The Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office is about to get spooky.
The CCSO will host Deadwood Trail – a Haunted Forest Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. at 8367 Sperryville Pike.
The spirited event will be hosted a fundraiser for the sheriff’s office annual Santa Cop program, which benefits underprivileged children and seniors in the community.
The haunted trail is located just a little more than a half mile past the iconic haunted house hosted by sheriff’s deputy Nate Jasper, which ceased to exist about 10 years ago. It was that spooky memory and the community’s need for a safe haunted house that led to the sheriff’s office deciding to host a haunted trail.
“That was a driving factor for it,” Deputy Mike Jenkins, project manager for the haunted trail said. “With Nate closing his up, it left that void, that opportunity. Losing the State Theatre, we lost our big fundraiser. Everything fell into place and we said let’s give this a try.”
The haunted trail was a concept Jenkins and his wife always wanted to try, but never had the venue for. At the end of last year, they purchased the property that is being used for the haunted trail and then about a month ago began setting up for the event.
Jenkins said with the CCSO running the haunted trail, visitors can feel safe while still expecting a scare. While it can be family friendly, Jenkins said that younger family members may find it too frightening. He recommended ages 12 and up for the haunted trail.
“We’re intending it to be scary,” Jenkins said. “By family friendly, we mean everyone can come out and not have any concerns.”
The trip starts with a trip through a dilapidated barn, which empties into start of the trail that includes 10 stations of horror.
“We’ve done a little bit of renovating, we received quite a few donations from local businesses,” Jenkins said. “We originally were just going to do a haunted trail, but with the barn being here we figured we might as well utilize it.”
Approximately 20 actors from the sheriff’s office will be on hand to scare guests and Jenkins said that it has been one of the biggest responses when it comes to volunteers stepping up.
“I think year we’ve had the biggest response for volunteers than we’ve ever had,” Deputy Bernie Feaganes said.
On a recent Monday, volunteers worked at spreading mulch outside the barn and preparing the grounds for the coming weekend. Feaganes said there’s always an excitement when it comes to helping raise funds for the Santa Cop program, which helps about 100 children a year and about 30 seniors a year enjoy the Christmas season.
On Oct. 21, Tim Smith, Tickle and Tim’s son JT from Moonshiners will be making an appearance. Funnel cakes, kettle corn and Buffalo Wild Wings will be on hand nightly and the Salem Volunteer Fire Department will also be assisting.
Ticket sales will begin nightly at 6:30 p.m. and doors will open (with a creak) at 7 p.m.
Want to go?
What: Deadwood Trail Haunted Forest
When: Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28
Where: 8367 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper
Why: Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office fundraiser for the annual Santa Cop Program