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Updated: 01/16/2014 08:00:02AM

‘Dead Of Winter’ terror hike to open Friday, Saturday

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Students from the theater department at Sebring High School practice their zombie-like moves as they prepare for roles in Dead of Winter, a fright hike to benefit the Humane Society of Highlands County.


A Sebring High School students runs for her life with zombies hot on her heels during a rehearsal for Dead of Winter.

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Two weekends of fright will be offered when The Humane Society of Highlands County stages “Dead of Winter” with zombies, ghosts and goblins along one very long, scary trail.

Humane Society director Judy Spiegel said Terror Trail, traditionally held in October, had to be canceled this year due to flooding from the heavy rains over the summer.

“This is not a make-up event for the Halloween-themed Terror Trail,” she said. “Dead of Winter has a theme of its own, created by Sebring High School’s theater outreach program.”

The first two evenings of Dead of Winter will come Friday and Saturday. The fright trail will then re-open Friday, Jan. 24 and again on Saturday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $10 each with all proceeds going to the Humane Society of Highlands County.

The fright hike will be in a wooded area behind the Humane Society at 7321 Haywood Taylor Blvd., near Sebring Regional Airport. Visitors should purchase tickets at the Humane Society office. Tickets will be sold from 7 to 10 o’clock each evening. The event closes after the last ticket holder has completed the walk.

Many of the costumed characters awaiting visitors along the scary path are from the Sebring High theater department. The students have practiced make-up and zombie-like movements to enhance to gear factor.

Spiegel cautions that “Dead of Winter” will feature characters, scenes and special effects affiliated with the Winter months. “Fear fans take note, the characters and scenes of the Dead of Winter are extremely tainted and very disturbing,” she said. “The event is designed and intended for teens and adults and is too intense for small children.”