The Tunnel of Terror is returning this Halloween season, and community members are invited venture into the Brockville Railway Tunnel for a half-kilometre haunted walk…if they dare.
The Tunnel has been terrifying Brockville and area residents since 2018, with two years off in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID.
Although it’s clearly a Halloween-themed event, Tunnel of Terror owner and organizer organizer Amy Hawkins works with a small group behind the scenes pretty much year-round on things like set and prop design. Each year, they explore a different theme, though some favourite characters, such as the Coven of Witches, return annually.
“During the event we have a core group of around 20 actors, and we also have our amazing student volunteer actors,” Hawkins says, explaining that it’s a fun way for high school students to earn their required volunteer hours.
“So we have a lot [of students], at least 40. We run from 6 to 10 p.m. so we don’t require them to be there for every night, but a few have.”
Last year, roughly 3,500 come through the Tunnel of Terror, and Hawkins estimates that about 10,000 have been through since it started in 2018.
Hawkins says her favourite part of the event is bringing together people from all walks of life who share a common love of Halloween.
“There’s something magical about putting on a costume and becoming a character and we love seeing people bring their characters to life.”
She notes that the event is a true community effort.
“We are extremely grateful to the City of Brockville for their continued support of our event, to the Brockville Arts Centre for handling our ticket sales (available now on their website), and to our entire team because this really is a huge group effort.”
She adds that local high schools also play a key role in the event, and the Tunnel of Terror will be donating a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to their drama clubs and departments.
“We are super grateful for our team and are very excited to be able to help support local youth in their love of the theatre.”
This year’s Tunnel of Terror runs Oct. 19 to 22 and 26 to 29. Adults are $15 each, $10 for children or $40 for a family. All fees and taxes are included.
“We hope to scare…I mean see you there,” Hawkins jokes.