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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Tree Farm Massacre a local Halloween destination

  • If you like to be scared, if you're a fan of horror movies, you will want to take a walk down the "Tree Farm Massacre: A Louisiana Horror Trail not for the Faint at Heart."
    This annual event in Leesville will open on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) beginning Sept. 27, and continue through Nov. 2.
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  • If you like to be scared, if you're a fan of horror movies, you will want to take a walk down the "Tree Farm Massacre: A Louisiana Horror Trail not for the Faint at Heart." This annual event in Leesville will open on weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) beginning Sept. 27, and continue through Nov. 2. The trail, nearly a mile long, will be also be open the week of Halloween. It usually takes about 30-45 minutes to walk through. This is the fourth year for the Tree Farm Massacre, and displays are added annually so it's never the same. Vernon and Bobbie Tyson open their farm to the public in the fall. During the year, the family watches tons of horror movies to get ideas to add to the fun for visitors. "We are adding more attractions this year, and the maze is bigger," said Bobbie Tyson. This year about 30 employees will be working the wooded trail in costume. The Tysons provide costumes, but some employees enjoy creating their own. It takes about four months to set up the trail, which features a graveyard, abandoned school bus, staged areas, and costumed creatures that come out of the woods when least expected. Work will continue on the trail up until opening night. Halloween fans travel far and wide for the trip to Leesville, and a few fans came every weekend last year. Many Halloween fans spend their vacations visiting haunted houses and attractions. Last year, visitors to Fort Polk came to the Trail from Germany and the Netherlands. The Tysons build the trail themselves, with help from family and friends. When they are not scaring folks in the woods, they run VTI Auto Sales in Leesville. Autumn begins on Sunday, Sept. 22, and the weather should be cooling down soon to get everyone in a Halloween mood. The concessions stand will sell cold drinks, candy, tickets, and T-shirts. Each year the design on the shirts are different. The entrance is $15 per person, and children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Tree Farm Massacre is open from 6:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday through Nov. 2, including Oct. 28-31 for Halloween, and special a black out walk on Oct. 4-5, Oct. 31, and Nov. 1-2. Tree Farm Massacre is located at 458 Tree Farm Rd. in Leesville. From U.S. 171, take LA 8 (Nolan Trace Parkway), go 6.3 miles, turn right onto Camp Baker Road, go 4.1 miles, and the farm is on the right. There are signs along the way, and the concession stand is in the parking lot, near the entrance. Security will be on duty. No drugs, alcohol, or weapons allowed. For more info call (337) 378-8726. Visit www.treefarmmassacre.com, or Facebook.

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