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Scary fundraiser aids schoolhouse
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Forsyth County News

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Hours for the Trail of Terror are 7 to 11 p.m every Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 31 at the Old Sharon Schoolhouse, 3604 Old Atlanta Road. Visitors must be in line by 11 p.m. Cost is $13 per ticket, but a $3 coupon can be printed from the event’s Web site, Fifty cents from each $3 coupon goes to Lambert High School’s drama club. Cost for the Twilight Trail is $5 and includes hot cider and a trick or treating event.

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The wood isn’t the only thing that can be petrified at the Old Sharon Schoolhouse. The facility will transform today into the Trail of Terror, offering thrills and chills to anyone brave enough to enter.

“It looks like it’s going to be really scary,” Laura Frends said. “It’s a rocky road and there’s definitely a lot of growth around the house, so it makes for a perfect haunted trail.”

Frends is holding the fundraiser, which runs every Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 31, to benefit the Arts Center at Sharon Schoolhouse, formerly called the Serenity Arts Center.

The trail is the first of what Frends hopes will be many community events at the site. Eventually, the building could house gallery space for local artists, a performing arts stage, dance classes and crafts room.

But first, Frends said, the building needs some costly renovations.

“All money raised will go to renovating,” she said, adding that 100 percent of the event’s cost has been donated.

The haunted trail will be manned primarily by Lambert High School’s drama club and 50 cents from every coupon collected, which will give patrons $3 off, goes toward the group.

Heather Rose, the property’s listing agent, is also president of the drama booster club. She took the idea to the students, who were excited.

“They’re having a blast,” she said. “It gets kids involved, which we feel is important, especially since this is going toward the community arts center. And it also gives them responsibilities that we all face when trying to raise money.”

Rose’s daughter, Hannah, is president of the drama club. She said the club’s Facebook group has kept everyone updated on the event.

“I can’t wait to get all ... dressed up,” she said. “It’s good for our community ... and it’s horror, so we’re really excited. We’ve been there every weekend trying to get stuff ready.”

The trail will also feature a professional crew led by Lisa and Randy Phillips. The couple, known for their work at Netherworld in Atlanta, have managed semiprofessional haunted houses for about a decade.

“We’re going to have some of our veteran actors out there to work with them and to show them how to do the scares and how to get the timing of it down, and I think it’s going to be great and it’s for a wonderful cause,” Lisa Phillips said.

“We’re currently coming up with the story to be told in the beginning, because you want to give them some kind of story of what it is that they’re walking through to create that ambiance.”

Frends said the trail is recommended for children 10 and older, though there will be a Twilight Trail from 5 to 7 p.m. for younger children.

“It won’t be scary,” she said. “And we’ll have some trick or treating for the younger kids.”

Lisa Phillips said for those prepared to be scared, the Trail of Terror will have wicked scarecrows, a zombie shack and a lot of “scary crazies that run around.”  

“The graveyard scene is one of my favorites right now,” she said. “The house is pretty good and we’ve got a maze built close to the end.

“But this year, my heart is kind of in the graveyard and the things we’re doing there. It’s going to be fun.”