The Haunted Woods, which has become a Halloween tradition for residents in Williamsburg, has been causing screams and laughter at WJAA fields since 1985. This years marks the 25th hair raising event.
The fund-raiser is sponsored by the Williamsburg Junior Athletic Association. The funds are used to keep the athletic fields in good shape and provide equipment to the sports teams.
“The idea for this fund-raiser was actually the brainchild of the Lung family. We really can’t credit specific persons as being the ones who started the Haunted Woods at WJAA,” says Mayor Mary Ann Lefker.
"The officers and coaches got so excited and started brainstorming about the prospect of using the Lung family's idea as a fund-raiser for the ball fields," Mayor Lefker said. "We all thought it was such a cool thing to do and to have fun with."
"It's just really grown from there. It really took a lot of input and work by a lot of people including coaches, parents and community members, to build and add to it each year. It's just gotten bigger and better and I understand now that is the biggest fund-raiser they do for the entire year. I really want to express again that, from the beginning, 25 years ago, this was and still is a team effort."
According to Eric Luneack, a volunteer at the Haunted Woods, "Everyone here just does their own thing. The scene I helped work on, Circus of Carnage, is an improvement on the one we built last year."
Some of the scenes are improved on every year and some are new says Luneack. There is a competition for the best scene. Luneack said his team of clowns won second last year and Fear Factory won first.
"The winners get cash to put toward their scenes. We all bring in stuff to donate like skids and wood. We had to buy heavy black plastic this year."
Luneack also says everyone who is in a scene makes or buys their own costumes.
"It's a lot of fun we don't mind the hard work because it pays off when we can scare the daylights out of people," Luneack said.