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The Haunted Woods Walk: A Halloween scare for a good cause

Saturday's scary walk through the woods just outside Guelph will raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters

Cynthia Waldow has always loved Halloween.

"I always used to like going to that haunted house on Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls. It was there forever and cost way too much money, but it scared the crap out of you," says Waldow. "I like that and I want to do that for other people."

It used to be at a house in Guelph.

"I think scaring people at Halloween is wonderful," said Waldow. "When we used to live in Guelph we added something every year and had sounds outside. It was a scary spooky place."

When she, her husband Mike Bonneveld and their two children moved to a 40-acre farm between Guelph and Fergus, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities for Halloween fun.

On Saturday Waldow will host The Haunted Woods Walk on woods located on the property. Visitors will walk through a trail full of scary things, noises and people.

Snacks and drinks follow in the barn.

In addition to hopefully scaring the heck out of people, it will be used as a fundraiser for Centre Wellington Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Every dollar raised goes to the organization.

Waldow said it will be a traditional Halloween scare.

"Our plan is it not to be gore. There's no chain saws or zombies, it's about being haunted. Just spooky stuff where you're wondering what's next," Waldow said.

"We've suggested that little kids come earlier, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. when it's not quite as dark, plus the people in there doing the scaring won't be quite as scary for them," she said.

Naturally, there has been plenty of volunteer help on the project, both in setting it up and donating items for the forest.

Waldow said there will be 20 people in the woods helping pull it off.

There is a path through the woods and there will be tea lights along the way. People will be led through in small groups.

"It's far more scary than being together," Waldow said with a laugh. "It's scary enough without anything being in those woods."

This is the first time she's held such an event at the farm. She hopes to hold more in the future, along with other charity events.

"I would hope this is the first of at least 20 years of Halloween Walks," she said. "Hopefully, if it goes well, in the future we'll do it on multiple nights."

For more info go to the event's Facebook page or contact the organizers at 519-400-4599 or via email at

WHAT: Hauted Woods Walk
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 29.
TIME: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
RAIN DATE: Sunday, Oct. 30.
WHERE: 7679 6th Line, Ennotville. (Turn left at the Ennotville garage if heading towards Fergus)
COST: $30 for a family of 4. Adults $12, youth, students and seniors $7, children $2. All proceeds to Centre Wellington Big Brothers and Big Sisters.