Chills and thrills await at Trail of Terror
Noises, scares, gore featured at CornStalker’s
CornStalker’s Trail of Terror is set to bring a second season of scare to Southern Maryland on Friday and Saturday nights in October at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf.
The Halloween fright attraction is a presentation of Mechanicsville-based EBE Haunts LLC and owner Jimmy Guy. Event sponsors include Elite Beatz Entertainment LLC, Checkers in California, Md., AMC Theatres in Lexington Park, Papa John’s on Smallwood Drive in Waldorf and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
“As far as inside, it’s going to be a lot of loud noises, a lot of gore, a lot of unexpected scares,” Guy said of the haunted event. “It should be really good.”
This year marks the second year in the haunt business for Guy, as he looks to get a share of the Halloween scare market with EBE Haunts, the sister company of Elite Beatz.
Guy said he first got into the entertainment business in 1998, when he and a friend started Elite Beatz Entertainment to provide disc jockey services for parties.
“I actually was fortunate enough to learn the ropes of DJ’ing from another gentleman in the business and that’s where I kind of got the passion,” Guy said. “I always had the passion for and love of music and such, but I actually got to go to some bars and kind of see how a DJ works.”
He said that over the years, Elite Beatz has expanded its offerings to include DJ, photography and rental services for weddings, parties and special occasions.
His passion for scares, he recalled, dates back to days of his youth.
“As a child, or probably about the middle school age, for about four or five years straight, I would always go over my aunt’s house, who lived in a big neighborhood, on Halloween,” Guy said. “She had the perfect location. One hundred and some kids would come there every trick-or-treat night and I would scare them. I would set up under leaves. I had masks. I came over early and set up.”
After his aunt moved, Guy said he stepped up his scare acting game as a volunteer actor for a fire department’s annual Halloween event.
“I would actually help volunteer as an actor over in Montross, Va.,” Guy said. “So, I actually got some hands-on from a more professional level of it ... they had an old house ... it had rooms. People came and paid admission and such ... I was like ‘Yeah, one day I would love to do this.’”
Guy said he took a break from scare acting until 2014, when he and his wife decided to “give this a shot” with a haunt event of their own.
“We started the next two years, 2014 and 2015,” Guy said. “We just traveled and went to different haunted houses all over to get ideas and see how other companies did things.”
He said that after attending a convention early last year for haunt enthusiasts and owners, the two went to work on season one of CornStalker’s Trail of Terror.
“We were fortunate to go out there in March  to talk to people, take classes. We took a lot of classes about the business,” Guy said. “Got to buy some props and such. So last year was our first year.”
Guy said most of the actors for Trail of Terror are local high school, college and theater actors. He said the majority of actors from last year’s event will be returning with their scare experience to “put on a great show for everybody” during season two.
“They are a completely unique group,” Guy said. “They made this show last year and our reviews ... I haven’t been able to find one negative one on our Facebook page or anything. Everything was positive.”
Scare actor Troy Parlett of Waldorf said he has known Guy for years and worked with him in the past at a haunt event in Virginia. He said this season will be his second as an actor in the show.
“It’s a passion. It’s something I enjoy,” Parlett said.
“We have several rooms that are going to be quite terrifying,” Parlett said. “If you have a terrifying nightmare, this is going to bring it to life.”
Guy said the show this year will be bigger and better than the last, twisting and turning through 5,800 square feet of maze to give scream-seekers “that ultimate scare.”
Tickets to the event cost $15 per person, with a suggested minimum age of 13 years or older. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate. To view the complete event schedule and purchase tickets, or for more information, go to www. ebehaunts.com.
CornStalker’s Trail of Terror will be at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf on Friday and Saturday nights in October. The show is a presentation of EBE Haunts LLC and owner Jimmy Guy.