This Friday the 13th, Jason invades local Haunted Forest attraction

HARRISBURG, IL – It’a Friday the 13th, a day many think of as the unluckiest of the year. People are testing their luck at the annual Haunted Forest in Harrisburg.  

If you plan to go to this year’s Haunted Forest, you better be prepared for a scare. It’s their 25th anniversary, and with the help of a new friend, it’s bigger and better than ever.

“Come Prepared To Be Scared,” said Haunted Forest Coordinator Lisa Knight.

No one has seen Jason for eight years, but on Oct. 13, 2017, Jason lives.

“Tonight, I’m hoping for some great screams. Like I said, I’m hoping to increase that body count from 18 to maybe 50,” said C.J. Graham. You may not have recognized him, but underneath the mask, he played Jason Voorhees in “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th part 6.”

He put his famous hockey mask on Friday to give people in Saline County, Illinois, a good scare.

“Thirty years later, here we are in 2017, and everyone knows that hockey mask. It’s a worldwide franchise,” said Graham. And if you are wondering how Graham transforms into his iconic role, he says it’s just a flip of a switch.

“We all get frustrated throughout the day. I just get to act out my frustrations,” said Graham.

But it’s not all about scaring people. The money from the event will go to Coleman Tri-County Services, an organization that helps people with developmental disabilities.

“It’s a great cause, because a lot of people are not as fortunate. It gives an opportunity to give back,” said Graham.

After Jason adds to his body count, he is going back to Crystal Lake. The scares will continue all day Saturday at the Saline County Fairground. C.J will be signing autographs throughout the day.

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