Volunteering for the Thrill of it

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The Haunted Labyrinth, a faith based non-profit, run entirely by adult and youth volunteers at the Rejoice in Hope Youth Center, began with the goal of encouraging leadership and ministry while providing a fun attraction to the public.

For the longest-running haunted house in New England it’s not just about Halloween and scaring, it’s about bringing young people into the Church and offering them roles of leadership. Hundreds of youth and adults from parishes within the Diocese of Providence have participated in this unique annual project, assisting with design, building and performance.

Some use the time for their school community service hours and others just for the fun of it. With all the other haunted attractions available in Rhode Island, the Haunted Labyrinth is one of the few positive, yet still thrilling, family oriented attractions.

But, for the Haunted Labyrinth leadership, the priority is placed on more Bible than “boo’s.” Before the line of eager patrons begins forming outside of the Haunted Labyrinth, 50-70 volunteers, depending on the night, are busy putting the finishing touches on their costumes and taking time for prayer and reflection. The Haunted Labyrinth offers a chance for many of the teenagers to learn about aspects of the Catholic faith.

For the hundreds of volunteers who have returned inspired and excited each year, the Haunted Labyrinth has offered the youth an opportunity to use their gifts, talents and creative energy in a positive, productive and fun way.