What started out as an attempt to add some festivity to the Halloween season has become a full-on tradition within Leesville, one that even extends far outside the city limits.

“I love Halloween, I always have,” said Bobby Joe Tyson, the organizer for the event and owner of the property on Tree Farm Road. She opened up on how the event came together as well as the long planning process that comes about every year.

“Everyone does something for Christmas, with lights and ornaments and everything, but no one really does anything for Halloween. I told my husband we should do something for Halloween, make a trail for people. Not two weeks later, we were open and people were coming out.

It started out small, but every year we keep growing and we get more and more people, it’s incredible.” Tyson shared.

With 72 employees working around the clock for the past three months, the Tree Farm Massacre is prepared for a large turnout this Halloween season.

The trail opened this year on Friday, September 28, and will continue as an attraction every weekend in October.

The course sees regular attendance from the citizens of Leesville, but its reach has extended well beyond the city, garnering attendants from New Orleans, Texas and even Mississippi.

The usual trail walk is available for attendees, along with a Clown House attraction and a Tree Farm Zombie Terrorist Invasion paintball course.

Pricing for each is as shown below:

Trail: $15

Clown House: $10

Tree Farm Zombie Terrorist Invasion: $20

All 3 attractions: $40

The next Massacre starts tonight, from 7 p.m. to midnight. For future ticket purchases and schedule inquiries, visit the Tree Farm Massacre Facebook Page, or contact them at (337) 378-8726. You can also visit their website at www.treeframmassacre.com.