HENDRICKS?- Today and Saturday kids in Hendricks will have an opportunity to visit the "Haunted Attic" in the school building and a "Haunted Forest" on the edge of town.
"It was (senior) Michael Ames' idea," said Hendricks School freshman Janessa Scotting. "The Haunted Attic is going to be mostly for little kids, preschool to fifth grade, since the Haunted Forest is going to be scarier. It's up the stairs in two rooms. We decided to have a graveyard and feature 'Death of the Cheerleaders.' The other room will have school desks and buckets full of grapes and spaghetti to look like eyeballs and body parts."
There will also be a story to go along with the gory scene, created by a sixth-grader, according to math teacher Sherri Rachel.
Photo by Steve Browne
Chain Man, a menacing figure who has been sighted for the past three years in Hendricks around Halloween, and the haunted combine may be seen from 7-9 p.m. today and Saturday at the “Haunted Forest” outside of town.
Kids will meet at the school and can visit the Haunted Attic for $1 and enjoy the concessions. But for $5, the stout of heart can take a bus to the Haunted Forest, also known as Kiwanis tree plot. The Haunted Attic will be from 6-8 p.m. today and Saturday and the Haunted Forest will be from 7-9 p.m. today at Saturday.
"At the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) we always try to come up with ideas for fundraising," said PTO chairwoman Sherri Johnson. "Last year we did a haunted corn maze. This year with the harvest being early there's no corn, so we decided to have a haunted forest."
Organizers were tight-lipped about what brave souls might find in the haunted forest, but Johnson said there would be body bags and a haunted combine. Some said there had been sightings of Chain Man, a horrific figure who has been seen in Hendricks in the past three years dragging chains down the streets at Halloween.
Some say Chain Man is Hendricks resident Jay Nelson, who would neither confirm nor deny the rumor, but did say kids talk about the sinister figure 365 days a year.
"It'll definitely be scary," Johnson said. "I can guarantee it'll be more scary than the corn maze."