as a walking trail for the dogs as Granton Road can be very busy and dangerous at times.

“We love putting (the trail) on. It gets people out to the shelter who don’t normally get here and we end up seeing those faces later on. It’s also educational for us because we let people know where we are but also educate on what we do here.”

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