Camp Anderson's FEARFEST

All aboard! The haunted hayride pulls out in this 2019 FEARFEST photo from Camp Anderson.

After a year off due to COVID in 2020, Camp Anderson, in Snyder Township, is once again looking forward to holding a Halloween favorite attraction, Fear Fest. For several years, Camp Anderson, located in the Van Scoyoc Hollow, offers residents from all over Central PA and beyond a great opportunity to enjoy a scary and fun time at the camp.

This year, FEARFEST will again offer a haunted house and hayride, escape rooms, and an Extreme Trail, sponsored by Mattas Motorsports. This year, the paintball experience will be something new. Rather than shooting at “zombies,” as in the past, this year visitors can take their aim in Alien Invasion Paintball, sponsored by Dale Oxygen, shooting at images rather than live characters. There are four escape rooms in all, and visitors can choose one or try them all. Snacks are also available.

FEARFEST is coming up during the last two weekends of October, Fridays and Saturdays, October 22 and 23; October 29 and 30, from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly.

After the year hiatus, Camp president Brian Bressler said, “We’re looking forward to it! Rain or moonlight!”

Bressler said that organizers are glad to see FEARFEST return, as it is one of the largest fundraising events for the local camp, drawing about 2,000 people for the four nights. People at camp have been very busy getting ready for the event. Bressler said earlier this week, they already had the maze of haunted rooms in place and were working on the escape rooms at the chapel.

Patrons are asked to park at the Smith Transport parking lot, located on Old Route 220 in Bald Eagle. They will then be bussed free, to and from the event, courtesy of Beckwith Busing.

Bressler said, “If you want to get out and enjoy a great time, come join us. This event helps fund the many programs offered at the camp. Scouting events and public events. Rentals are available for weddings, reunions, church functions, cabins for camping, picnic pavilions and other events,

‘We would like to thank the many people who volunteer to make this event possible. Those that do the set up, actors and those that make and sell the food.”

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