The Sunrise Optimist Club has been chosen as the Newchannel 6 Community Service Champion for the month of October for their dedication to area of Youth. The club raises money each October by transforming the softball complex into a complex of terror.
Bill Franklin is the former president of the Sunrise Optimist Club and says there are two attractions that promise to give people a scare. The first is a haunted house full of zombies and scary clowns. The second is a zombie hayride where people get to ride through a field of zombies, shooting them with nerf guns as they go through. Franklin says, It all got started 16 years ago as a way to raise money for the Rider High school basketball team. Over the years, it grew and money now goes to other youth activities and scholarships. They have around 120 volunteers that dress up as ghost and ghouls. In 2014, around forty six hundred people came through, raising around twenty five thousand dollars.
2015 will bring added spooks both inside the haunted house and in the zombie fields. Organizers say expect more scary clowns and more zombies. It will also take longer to get through both. They hope it will bring in even more people to scare. It all gets started on the weekend of October 16th. It runs from 7:00p.m. until Midnight both Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween. The cost is $6 for the haunted house and $6 for children 7 and under for the zombie hunt. Kids older than 7, will have to pay $10. The cost will include nerf guns and bullets.