Photo by Jeff Poulan shows T-Mobile senior manager Dan Digirolamo standing along The Haunted Trail.
A creaking door; the flash of moonlight on a sharpened knife blade.
A face peers from the shadows with a toothless, wicked grin -- then all is quiet.
Too quiet, perhaps.
Be careful this weekend. Be very careful -- after all, it is Halloween.
At T-Mobile on Kennedy Memorial Drive at the Waterville-Oakland line, the company's first Haunted Trail is set to run from 6-11 p.m. Saturday in the dark woods near the call-center headquarters.
"It is a haunted trail; it's going to be at nighttime and we are building things that are meant to be a little heart pumping -- certainly not for the little kids; but children, young adults and adults are all welcome."
Digirolamo, of Waterville, said the setting for the scary trail is a macabre logging camp where the chop-chop of the woodsman's ax means getting warm twice, as they say -- once from the fire itself and once from the hot blood of the victims.
The event is free of charge. The rain date is Sunday.
The haunted trail will include scary windows and scary doors along the trail, which runs about a one-third of a mile. There also will be graveyards, a scary wedding and a dark tunnel of some kind -- Digirolamo would not reveal much more.
He said T-Mobile has paid for much of the material and employee hours, but there also have been donations of time and lumber for the structures of the haunted logging camp.
"When the sun goes down on October 28," the Haunted Trail poster reads. "The screams are for real."
Over in Skowhegan, the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual Haunted Halloween Hayride at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday. Rides will go from 6-9 p.m. The rain date is Sunday.
And in Waterville, Colby College will hold its ninth annual Children's Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday from noon-3 p.m. The event is free and designed for children under 11.
In Clinton this year another Haunted Trail is scheduled to run Saturday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at 499 Canaan Road.
"Come join the fun and be scared," is the rallying cry from the Clinton Haunted Trail "Enter at your own risk."
The trail can be found on Canaan Road, also known as Route 23, on the right about two miles from the Hinckley Bridge.