It's a chilly autumn night when you find yourself standing at the edge of a dark forest.
A thick blanket of fog slowly emerges from the tree line. Somewhere to your left, a branch breaks. Suddenly, a blood-curdling scream fills the air. It takes you a moment to realize it came from your lips.
Will you survive the journey ahead of you or will The Walk of Terror destroy the courage you once thought you had?
Only time will tell.
This Halloween season, the things that go bump in the night can be found lurking around Caravan Farm Theatre in Armstrong and you're invited to join in in the frightening fun.
For the past 19 years, Caravan Farm Theatre has delighted fans each October with its spooky delights.
According to the event's originator, Estelle Shook, visitors should expect to be scared like they have never been scared before this year.
In previous years, Shook explained in an interview with KTW, some patrons would walk away feeling the event was not smart enough.
Those sentiments changed last year when the event was forced to undergo changes due to the pandemic.
Shook said people who wanted it to be scarier got their wish in 2020.
“And that's fantastic!" she said. "If people want to be frightened, we want to deliver."
The plot for this year's event — The Walk of Terror: System Failure — is being kept under tight wraps. Only those directly involved in the production know what is to come.
"The story itself we're keeping a little bit under wraps because it's best as a surprise,” she said. “I will say it is narrative-driven. There is a strong narrative thread."
However enigmatic her response may have been, the theatre's artistic and managing director let a few key details slip.
"Last year, we had three performers [for the production] from the Kelowna-based circus group Kinshira Entertainment. This year, we are featuring five performers,” Shook said.
What's more, fans will be happy to learn, this year's show will include the return of fire-spinning, which, in addition to aerial work and stilt-walking, is what Kinshira is best known for.
In addition, the 2021 Walk of Terror will also reintroduce patrons to an audio-immersive sound approach inspired by internationally renowned sound artists and Okanagan residents Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.
Shook said Cardiff and Cardiff and Bures Miller craft stories and create binaural soundscapes that transport visitors, Shook said, noting the blended experience has an audio story, professionally performed, with sound effects that appear in a 4D way, in addition to design and live performances.
The Walk of Terror runs from Oct. 8 to Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. There are three 60-minute slots each night.
To purchase tickets, go online to the Caravan Farm Theatre website or call 1-866-546-8533.