The crowds turned out for a spooktacular evening of screams and smiles at the 30th annual Halloween haunted house and hayride held at Camp Jefferson. The camp grounds were transformed into the frightful “Night of the Scarecrow” – where ghouls, scarecrows, clowns, and other terrifying beings prowled and scared unsuspecting and suspecting guests alike.

The Community Lodge was transformed into the house of horrors, with winding routes taking visitors through a variety of settings. Frights appeared around every corner and lurked in the dark. The tour continued out of the lodge, through a spinning tunnel, and into a maze – where more scarecrows kept the terror going. The light at the end of the cornstalks brought some relief, as safety appeared near.

But then there was the haunted hayride! Each wagon had some surprise guests onboard as it traveled through the grounds of Camp Jefferson, passing many ghoulish and gory scenes.

MaMa had cooked up pies and treats to feed the crowds, and DJ Earl spun his best monster mixes to keep the atmosphere both spooky and funky.

The frightfully fun Night of the Scarecrow was open on Saturday and Sunday, offering non-scary early shows and scary evening shows. Planning takes months, but the event itself is set up in three and a half days. Following the final scare on Sunday night, the props are dismantled and the camp returns to its serene self.

Colleen Orlando, event director, said that the Halloween happening is a great opportunity for kids to come out and express themselves in a healthy, creative, and fun way. The event, produced by the Jefferson Recreation Department, is a 100% volunteer operation. Helpers range from high schoolers to adults. Members of the Jefferson police, fire, and EMT departments are also on site to keep a watchful eye.

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