Local haunted trail still free, open to public

WALKERTON — Siblings Patrick Luther and Jessica Beam are gearing up for the second year of “The Walk of Nightmares” a haunted trail that they’ve spent years developing.
“The haunted trail started as a Halloween party we threw annually,” said Luther. “Eventually people just came to go on the trail.”
Luther and Beam decided to open the trail to the public last year. There’s no cost to attend, but Luther hopes that the trail will create awareness of his fledgling company, Room 47 Productions.
About 20 people volunteer to set up the trail, which includes some staple characters and the main character — “The Dark Master.”
“The Dark Master returns every year and when he comes back, all of these things come with him and infect these woods,” said Luther. “We avoid the use of animatronics and our actors change their routine from one group to another.”
Beam added, “Nothing is predictable — the actors work hard to make sure people don’t know what’s coming.”
The haunted trail experience takes about 15 to 20 minutes, although wait time varies depending on numbers of people. This year, the Room 47 crew plans to offer some concessions including hot drinks.
“We’ve started to experiment with a more reliable power source (this year), and our lighting, sound, and makeup has also improved,” said Luther.
The haunted trail is located at 3738 Tamarack Road in Walkerton. It will be open from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. two days only, Oct. 26 and 27.
For more information, visit www.room47productions.com