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Letters | A story from the trail
For the last three years, close to Halloween, several volunteers come together to produce a fundraiser which benefits the Mount Si Food Bank. It is a walking play with several scenes staged along a dark trail through the wilderness area behind the police station on Snoqualmie Ridge. It stays true to the Halloween theme with mummies, creatures of the night, zombies, et cetera. We batch groups of ten or twelve, spacing them so each group will come on each scene after the preceding group has gone on down the trail.
I was in a position where I could see when the previous group moved on to the next scene.
To kill time, and trying to make things as scary as possible, I would give a speech saying it was very important to stay close together, because some of the night creatures might hide behind a tree and snatch a straggler. I asked that they not shine flashlights or take pictures with a flash camera because it really irritated the mummies, and please turn off the cell phones, because the zombies tried to eat cameras and cell phones and sometimes even the hand that held them. I suggested that if anyone saw fingers, ears or noses on the trail, to please leave them be because the zombies might think they were stealing them and they would get extremely upset! I felt I was doing O.K. instilling fear.
I have a full white beard and a large girth. Children often think I might be Santa Claus.
One group came up and formed a semicircle in front of me and one young lad came right up and stood close in front of me and patiently waited until I finished my scary spiel. Then he politely told me he wanted a new bicycle for Christmas. His parents, along with everyone else, including me, cracked up. I surely hope he gets it!
If you can help either as a volunteer or sponsor of this annual fun event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425) 466-6158.