by Lorie Lewis Ham
What better way to celebrate Halloween than by being able to not only have a fun scary evening, but also help animals in need. Next weekend on October 25 and 26, Animal Rescue of Fresno (ARF) will be having its sixth annual Halloween Fright Night, which will raise funds for their animal rescue work. The fright night’s are basically like an obstacle course in the dark with actors and you become part of the story. Each night will go from 6:30 to 11 p.m. We chatted with Vice President of ARF, Mindi Miller, about this event, which this year is called Asylum.
KRL: What exactly is Asylum?
Mindi: This year the show is based around an Insane Asylum….be afraid, be very afraid.
KRL: Does each year have a different name and theme?
Mindi: Yes. This is a labor of love from a few of our haunted volunteers.
KRL: What kind of things will be taking place at this event?
Mindi: We will be selling ARF wear, dog clothes and we will have yummy snacks and refreshments.
KRL: How did this event first come to be and what made you decide to do a Halloween event to raise money for ARF?
Mindi: As mentioned before this is a labor of love. Halloween happens to be the holiday of choice for one of our Board Members and he and his special events volunteers really pour their heart and soul into this event.
KRL: I notice your flier says PG 13–what about the event makes it PG 13?
Mindi: The content matter can be scary and intense. There may be some blood, loud noises and lots of things that go bump in the night. The team puts a lot of thought into the scripting and the timing of the frights. Last year during Zombie Outbreak we had to find three vials of antidote and give them to the Dr. to try and save humanity. All while being scared by zombies chasing you, flashing lights, popping sounds, sirens. It is a true experience. Not just a walk through and look at something scary. You are an actual part of the action.
KRL: Where will this be taking place?
Mindi: For two nights, the ARF facility is turned into The Asylum. 4545 E Dakota Ave, Fresno
KRL: What kind of food will be at this event?
Mindi: There will be cupcakes, candy coffee, hot chocolate and hot cider sold.
KRL: Will there also be info about ARF?
Mindi: At every event we have information about our organization, the many ways to donate to help the dogs and also the all important information on spay/neuter, vaccinations and what it means to rescue a dog.
KRL: Will there be any adoptables at this event?
Mindi: Because of the lateness of this event our dogs will be asleep. But you can always go to our website to see our adoptables www.arf-fresno.com.
KRL: Can people wear costumes and are there any restrictions on what kind?
Mindi: No restrictions other than there is no smoking, weapons or dangerous items as part of a costume….I’d recommend sneakers.
KRL: How many volunteers are involved in putting together?
Mindi: There is a core group of about a dozen volunteers that create the experience and then there are others that step in to support this great group of people while they become The Asylum.
KRL: How much time is involved in putting this together each year?
Mindi: There is usually a solid two months of preparation, script writing, video filming, set creation.
KRL: How much are tickets and where can people purchase them?
Mindi: Entry is $7.00 at the door.
KRL: What kind of souvenirs will be at your souvenir booth?
Mindi: There will be Asylum T-shirts, ARF T-shirts, and miscellaneous dog items.
KRL: Anything else you would like to add?
Mindi: Everything that is being done is for the dogs of ARF. All proceeds go directly to ARF to support services and care for the dogs rescued by ARF. Animal Rescue of Fresno works tirelessly to make a difference on the huge population of homeless dogs in the Central Valley. ARF works with many groups to relocate dogs from the Valley to Southern Oregon, Minnesota and Canada. Your donations help support all of these efforts along with ensuring our rescues are spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. The safety and welfare of our rescues is paramount!!!
Spay, Neuter, Vaccinate, Donate, Rescue and Love. For more information please call 559-225-5715.
If you are looking for more great Halloween events in the Valley, be sure to check out our articles on Zoo Boo, Hillcrest Farm Pumpkin Patch, Halloween in the Library, and Hobb’s Grove.