Haunted Hayride Marks Hal­loween In The Park

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGINNIS

Denizens of dark and dreary places will be con­verg­ing on Ja­cob My­ers Park this week­end, all the bet­ter to scare you. Or not. The two-day event – the an­nual Hal­loween Haunted Hayride – is sched­uled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fri­day, Oct. 27, and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 28.

The scare-fest is spon­sored by the City Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment and in­cludes scenes scat­tered through­out the up­per park area. Vol­un­teers from lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups work to­gether to put on the event each year, putting to­gether a num­ber of ‘scare sites’ for the en­joy­ment of vis­i­tors.

Ad­mis­sion is $12 for adults and $6 for chil­dren ages four to 12. Those un­der three years old must sit on a lap; some sites may also be too ghoul­ishly re­al­is­tic for the youngest at­ten­dees.

Pa­trons usu­ally park in the west­ern lot, near­est the bridge, and trail­ers pulled through the course pro­vide a van­tage point for ob­servers of the fright­ful­ness in the dark.

Scary sights and sounds,

screams, and plenty of moans and groans are promised.

Of­fi­cials said only the ‘bravest’ will sur­vive this scary event, but it is ex­pected to be fun for the en­tire fam­ily.

Par­tic­i­pants spend sev­eral weeks prior to the event get­ting their sites planned and also agree to staff the lo­ca­tion for both nights of the hayride.

Vis­i­tors to River­bank’s recre­ation of­fice at City Hall North may be star­tled slightly by this ogre who over­looks the counter in the of­fice this week. He’s just warm­ing up to be part of the Hal­loween Haunted Hayride, com­ing up Fri­day and Satur­day at Ja­cob My­ers Park.

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