The Haunted Forest prepares for a new fright

Davis Cobb, Correspondent

STATESBORO — With Halloween fast approaching, the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County is partnering with The Clubhouse for another year of  The Haunted Forest. Though while COVID-19 has not halted its arrival, regulations are being added to the festivities to ensure the virus does not ruin them.

“With Corona, there are a bunch of new rules,” said Jenn Morriss, the Marketing Director for the Boys and Girls Club. “Masks are required for all patrons, and of course, the cast; we’re doing temperature checks at the door, and no one can be within six feet–like no cast member can be within six feet of a patron.”

Morriss also reported that waiting lines would be altered to maintain social distancing as well, with markers split by six feet to indicate where guests should stand to remain a safe distance from one another.

Sponsored by Willingway, a local addiction treatment center, for over ten years–who also provides the event with volunteers and setup assistance–The Haunted Forest has been an annual part of Statesboro’s Halloween celebration since the 1970s. The Boys and Girls Club have also organized the event for around ten years, though The Clubhouse has only collaborated with them for six; before, the event was held at Georgia Southern University.

The Haunted Forest will take place during the last week of October, starting October 24, and will begin every night at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Clubhouse, though will be available outside of the building. All proceeds will go to the local Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County.