Leonardtown, MD — The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad (HVRS) is trying to give you a heart attack. Just kidding! Actually it’s all in good fun at the first ever Haunted Trail of St. Mary’s at the county fairgrounds south of Leonardtown.

As a matter of fact the volunteers have issued a warning – “May be too intense for young children and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 14.  Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.”

The Haunted Trail of St. Mary’s concludes a three night run Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. Admission is $10.

This is an outside event so you are advised to dress accordingly. Bring a sweatshirt and gloves as you may be crawling, walking, running on muddy trails and/or uneven ground. Sneakers are recommended.

The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad offers the following advice on their website: “This attraction reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone. You will experience loud audio, lighting, extremely low visibility, flashing lights, fog, special effects and sudden actions by actors. You should never enter a haunted house attraction if you suffer from extreme heart conditions, you are prone to seizures, any severe medical problem or suffer from any type of mental disease.

“Do not enter the Haunted Trail of St. Mary’s if you are intoxicated, under the influence of illegal drugs or heavy medications.  Do not smoke, run, eat or drink in the attraction. There is absolutely no touching of the actors, the mechanisms or props inside the attraction. No video or flash photography is allowed. Your cell phone must be put in silent mode during your tour.

“You may not be permitted to enter the attraction or asked to leave the attraction if rules are not followed. There are absolutely NO REFUNDS.”

The Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad is about to embark on an ambitious campaign to raise funds for a new building, so your support will be appreciated. And it’s a chance to have a good time for All Hallows Eve.

For more information go to the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad website: www.hvrs.org

Please enjoy the attached Photo Gallery from the first night, Thursday Oct. 29 by The Bay Net Photojournalist Ron Bailey.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thyebaynet.net