Little Cinderellas and Iron Men squealed excitedly and ran to their parents Saturday night at the sight of a spooky bus covered in cobwebs with a bloody driver and his passengers left inside.
The kids were attending the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween event, its second-annual Haunted H.A.C., held at the Homestead Aquatic Center.
The event featured free activities for kids, including Trunk-or-Treat and a Spooktacular Swim.
The Trunk-or-Treat featured a fleet of vehicles decorated in a Halloween theme, whose drivers handed out packaged candy to the kids attending.
Andrea Judge, a first-time volunteer, decorated her own car with skulls and pumpkins and dressed up like a witch in black.
“It’s something fun for the kids, and I like Halloween as a holiday," Judge said.
"It's fun to get dressed up and get your car fixed up, and the kids can come around and have a fun trick-or-treat."
Volunteers signed up for the event to decorate their cars and pass out candy for kids. Most of the volunteers were Parks and Recreation Department employees or volunteers for the YMCA Leaders Club.
The Leaders Club donated candy, led the games and provided at least ten volunteers to help with decorations, said Lizzie Burrill, the assistant aquatic supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department.