- Last Updated on 08:13 AM 10/23/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
For the past 30 years, members of Triangle Volunteer Fire Department have been scaring the bejesus out of the community in an effort to raise much-needed funds for their year-round firefighting efforts.
“It’s that time of the year again,” said Triangle VFD Chief Rodney Francisco. “Not only are the leaves falling, but it’s time for the ‘ghosts and goblins’ to reappear on the Hal-O-Scream Trail at 2045 Ellis Creek Road in Nathalie.”
Triangle Volunteer Fire Department members once again are putting on their “cloak and dagger” costumes in order to delight haunted trail goers and give them the excitement they desire.
“Our 32-member fire department knows how to make you scream,” Francisco said.
They have been doing their Hal-O-Scream event for 30 years and come up with different ways to scare the socks off visitors each year. And this year is no different.
According to the fire chief, “When you arrive at the J. O. Crews Farm at 2045 Ellis Creek Road in Nathalie, you will first see the concession stand and the huge billboard of sponsors.
“If you dare, you can enjoy food that will be sure to tickle your innards as it is hot, fresh and cooked on site. Order hot dogs, cheeseburgers or the famous Halifax County born bologna burgers with all the fixings prior to entering the Hal-O-Scream Trail,” Francisco said.
Or those visiting the haunted trail can enjoy their food and beverages following the haunted trail experience.
On site, haunted trail participants can enjoy Wanda’s notorious fresh-made cinnamon buns or take some home to enjoy the next day.
“When you are ready to scream,” Francisco said look for signs where tickets can be purchased for the trail. Cost of tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-10 years and free for ages 5 years and under.
At the end of the Hal-O-Scream trail and in keeping with tradition, visitors will be given an old-fashioned hay ride back to where they started.
“Frequently, there are those who dare the experience again or others who return for another night of fun. As you walk through the Hal-O-Scream Trail, many surprises will be lurking just around each corner. You might not see them, but you can bet they will be watching you,” Francisco said.
Each year, much preparation and attention is given to this annual fundraising event for Triangle Volunteer Fire Department. It is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
Funds are always necessary for the department as members volunteer their time to serve an 82-square mile area with a population nearing 3,000.
Of the 32 members serving in the department, eight are EMS personnel including two highly trained paramedics.
Training is an ongoing requirement for all members who unselfishly devote many hours of service to the community, the fire chief said.
Francisco urges the community to support the fire department in this year’s fundraiser.
“We hope to see you, your family and friends come and enjoy this event and support Triangle Volunteer Fire Department at the same time,” he added.
Screaming hours are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m.
“We are looking forward to seeing you this week at 2045 Ellis Creek Road in Nathalie for food, fun, excitement and screams for the entire family. Your support is greatly appreciated,” Francisco said.
Directional signs will be posted along the way.
Hal-O-Scream is ready. But….the question is, are you ready?
For more information, call Francisco at 434-470-2455.