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Camp Guyasuta transforming to spook visitors as Halloween event approaches

| Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, 9:30 p.m.

Haunted Guyasuta promises to be a boo-tiful time, especially if reservations are made early.

The Halloween event at Camp Guyasuta on Oct. 20 will have all sorts of thrills and chills — both traditional and high tech.

Ghosts and goblins take over the Boy Scout camp on that Saturday.

Troops from the area will set up graveyards with screaming zombies and bridges with drooling trolls.

Mike Daniher, Camp Guyasuta ranger, said “zillions of zombies” are expected because so many movies have starred the creepy ex-people.

The event kicks off with a geared-down version for children from 3 to 6 p.m.

After the sun goes down until 9 p.m., the hauntings heat up as volunteers don their costumes and vamp up their acts.

As darkness takes over, the haunted scenes will be staffed by assorted ghouls trying to terrify visitors.

Hayrides will cart visitors from the parking lot into the valley.

There will be food stands selling fall favorites.

Each participant also gets to choose a pumpkin.

A bonfire will wrap up the night.

While Halloween hauntings get top billing, the Boy Scout camp provides X-Game style thrills, too.

The camp's the ropes course, which includes a zip line and climbing wall, will be open for those 12 years old and older.

The cost is $10; however, the price will be cut in half to $5 if people register by Friday, Oct. 5. Wristbands will be mailed to those who register early enough.

To register, visit the website www.doubleknot.com/event/1228820

For the past two years, Haunted Guyasuta has been open to Boy Scouts and their families. Thousands got to party, but the camp opens up to the community this year.

Guyasuta's 167 acres are in O'Hara and can be accessed by 23rd Street Extension in Sharpsburg.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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