Trick or Treat and Frightmare Haunted Trail open Saturday

All area children are invited to the 301 Center on Cottrell Street, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, for trick or treat. The Frightmare Haunted Trail will be open right next to the 301 Center, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., as well,
Staff Writer

Rosie and Marcell Hill Jr., of Olive Branch, own the 301 Center on Cottrell Street. The couple bought the building almost two years ago and have been successful in renting it for baby showers and birthday parties. The couple wanted to say thank you to the West Point community for its support.

"We are really looking forward to Saturday night," Rosie Hill said. "We had about 60 people do the Frightmare Haunted Trail the past Saturday. There will be more going on this Saturday at the trail. The Trick or Treat for kids up to age 12 is a free event. To brave the Frightmare Haunted Trail is $7."

Hill said some volunteers from the Mississippi University for Women are lending their time and talents to make the Frightmare Haunted Trail a fun, scary event.

"We've bought a lot of candy for the kids," Hill said. "We'll have some crafts and things for them to do. Our volunteers are decorating the building. We are hoping to have a lot of children come out. They don't have to be in costume, but if they want dress up in Halloween costumes, we'd love to see them."

She said she wouldn't recommend the Haunted Trail for children ages four and under. Hill said there is some light on the trail but not everything is well lit. It will be scary.

"Last Saturday a six year old went on the trail with his family," Hill said. "He did get scared, but he also wanted to go through it again a little later. It's all very family oriented."

She said most of the people who went on the Haunted Trail last weekend, were older teens and college age young adults. She said there were a few adults in their 40s but not many.

"We hope to have a much bigger crowd since this is the last opportunity to come," Hill said. "We were asked if we would be hosting the trail Halloween night. We won't be, we have family activities planned for Tuesday night at home. But we appreciate the support we've received already."

Hill said she and her husband are from Columbus originally. She said they had noticed the growth and expansions going on in West Point and had looked into buying property to rent.

"We own the 301 Center and several rental houses in West Point," Hill said. "You can't buy property to renovate in Columbus for a reasonable price. West Point had exactly what we were looking to invest in."

She said they often are in the Golden Triangle area and check on their properties. Since they are both from Columbus, the Golden Triangle is home.
"I've enjoyed working with Lisa Klutts from the Growth Alliance," Hill said. "Everyone in West Point has been extremely supportive of what we are doing. We just wanted to give a little back."
For more information about The Frightmare Haunted Trail or Trick or Treat, both going on Saturday night, call 662-420-7774.