BEATS will be hosting its fourth annual Haunted Horse Hill event starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at Mariposa Farms, 75 Red Gate Trail in Canton.

The event raises money for BEATS’ hippotherapy and aquatic therapy in treating children and adults with disabilities. The therapy helps to improve balance, muscle strength and speech.

BEATS owner Bethany Nugent said Haunted Horse Hill has become a key part of the yearly fundraising efforts for the organization with its variety of activities that appeal to kids of all ages.

“We will have a kids zone, which will consist of pumpkin painting, face painting, games, a bounce house, and trick-or-treating with our costumed horses,” Nugent said.

Also at the event will be another haunted house created by Ross Spencer, who has created the haunted houses for all four editions of Haunted Horse Hill. Nugent said that because of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, all patrons of the haunted house will be asked to wear a mask and will have their temperature checked. She added that the haunted house has lots of sensory experiences to provide plenty of frights, and actors within six feet of patrons will have face coverings. Only family groups up to four people will go in at a time.

“Out of respect for COVID-19 concerns, we will be adapting things and enforcing several precautions in order to provide a safe, fun event for kids and adults,” Nugent said. “The space is large and spread out, social distancing will not be an issue. Volunteers will have face coverings, and candy will be pre-bagged and we will also have gloves and tongs for those who want to pick out their own. Volunteers will be wiping down games and utensils used.”

BEATS Physical Therapist Gabi Camacho added that Haunted Horse Hill is an opportunity for the community to meet the horses and enjoy the barn outside of the equestrian or therapy world, and it also helps to get the word out about the clinic in a fun and festive way.

Haunted Horse Hill is open 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31 at Mariposa Farms, 75 Red Gate Trail near Canton. Admission is $10 for the haunted house and $5 for the kids’ zone. All proceeds will go toward taking care of the horses and creating scholarships for clients who need its services.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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