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Terror on the Trail at Sims Lake Park

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By day, Sims Lake Park is an idyllic retreat for four-legged creatures on leashes, children who frolic on the playground, and walkers and joggers pacing themselves around the 7-acre lake. But beware the park after dark! Over two weekends this month, the park”s 1.2-mile looping trail will be transformed into a haunting backdrop for zombies and tales of terror.

In cooperation with the City of Suwanee, the Aurora Theatre will bring Terror on the Trail, a haunted attraction, to life Friday and Saturday, October 14 and 15 and October 21 and 22. Zombies will lead the brave of heart through Sims Lake Park to hear tales of terror. The first tour will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening with the last tour starting at 9:30. Tours last approximately 75 minutes.

Tickets are $15 in advance and available at www.terroronthetrail.com or by calling the Aurora Theatre Box Office at 678/226-6222. Tickets also may be purchased at the park for $18. Sims Lake Park is located at 4600 Suwanee Dam Road.

“Teenage zombies will lead guests to tormented, tortured souls, who will recount for them their personal tales of horror,”# says Al Stilo, director of sales and marketing with the Aurora Theatre. “The legions of undead who haunt the lake subsist on human fear, and our storytellers are charged by their zombie captors to frighten folks for their pleasure and sustenance.”#

In reality, Stilo says, Terror on the Trail is somewhere between a historic storytelling and haunted house experience, featuring professional storytellers who weave a new mythology and lore around the historical grounds that surround Sims Lake. There are some special effects, but nothing will jump out to startle visitors.

Guests are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and to dress for the weather. No flashlights please (the zombies don”t like light). While the tour is wheelchair accessible, strollers are not permitted. The tour is not recommended for children under 10; it is strongly suggested that children 12 and younger be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.terroronthetrail.com or call the Aurora Theatre at 678/226-6222.