Halloween has always been one of Deloris (Eckel) Hickman’s favorite fall events. For a number of years during her children’s formative and younger years, Hickman collected Halloween items as a means to have a hauntingly good time for Halloween.
“As the kids got older, they would dress up and scare others. Now they help out from time to time,” Hickman said with a laugh.
For more than a decade, a nearly quarter-mile trail that boarders the lake near her home on just west of SR 44 West on Flatrock River Road has been decorated to provide a scary good time. Cost for the event is very reasonable at $5 and visitors can take as much time as they wish walking the trail at their own pace.
Hickman, makes no money from the Haunted Trails. As a matter of fact, in recent years she has opened the trail to groups and organizations as a means to generate monies for their organization.
According to Hickman, it takes roughly 12 kids or adults to work the event and all she asks in return is that the individual group promotes it as well. She added that she has all of the necessary costumes that are worn and used for the haunting event. She added some of the groups come really prepared by bring hot chocolate and apple cider for those that attend.
“A couple of years ago the middle school (BRMS) worked the event to generate monies for their spring trip. They really promoted it and made about $1,000. I’m just glad I can help and give back to the community,” Hickman said.
Each year Hickman adds new items and ideas to the haunt. This year is no exception. She said it takes three to four weeks to set up and she has a lot of fun doing it.
“If we can get enough volunteers or groups interested in this, I would like to expand and be open Friday and Saturday nights in the future,” she added.
This years Haunted Trail has two more evening of operation. It will be open at 7 p.m. tomorrow and again Oct. 26.
Hickman said she currently is seeking groups of organizations to be a part of the 2020 month long Halloween event. Interested parties can contact Hickman at (765) 561-2596. Also anyone with Halloween items no longer wanted or those in a position to make a financial donation as a means to expand the event are asked contact Hickman as well.