By Katie Krull
The Haunted Forest is an annual tradition of screams and scares that the Saint Mary’s University softball team organizes in an effort to fundraise for their spring trip.
Located between the Saint Mary’s softball and baseball fields, the attraction
is open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Oct. 25, 26, 30, and 31. Admission for students and children under age 12 is $4, and adults are $5. In the past few weeks, the softball team has laid down their bats and gloves and picked up tools to craft a haunted walk full of tricks and spooks through the bluffs.
Throughout this process, the team works in a whole new setting off the field and into a whole new aspect of teamwork. Together, the team has not only thought of each station, but created it. All ideas, costumes, and props are created by the team’s collaborative thoughts and effort.
Each player has a role to fill in the preparation and execution of this event. Sophomore softball player Mariah Harper says “It’s fun to work together to do something that is exciting when fundraising for the team.”
This event is one of the two major fundraisers the softball team will do to prepare for their spring trip, which will be to Florida this year. Over the break, the team will play a total of nine games to launch into their
Besides supporting Cardinal softball, the Haunted Forrest has been a tradition on campus that many students and community members partake in. Sophomore Jessica Ainley describes the Haunted Forest as being, “A part of Halloween, even if you don’t like getting scared it’s in the spirit of the season.”
Softball captain Alex Raske encourages people to visit the Haunted Forest and join the spirit of Halloween. “The Haunted Forest doesn’t take a lot of time out of your schedule,” she said, “it is fun to do during
a study break, and is supporting the softball team along with getting in a good scare."