Heat, thunderstorms, the weather and calendar say August; but Kathy Sacher Wilson says Halloween!

She is already preparing the 2011 Idyllwild Haunted Ghost Town. As soon as Ken Dahleen closes his saxophone case and pulls the final acoustical wiring, Wilson wants to begin constructing this year’s primo Halloween event.

“It takes a long time to set up,” Wilson. “I still have all the walls and sets.”

Ghost Town will use the same sets and scenery as last year, but Wilson still has new plans and ideas for this year’s visitors. She is hoping to top 2,000 attendees. Ghost Town will be open October weekends through Halloween, Oct. 31.

The annual project has gotten bigger than her personal and family efforts. This year, she is asking for bids to construct the facility. She has floor plans and designs that can be followed.

Contractors interested in bidding should contact Wilson directly at (951) 659-3228.

It is likely that Ghost Town will once again be constructed on the Idyllwild Community Center Site. “ICRC [Idyllwild Community Recreation Council] has not formally met with the PTA to discuss their future plans with the Ghost Town. However, due to the success of last year’s event and the fundraising efforts for our school, ICRC plans to collaboratively work together with PTA to see this event on the Idyllwild Community Center property,” said Dawn Sonnier, ICRC president.

Proceeds from Ghost Town are contributed to science and technology projects at Idyllwild School. “After all of the budget cuts, they’re hurting,” Wilson said.