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Snoqualmie Ridge’s ‘Dark Trail’ is back, with kids aiming to chill your blood—for a good cause

Snoqualmie’s Night on a Dark Trail participants work on their werewolf moves. Pictured are Rachel Lang, Kat Kangas, Leia Nedblack, Max Haverfield, Jacob Hoskins, Rebekah Lang, Brendan Richardson, Gillian Nedblake, Ericka Michaelson, Josh Bennett and Gunnar Martz. ‘Dark Trail’ returns October 18 and 19. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Snoqualmie’s Night on a Dark Trail participants work on their werewolf moves. Pictured are Rachel Lang, Kat Kangas, Leia Nedblack, Max Haverfield, Jacob Hoskins, Rebekah Lang, Brendan Richardson, Gillian Nedblake, Ericka Michaelson, Josh Bennett and Gunnar Martz. ‘Dark Trail’ returns October 18 and 19.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

“Kat, give him your howl!” says Mark Hennig.

So 12-year-old Kat Kangas lets loose with a 15-second, warbling cry. A would-be teenage werewolf, Kat should be pretty effective at grabbing attention this weekend in the third annual ‘Night on a Dark Trail’ benefit thriller.

“Sometimes I go on Youtube and look up the sounds of wolves howling,” said Kat. She’s ready to scare somebody at the event.

“At first, I wanted to be an ‘evil doll.’ That wasn’t available,” she said. “Werewolves seemed like the best option.”

This family event moves to a new date and almost-new location, but still draws on a big group of volunteers aiming to creep you out.

No macabre undertaking is without unexpected difficulties. Dark Trail is normally held the weekend before Halloween, but an unexpected date for Homecoming at Mount Si High School took that slot. With dozens of teens involved, the event had to move. The start location also had to budge a block, because the Trailside Building on Snoqualmie Ridge was occupied.

“We weren’t supposed to have these problems,” said founding organizer Mark Hennig. “We’ve been able to work around them.” The new site, at the Puget Sound Energy building in the Ridge business park, is better. The trail here is spookier, assures Hennig.

Hennig’s trail vision encompasses eight different scenes, or performances. Students from Cascade Dance Academy, Big Star Studios, IGNITE Dance and Yoga and DMW Martial Arts are all part of the weekend’s scenes.

“They’re going to be doing something special,” is all Hennig will say. “If I give everything away, nobody will come!”

Another ongoing tradition is the on-trail singing group.

This year, trail organizers hired a local man, Michael Matlock, to write “Cleopatra’s Lament,” about a saucy undead queen eager for some company to spend eternity with. She’s joined by a gang of backup mummies, some nasty, some nice.

“It’s something that’s a Snoqualmie Valley signature, as opposed to doing what everybody else is doing,” said Hennig.

• Park at the Puget Sound Energy building at 35413 SE Douglas St., Snoqualmie, and begin your spooky journey on the nearby trail. The walk is about a quarter-mile. Admission is $10, with proceeds going to the Mount Si Food Bank.

• Get more details at http://nightonadarktrail.weebly.com/

Leia Nedblake works on her howl during rehearsals for Night on a Dark Trail in North Bend.

 

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