EAST PALESTINE — He made his fame as the man who slashed people for their skin in the cult thriller “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,” and for one Saturday this month he will help East Palestine raise money for hurricane relief.
Bill Johnson, who played Leatherface in the 1986 sequel, will be visiting the Creepy Hollows Haunted Trail on Oct. 14 to meet people and sign autographs.
Nathan Foster, who organizes the trail each year, said that he was trying to come up with something big to do this year to celebrate the trail’s 10-year anniversary.
Foster came across Johnson and his agent on Facebook and the actor agreed to fly to Ohio from Austin, Texas, to help with the trail.
“He did us a big favor getting out here,” Foster said.
He also said that Johnson has agreed to help him find a group to donate all the proceeds of the haunted trail for hurricane relief.
This is the first year the trail proceeds will go toward something outside of the village. Before, all revenue was donated back to the Friends of the Park.
Foster said he wanted this year’s money to go to those affected by the hurricanes in not only Texas but other places as well.
The trail costs $5 per person and is open from 8-10 p.m. every Saturday in October, beginning this weekend.
However, the trail will open to the public at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 to give people more time to meet with Johnson.
Foster said an additional fee will be charged for signed autographs by Johnson, who will be available to meet in a 20- by 20-foot tent at the entrance to the trail.
Foster described the tent as an area for a “mini horror convention” of sorts.
In addition to Johnson, the trail will also feature the Mystic Paranormal and Cleveland Paranormal groups, who will be doing live podcasts from the event.
Delphi Oracle and artist Jay E. Fife of Wellsville will also be available.
“I’m hoping to attract people from all over,” Foster said of adding more new things each year.
The trail itself is also always evolving, with this year’s trail to feature a 3D black light maze.
“We have some new things built this year, so it is kind of a new trail, a little more creepier,” he said.
Anybody interested in volunteering at the trail is asked to meet at the Girl Scout cabin at the park at 5 p.m. every Saturday.
Foster pointed out that area students can earn their school’s required community service hours by volunteering at the event.
He also wished to thank those who have already helped with the event.
More information can also be found on the Creepy Hollows Haunted Trail Facebook page.
Originally published in Morning Journal 10/6/17