FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - For the past 25 years the North Forrest Volunteer Fire Department has been turning fears into much needed cash for the department.
When Halloween rolls around, members of the department and community bring the Haunted Forest to life, all in efforts to raise money for a good cause.
"Well this is our 26th year, and we raise funds to help us protect the North Forrest community, the money goes towards equipment, trucks, repairs, whatever we have to do to all our equipment to get it running right and keep it in service," said North Forrest Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Billy Hoggard.
The Haunted Forest is located just behind the North Forrest Volunteer fire station; winding its way through the woods with hidden mazes, strobe lights, cabins and a few surprise guests along the way.
"I'm scared of the clowns, the chainsaws, the snakes. I'm scared of everything," said Zameril Hollingsworth.
Zak Johnson said the one thing he wasn't looking forward to was the clowns.
Whether its clowns, ghosts or goblins or crazy butchers, there's something for everyone. The money even makes its way back to the North Forrest Community in the form of a scholarship.
"It helps towards a scholarship fund that we give out to a select student each year," Hoggard said. "As far as it goes with the Haunted Forest, we buy costumes, equipment, and the equipment that is needed to keep it up, all the wood the chains stuff like that."
The department also uses it for a variety of things in the department to keep moral up, along with including the community in their volunteer efforts.
The Haunted Forrest is located at 2315 Glendale Avenue and they will be open October 28, 29, and on Halloween.
"It's one of those things we don't just close at a set time, we are open until the last scream," Hoggard said.