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Haunted Forest takes a break

Observer file photo Actors wait to greet Haunted Forest visitors during a previous event, two of the hundreds of volunteers who act, decorate and carve pumpkins. The Haunted Forest is suspended this year as the event’s board reevaluates it.
Observer file photo
Actors wait to greet Haunted Forest visitors during a previous event, two of the hundreds of volunteers who act, decorate and carve pumpkins. The Haunted Forest is suspended this year as the event’s board reevaluates it.

Observer staff report

After nearly 35 years of spooky thrills and chills, the Haunted Forest is taking a break so organizers can reevaluate the event.

The production has been held at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center for the last 15 years. The board decided to suspend the Haunted Forest this year to work on the organizational structure of the event, working to make it easier to produce and better for visitors.

“This was not an easy decision for us to make,” a post on the website reads. “The board felt…it was time to take a step back and do a thorough review of the ‘Creature’ to make future events the best they can be for everyone involved.”

Each October, more than 400 volunteers—actors, costume designers, pumpkin carvers, technical crew and more—put in hours of work to transform the trails at Catamount into the largest outdoor theater production in the state.

The Haunted Forest board invited locals to provide their comments and ideas. For more information, visit www.thehauntedforest.org