Ballinger's Hallow Fest promises thrills and chills
Chances are, whatever your phobias are, they will be on display at Ballinger's Hallow Fest.
Hallow Fest is celebrating its 4th year and has gotten bigger and better each time. Last year they estimated that the event brought in approximately 1,000 visitors to the free haunted house. Even the rain couldn't impede those who stood in line to get their chance to wander through the scared-filled attraction at the Ballinger Community Center, "People just kept coming, and coming, and coming. It was incredible," says Ballinger Police Department corporal Suzanne Torres.
Torres ramrods Hallow Fest each year. No year is ever like the previous year, "We like to have a new theme each year." Much like a mummy, the theme this year is still under wraps.
It would be difficult to accurately describe an event that has grown so amazingly fast in popularity, from Abilene to San Angelo, to Brownwood. The Olde Park Hotel, considered one of the most haunted places in the United States, holds their HallowScream during the same time period. The two events combine to make Ballinger the center for paranormal party-goers.
This year Hallow Fest has expanded to two days, rather than just one. It will be held on Saturday, October 30, and Sunday, October 31st. Torres said that expanding it to two days was a necessity, "We had so many people last year that we didn't finish up when he had planned to. We planned on holding it from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., but there were so many people that we stayed well passed 9 p.m. In addition to volunteers setting everything up, we also have to tear everything down after we close on Halloween night. That can make for many hours of work that will last well beyond midnight and into the early morning hours."
There are jump-scares, scores of decorations, candy, creatures, and other features. Last year they had a haunted forest, complete with prowling werewolves that seemingly jumped out of thin air. There were witches and skeletons, as well as graves and vampires. The decorations ran the gamut form simple, to complex animatronics.
The organizations taking part in the fun include the Runnels County Sheriff Department, Ballinger Chamber of Commerce, Ballinger Police Department, high school clubs, as well as many more. Each group decorates their area to ensure that the visitors get a variety of thrills, chills, and scares.
There will also be a trunk-or-treat on 8th Street in downtown Ballinger. The trunk-or-treat will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Halloween. The event had been held at the Ballinger Community Center during Hallow Fest, but was brought back to 8th Street by popular demand. To appease the sweet tooth of those at Hallow Fest, there will be a Kandy Korral, the non-scary type, set up at the Community Center.
What to know: Haunted House has a different theme every year, free entry and of interested, we welcome anyone who would like to put in a jump scare inside the house! Actors are always needed so give us a shout!
Anyone can set up a free Trunk, Treat, Table, Booth and/or Game Stop in the non-scary section! This is inside the arena where kids can run around and enjoy indoor activities!
Free hotdog, chips and juice for ages 3-12, while supplies last! - Suzanne Torres