It is a pretty sure thing that the Haunted Forest held at Glen Oaks Community College will be back in 2012. The spooky, fun-filled community event that included a barn full of games and prizes proved very successful this year. At least 1400 people took part in the free community event, according to faculty, staff, students and community volunteers who directed the project. Because Thursday, October 20 was a wash out due to cold, rainy weather, most of the visitors to the Haunted Forest trail and barn came on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. Visitors were asked to bring a donation of canned food to help support area food cupboards.
Bill Furr, Professor of Business, said, “Our first attempt at a Haunted Forest and Barn was a huge success! All the student club advisors agree that the success was due to 95 percent student work and five percent advisor help. A tremendous amount of hours were spent putting this together and running it. Many people deserve thanks for donating cakes and cookies for the cake walk and counting all the donated canned food for the food banks.”
Jeff Hucko, Instructor of Biology, said the Haunted Forest “surpassed all expectations. The students pulled it off and did an incredible job.” Hucko said guests donated hundreds of pounds in non-perishable food items. Student organizations and clubs have delivered them to local food banks. “Several students really stepped up and spent over 100 hours each getting the Haunted Forest ready. Many others put in what time they could spare to make sure it was a great event,” said Hucko.