press release 26th Year of Terror — "Fear is Art"

SEPTEMBER 01, 2020

The Trail of Terror in Wallingford, CT celebrates its 26th year.
Nearly $2 Million donated to local charities and community projects.

Wallingford, CT – October 2020 marks the 26th Anniversary of the Haunted Attraction. The very popular, non-profit, Trail of Terror has donated close to $2 Million benefitting local charities, individuals and community projects in need.

The non-profit Trail of Terror was started by Wayne Barneschi with the help of his family and friends in his front yard as an elaborate Halloween decoration. A quarter century later, the haunted attraction covers 4 acres of woods, is staffed with 200 volunteers a night, and entertains over 20,000 frightened guests every October. Halloween enthusiasts travel from all over the United States to visit the attraction.

The Trail of Terror Advisory Board searches for local charities in need and tries to help them any way they can. Focusing on homeless shelters, youth programs, veteran groups, volunteer fire departments, drug and alcohol awareness and animal rescue organizations. They even are in the process of saving a historic building in the area.

“Our slogan is We Scare Because We Care”, stated Wayne Barneschi. “We love Halloween and we love our town.”

“I’ve been with the Trail of Terror for more than 20 years now and I’ve seen first hand what having this organization in our town has done for the town and its volunteers.” Said volunteer Bruce Snyder. “Year after year people may see me in a Trail of Terror Boo Crew sweatshirt and thank me for making a difference. I can’t explain the sense of pride that gives me to be associated with such an amazing organization.”

To learn more about the Trail of Terror and the charitable work of Scare Crew Productions, please visit

Wayne Barneschi
Executive Director