Haunted Forest kicks off 32nd annual season of horror Friday night in Jonesborough

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 26, 2019 at 10:01 PM

The Hales Community Ruritan is locked and loaded for its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Back for its 32nd annual run, the Hales Community Haunted Forest will kick off another terrifying season Friday night at sundown.

Staged this year as "Al Capone's Bloodbath Forest,” the hauntings will continue every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 2, and the last two Thursdays in October.

The haunting hours are 7:30 p.m. until midnight. Side attractions this year include a haunted maze, zombie laser tag and a haunted escape room that will give guests 20 minutes to find the hidden clues needed to make their escape or face a shocking surprise to run them out.

Forest Manager Robb Phillips also promised that somewhere in the attractions, this year’s Haunted Forest visitors will come face to face with an apparition.

Admission is $10 for the first attraction, $5 for any additional attraction or $25 for all four attractions.

As in past years, concessions will be available in the 1800s schoolhouse located on the Ruritan Club property at 152 Hales Road, just off Boones Creek Road one mile east of Jonesobough.

All proceeds will go to community needs, including Christmas gifts, school supplies and clothing for low-income children and food and utility assistance for families in crisis. For the good of the community, Phillips invited everyone brave enough to come to the forest and “get your scare on.”

October is only a few days away and there’s a national “sole-warming movement” afoot.

Socktober, a month-long sock drive for people in need in communities across the country, kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 1, and will continue through Sunday, Oct. 27.

Everyone is invited to participate and all that’s needed is a new pair of socks to give. Local collection sites include the Summit Leadership office at 3104 Hanover Road in Johnson City, and the Changes Medical Spa and Laser Center at 106 Pinnacle Drive in Boones Creek.

For those who wish to do more, Socktober collection barrels may be obtained by contating Katy Keen, director of the nonprofit Seasons of Hope organization, at 423-724-7398 or seasonsofhopetn@pb07.wixshoutout.com.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, slegg@johnsoncitypress.com or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.