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Ghouls, ghosts to invade Camp Guyasuta in Sharpsburg

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Camp Guyasuta ranger Mike Danilher, left, along with scout leader Jeff Horneman begin the process with over 200 volunteers to decorate the entire camp grounds for the upcoming Halloween event.

Anyone with nerves of steel can tangle with zombies and other creatures of the night at O'Hara's Camp Guyasuta on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Mummies and screeching ghouls will inhabit makeshift grave sites for one night only, from 3 to 9 p.m.

“Haunted Guyasuta,” off 23rd Street in Sharpsburg, will feature a hayride, games and pumpkin patch for anyone looking to skirt the scare factor. Tickets cost $10 each.

“It gives people a chance to come up and enjoy our camp,” Ranger Mike Daniher said. “It's family-friendly fun.”

The 175-acre site owned by the Boy Scouts of America offers a perfect setting for a haunted hideaway.

Nestled just a block from the main commercial district of Sharpsburg, the camp quickly camouflages any signs of city life.

A gravel path leads into heavily wooded property where there is a half-mile nature trail, babbling stream, campfire area and cabins.

In any direction, ghouls and ghosts could be hiding behind trees and in piles of leaves, Daniher said.

Troops have been working on creative ways to work up a good scare.

“They've made about eight different scenes for people to walk through,” Daniher said. “As they make their way along the trail, they'll go through zombie parties and graveyards.”

In its fourth year, the Halloween gig has attracted a frightening number of people. From just about 1,000 the first year, it lured 1,500 in 2012.

“So many people have come to camp, whether with Scouts or not, and this gives them a different way to enjoy it,” Daniher said.

The thrills won't all be terrifying, he promised.

From 3 to 6 p.m., young children and the faint of heart can enjoy a hayride, games, a 600-foot zip line, pumpkin patch and a bonfire.

“During that period, it will be no-scare. They can walk through and enjoy the camp in its fall beauty,” Daniher said.

“It's just a big family-friendly activity.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. however, Daniher warned, “Watch out!”

For more information, call 412-782-2669.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, or tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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