As a new scouting group starting from scratch, the 1st Valley BPSA Scouting Group needs to raise funds to purchase all the scouting basics again, such as coolers, tents, a trailer, and funds to go on adventures.
The group is once again hosting its spooktacular Halloween yard haunt fundraiser at 4429 St. Mary Blvd. in Hanmer.
“This year, we are opening earlier and longer to try to raise enough funds to get all the supplies we need to keep going,” said Scott Seguin, who along with his fiancee, has turned their home into a frightful attraction.
“We have a lot of new stuff. We have added two 12-foot skeletons and set them up as if they are having a battle over our yard, as well as five animatronics, a new horror movie character scene, and a revamp of most of the layout from last year.
“We also have more volunteers this year to give that extra scare, including Jason (from Friday the 13th), who pops right out of Crystal Lake.”
The yard haunt opened on Friday last week and ran through the weekend.
“The first weekend was great,” said Seguin. “We had a couple hundred visitors go through already and received some amazing feedback.”
The yard haunt will also be available to the public on Oct. 21 from 6-10 p.m. on Oct. 22 to Oct. 27 every day from 7-10 p.m. On Oct. 28, it will be open from 6-10 p.m., and then on Oct. 29-30 it’s open from 7-10 p.m.
On Halloween night, the yard haunt is open from 6-10 p.m.
Seguin said while last year was a great success, being obsessed with Halloween means they will likely be doing a yard haunt every year.
“The plan is to do this every year, because scouting is expensive,” said Seguin. “By doing this event, it means the kids get to have more fun and spend less time fundraising for camps and activities.”
Seguin said he and his fiancee are obsessed with Halloween.
“I don't think we'll ever stop,” he said.
Last year’s frightful feature raised more than $1,900 for the group.