Hawfields Haunted Forest big on frights and community

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent 

MEBANE — If you’re looking for a place to truly experience the Halloween spirit, then the Hawfields Haunted Forest is the place to be. Not only will you get a terrifying experience from the numerous unique rooms of the haunt, you will be supporting the community, too.
The Hawfields Haunted Forest, at 2115 Hwy. 119 South, is organized by the Hawfields Civitans Club, a group committed to helping the community. The members of the group work hard every year to create a haunt that is not only impressive and creatively put together, but also a haunting experience.
This is Chris Fowler’s sixth year being a part of the Hawfields Civitans Club, and fourth year serving as co-chair for the haunt. The co-chairs manage the budget, schedule dates and work alongside the Junior Civitans to get the haunted forest ready for visitors. After being invited to help out one year, Fowler now plays a big role in the walk-through of the house as well as playing multiple roles all over.
“After working with the other Civitan members, we loved the friends and family that we made with the group,” Fowler said, reflecting on the first time they served. “Learning of the many ways we could help serve the community was amazing. The haunt is an awesome experience for both the audience and everyone involved. I love watching the people walk through the forest not knowing what to expect next.”
Danielle Eldred is a senior at Alamance Community College’s Early College and has been a Junior Civitan for seven years.
“My favorite part is being a community-based club where our ideas are heard,” she said. “I love helping organize a large event that I know people of our communities will enjoy. The members of the Civitans Club have put in countless hours and have incorporated new and even more exciting things into the haunt this year. I honestly believe this will be the best year so far.”

The 47th annual Hawfields Haunted Forest will be Oct. 18-19; and Oct. 25-26 and 30-31. Hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Cost is $10. The Hawfields Civitans’ No Scare is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 and Oct. 26; cost is $2. Both events are fundraisers for the Hawfields Civitan Club. For more details, visit Hawfields Civitans Haunted Forest on Facebook.

Nancy Drago is a senior at Chapel Hill High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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