Bridgewater equestrians combine horror and fundraising with haunted house

An evening of heart-racing frights and spine-chilling experiences – all calculated to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and the Bridgewater College Equestrian Club – will be on tap Saturday, Oct. 27, at the BC Equestrian Center from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Using the white-columned, pre-Civil War house at the center’s entrance as the focal point of the evening, 85 members of the equestrian club will create a fright-filled scenario titled “The Haunted Story of the Mansion.” The story revolves around a fictional family – the Smiths  – and the horrific experiences they had in the house.

Tour guides will lead participants through the rooms, each one of which has been decorated and “rigged” to provide maximum Halloween-style chills and horrors.

Admission for living souls is $5 and for students with ID $4. A $1 reduction in admission may be achieved by bringing a can of food. Food donations will benefit the food bank.

“This is one of the most fun and creative fund-raisers we’ve ever held,” said Juliana Peterson, a Bridgewater College senior from Westminster, Md., and president of the BC Equestrian Club. “Although we’re not advising it for children under eight, others who want a good, old-fashioned scare and who want to donate to a good cause should come out and join us – if they dare!”

The Bridgewater College Equestrian Center is located at 102 Burketown Road in Weyers Cave (just off U.S. 11).

For further information, call (540) 223-2437 or email Beth Boteler, assistant to the director of riding, at

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,750 undergraduate students.

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