Chills and thrills await at Trail of Ter­ror

Noises, scares, gore fea­tured at CornStalker’s

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CAROL SMITH csmith@somd­news.com

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 [2016] 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.

STAFF PHOTO BY CAROL SMITH

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.

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