October is here, and the Lebanon Department of Parks has begun preparations for its annual Fright Forest Haunted Trail.
“Volunteers have been planning for months to ensure the biggest and spookiest haunt yet,” said James Heine, a long-time volunteer. “I can’t wait. We have all new surprises hiding in the trees that’ll really get people’s hearts pounding.”
Each year Abner Longley Park’s nature trail on the south side of Lebanon is transformed into a spirited haunted attraction. Guests who dare enjoy a half-hour guided walking tour filled with things that go bump in the night. Admission also includes a hayride.
For families who are looking for a little less scare, a fright-free celebration is in the works. Programs Director Kelly Cook is preparing for more than 200 children to attend fright-free hours on Saturday, Oct. 20. There will be stations where children can play games, create crafts, take a daylight tour of the trail, and enjoy a hayride with their families.
“I love seeing all the kids smiling and having fun,” Cook said. “We add new games each year, and it’s really grown into a festival. We believe it has potential to draw families from all around the state.”
The trail will run starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 20. Admission is $6 per adult, $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and children ages 3 and younger are free.
Fright-free hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20. Admission to fright-free hours is $3 per child, with accompanying adults free.
Visit www.frightforest.com or contact Cook at 765-482-8860 for additional information.
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