It’s been a Mansfield tradition for a few years but with the current co-chairs stepping down, Haunted Hallows finds itself in need of a new team to run the halloween staple.
After three years of planning the holiday tradition, Janine Rose and Pat Colbert are looking for two new people to take over and keep one of the most popular Halloween spots in Mansfield open.
“We’re hoping that Haunted Hallows can continue with somebody else,” Rose told the Mansfield Board of Selectmen during a review of the event.
While the event did not raise as much money as expected, the organizers insist that it was a success in the sense that it brought together over 100 volunteers from Mansfield students to work on the event and gave them a chance to take part in something local.
“We did not have success in the sense of financial success if that’s how you grade Mansfield Haunted Hallows. We do not grade Mansfield Haunted Hallows in numbers. Dollars and cents is more of a byproduct of what we do,” Rose said. “Haunted Hallows is successful because we attack a niche that is not provided for which is some kind of youth organization.”
$2,500 was donated to the Mansfield Animal Shelter, $2,500 was given to the West Side Benevolent Circle, and $1,000 was donated to Our Daily Bread Food Pantry.
While Halloween is still months away, there is a sense of urgency from the group to make the town aware of the openings now to help keep the event a local operation. In the past, promoters that specialize in haunted houses and other Halloween events have offered to take over Haunted Hallows but that would mean taking away work from the teens that volunteer.
“We declined because It would go against what we thought was right for the kids and what we hoped to achieve by continuing Haunted Hallows,” Rose continued.