Central Manitoulin Lions haunted trail a ‘spooktacular’ event

A look of terror. Young Gabriel was already wide-eyed with anticipation and maybe a little fright as well as he got ready to take to the haunted trails this past Saturday evening in Mindemoya.

MINDEMOYA – It was certainly scary for all the children and adults that visited the haunted trail in Mindemoya this past Saturday and it proved to be a highly successful event as well.

The Central Manitoulin Lions Club held its Night of the Living Dead haunted trail on the Pioneer Museum property. The place was adorned with all kinds of scary things around, like a very scary cemetery with headstones (in some cases with just heads—no bodies in place), and tons of zombies chasing visitors away from their “bloody” feast at various locations, along with ghosts and goblins.  

“In total we had 117 people go through the trail,” said Marcus Mohr, secretary of the Central Manitoulin Lions Club. “To follow COVID-19 protocols we had no more than 20 people go through the trail every half hour (they could go through in groups of say two, five and seven at a time). We wanted to make sure we were well within the gathering limits of 100.”
Lion Marcus pointed out that 20 volunteers helped play the role of zombies and other characters on the haunted trail. “We usually have 30 or more; there were lower numbers probably due to COVID.” 

Lion Marcus stressed the Lions’ appreciation for Ted Taylor and the Pioneer Museum for allowing the Lions to use their property for the haunted trails this year.

There was a $5 admission to go on the trail, and along with that about $90 in donations was collected by Lions Ruth Frawley and Janice Abbott, who worked at the trail entranceway. Everyone who took part had to fill in contact tracing forms and everyone wore a face covering. 

“We are looking at having an alien theme for next year’s haunted trail,” added Lion Marcus.